Saturday, June 18, 2011

Bruce Logue confirms he's "looking" to open his own place

Posted By on Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 1:50 AM

Chef Bruce Logue
My Friday lunch pals treated me to a meal at La Pietra Cucina yesterday. So, I was able to check out the rumor that I reported Thursday without explicitly naming names.

Chef Bruce Logue says he does indeed have a business plan to open his own restaurant and has been scouting locations, including the one I mentioned at Atlantic Station. However, he has not settled on one yet and is in no hurry to leave La Pietra, having a new baby at home.

So, you don't have to worry about La Pietra Cucina losing Logue immediately. But change is coming.

Friday's lunch was spectacular. Our first course was a plate of whipped burrata mozzarella topped with arugula and Thai basil, scattered with the best grape tomatoes I've tasted so far this year. That was followed by pasta dumplings stuffed with garlicky ricotta cheese. Sliced green beans added crunch and intense flavor.

We all ordered the same entree — a grilled, sliced chicken breast seasoned with Calabrian peppers. Interestingly, the heat of the peppers was not consistent. My order was not even remotely hot, while another at the table was pointedly spicy and a third was somewhere in between. I suspect this has more to do with the sensitivity of our palates than anything else.

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