Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Stuzzi break-up leads partner to search for his own new restaurant.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 4:00 AM

  It’s been two weeks since Giuseppe Scafidi sold his ownership stake in the Museum District restaurant Stuzzi, and he’s spent the past two days looking for a new restaurant space. An investor bought Scafidi’s share in Stuzzi, severing his partnership with Peter Caserta, who has been the target of online ranting. “I’m not responsible anymore,” Scafidi says. “It was an exciting project, a beautiful thing, but it’s not really my concern anymore. I’m really happy about it.” He doesn’t speculate about whether the pizzas he created there will change.

Scafidi is working with real estate agents to find the right spot for an Italian restaurant of his own, probably in the Fan or downtown. It won’t serve pizza because of a two-year non-compete clause in their legal dealings, but it will be “a nice restaurant,” he says. Scafidi owned Bella Luna in Northside before partnering with Caserta to build out Stuzzi, where a wood-fired pizza oven attracted big crowds and food blog buzz as soon as it opened four months ago.



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