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Sep 5, 2008 06:42 AM


First I've heard of it, courtesy of today's Herald, an Italian restaurant going into the old Dedo space in Bay Village, with Chuck Draghi at the helm. I was a big fan of his cooking at Marcuccio's back in the day.

I wonder why the neighborhood approved this place and not what the Rachel's Kitchen folks were trying to do there (they ended up opening Hungry Mother instead, so happy ending, I guess.)

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  1. Oh man I loved Marcuccio's, this is good news indeed.

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    1. re: GretchenS

      didn't see the article but what i understand and as the name suggests, that this will feature northern italian cuisine but lombardia and piemonte in particular?? looking forward to this new italian place opening!

      1. re: GretchenS

        Weeeird. I was JUST Googling Chef Draghi a few days ago to see where he'd gotten to, and came up with nothing. Looking forward to it.

        1. re: Chris VR

          he has been with #9 group for some time in the front of the house... should be great

      2. Does anyone know a bit more history. Where else has Chuck Draghi been? I feel I have experienced his food before but can't recall where.

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        1. re: southie

          After Marcuccio's, I believe he was at Limbo, and then he was the opening chef at 33 Restaurant.

          1. re: Chris VR

            Thanks...any info about before Marcuccio's. I believe I know him but not from any of the places listed.

            Thanks for any info!

          2. re: southie

            article i read says he was waiting tables for 5 years.....

            1. re: eLizard

              Thanks.....I think I remember where I knew him from then...

          3. Omigod. Marcuccio's was the first tasting menu I eevr experienced. I went with a GANG of friends for a birthday, we all ordered that tasting menu, and it was transcendant. Each of us received a totally different combination of dishes for each course. and the deserts showcased a pear tart with Earll Gray tea that I have never forgotten. I'm so psyched; my birthday is coming up!

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            1. re: galleygirl

              It really was a great place and as soon as he left it went downhill in a hurry.

            2. I got an email saying they are doing a fundraiser for an opening event on September 26. Details are at

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