Oh, My Pasta! is scheduled to open Saturday, Sept. 3, at 142 Montague Street, site of the former Taze Turkish restaurant (and Kapadokya before that). The 100% local eatery is owned and operated by Marco Lasala, a native Italian from Barletta in southern Italy, who recently moved to Brooklyn Heights.
Lasala tells BHB that Oh, My Pasta! will offer a menu of family recipes he assembled from his homeland, including such appetizers as Bruschetta olio, Focaccia della Nonna and Tagliere di Mozzarella; 15 freshly made pastas, including orecchiette, troccoli, strozzapreti, ravioli, pappardelle, lasagne, peperonata and caponata; a steak, fish or filet special each day; salads; and five homemade deserts: Tiramisu, Cassata siciliana, Baba alla cream, Torta al cioccolato and Zeppole fritt. Entrée prices run between $9 and $16.
He also points out that the virgin olive oil used to cook many of the dishes is imported from Lasala’s home region of Puglia in Italy, whose trees are renowned for strong, sweet-smelling olives.
The restaurant’s executive chef is Brooklyn-born Steve Lecchi, who has worked at establishments in Italy, France and the Hamptons, as well as a private chef. Rodrigo Baldini serves as second chef; his career includes fine dining establishments throughout Italy, as well as an instructor at the Korean Culinary School and TV personality teaching Italian cooking cuisine.
The restaurant is located between Clinton and Henry streets, above Aerosoles. The back patio will also be open this weekend.