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The Wait is Over

The Wait is Over

A long-time Line Avenue staple, Ristorante Giuseppe stood as an icon for well-made, classic Sicilian-style cuisine. The building was grand and inviting, and the happy hour was not to be missed. Families and co-workers often gathered here every day of the week to have a bite or two or a glass of wine or three. Most stunning of all was the wide-open kitchen that was so polished it gleamed. Sadly, Giuseppe's decided to close their doors permanently in June of this year. For many Shreveport citizens, the looming thought during those final days was that they might not ever get the chance to savor Chef Giuseppe's phenomenal dishes ever again. 

Chef Giuseppe standing in front of the now-closed Ristorante Giuseppe.

Chef Giuseppe standing in front of the now-closed Ristorante Giuseppe.

But as in any good story, there is a very happy ending! Now, we have only anxiously await the opening of Giuseppe's Pastacaffe in November of this year. Giuseppe's son, Gio Brucia and Gio's wife Natalie are spearheading the intimate eatery that will specialize in homemade assorted pastas, delicious breakfast panini, a curated wine list and coffee bar and much more. 

Courtesy Giuseppe's Pastacaffe Facebook

Courtesy Giuseppe's Pastacaffe Facebook

The shop will be open Monday - Thursday from 8am to 8pm, Fridays from 8am to 9pm, and Saturdays from 11am to 9am. The space is located in the Pierremont Office Park on 920 Pierremont Road. The dedicated restaurant entrance is on Atlanta Street directly across from the Cuban Liquor parking lot. It's a hard sight to miss with it's cheery, eye-catching red awning. The space is located in the Pierremont Office Park on 920 Pierremont Road. The dedicated restaurant entrance is on Atlanta Street directly across from the Cuban Liquor parking lot. It's a hard sight to miss with it's cheery, eye-catching red awning.

 

The interior will seat just about 40 people. Service will be cafe-style. Order at the counter, take your number, and grab a seat on the long red booth that decks the wall. The interior is modern and sleek, yet homey. Wood counters and floors add richness to the fresh, clean subway tile and chrome accents. Stone tables update the cafe style without overdressing. The walls are adorned with famous celebrity quotes extolling the virtues of pasta as well as a gallery displaying those same folks tucking into a nice bowl of Bucatini or Fusilli. 

Homemade Spinach Pasta, courtesy of Giuseppe's Pastacaffe Facebook

Homemade Spinach Pasta, courtesy of Giuseppe's Pastacaffe Facebook

I for one can't wait to try some of those delicious homemade pastas, and my mouth began to drool at the first mention of Italian Breakfast items. And honestly, who doesn't adore a great cheese and charcuterie board? Sounds like I could breeze in for a caffe and biscotti and accidentally get stuck munching and drinking for a whole afternoon! But I suppose that's the beauty of the place. 

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