An Italian restaurant is coming to Ruston.
Friends Jeff Macaluso and Michele Lovino bonded over their Italian heritage at a fraternal organization.
Now they’re opening a restaurant together. Macaluso’s wife, Laura, also is a partner in the business.
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Macaluso’s father’s family hails from Sicily, and Lovino is from Calabria, said Macaluso, whose family has resided in Tacoma since the early 20th century.
On his mother’s side, his great-grandmother was the owner of Richards Studio, the prolific photo studio. He resides in that great-grandmother’s home on Prospect Hill. His paternal family arrived in Tacoma via Macaluso’s Sicilian great-grandfather.
Macaluso said to expect Lovino’s menu to lean higher-end but not fussy.
The menu will cover a broad gamut of pastas, from pappardelle to ravioli.
A few pizzas also will pepper the menu, as will a small assortment of steaks, chops and seafood at dinner. Macaluso said the menu will remain intentionally succinct.
The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner with lunch prices around $10 and dinner in the $12 to $24 range, said Macaluso.
Work on the building is underway. An opening date is not set, but the location could open this quarter. Macaluso and Lovino have applied for a spirits license.
The interior of the restaurant will shift only slightly with divider walls moved and a new bar installed.
This is a first restaurant for Macaluso, who owns and operates a shipping-container business at the port. Lovino has been a longtime chef.