In a quick turnaround, Pazza Luna closed Sunday and reopens tomorrow (Feb. 2) with new owners Christa and Davide Rossi. Chef Davide, a native of Milan, Italy, is introducing a new menu but will honor Restaurant Week (which runs through Feb. 7) reservations with the promised selections, he said on the phone this afternoon.
The acquisition happened fast, the chef said. He was on a beach in Key West, FL, last week when he got a call that the Locust Point restaurant was available. The couple, who also own a seasonal restaurant, Ports of Italy, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, decided to take advantage of the offer.
According to Ports of Italy’s website, Christa, who grew up in Baltimore, and Davide met while he was a pasta chef at Baltimore’s Sotto Sopra and she worked in the front of the house. They then lived and worked in Milan before returning to the United States in 2004 to open Ports of Italy.
There, the chef creates "authentic Northern Italian dishes with an innovative twist, featuring fresh handmade pasta and risotto which changes daily," the website says.
For now, Pazza Luna will be open from 5-10 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Davide says he plans to eventually be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.