Coming soon to Ithaca's southwest: Mix Social Dining in the former home of Lucatelli's

February 15, 2016 by Mark H. Anbinder

It's been two and a half years since the iconic Lucatelli's Italian Ristorante closed its doors in Ithaca's southwest, and we finally know what will be opening next.

Renovations under way at the former Lucatelli's. Photo courtesy of Mix Social Dining.Renovations under way at the former Lucatelli's. Photo courtesy of Mix Social Dining.Renovations are well under way and we understand Mix Social Dining is slated to open this spring in the Old Elmira Road location where Lucatelli's, and, before it, the Char Pit, stood for nearly thirty years.

"We will gather ingredients from around the globe, while showcasing the bounty of our beautiful region," says a statement from the Mix Social Dining team, which includes folks we know from Mahogany Grill. A representative tells us there will be 24 tapas dishes on the menu, as well as pasta specialties to honor and recall the Lucatelli's menu.

Chef Shayne Johnson from Mahogany Grill and his wife Mix are the restaurant's new owners, and they're working with Matt Torchia, Mahogany Grill's owner, on the new project.

The former Lucatelli's Ristorante. Photo courtesy Joe Scaglione III.The former Lucatelli's Ristorante. Photo courtesy Joe Scaglione III.Dishes "will be dramatically presented and meant to be shared," and Mix Social "will also feature creative exciting cocktails and an extensive wine list."

Lucatelli's was well known for homemade pasta and gnocchi, as well as its antipasto salad bar, steaks, and wine.

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