Bruno Pizza is inching closer to opening at 204 E. 13th St. between Second Avenue and Third Avenue.
We checked in with Demian Repucci, the restaurant designer-consultant who is launching his very own place with Bruno. He and his team held Bruno's first friends-and-family "super-secret, trial-and-error pizza party" on Saturday night. While the evening went very well, he says they still need to do some tweaking on their dough recipe and pizza-making process.
In any event, Repucci says that they will start serving pizzas this coming week.
Aside from pizza, the menu includes various pastas and salads... eventually the space will serve a tasting menu from his executive chefs Justin Slojkowski and Dave Gulino. (You can read more about all this over at Grub Street. Eater has more details here.)
Bruno was also OK'd for a liquor license, but there's still some paperwork pending. So no alcohol at the outset.
Meanwhile, Repucci has been posting photos of the menu items on his Instagram account …
There is a Bruno website with more information, though it doesn't appear fully functioning just yet.