Noodle and Pie, the cult-favorite former pop up from the Dante's Kitchen crew? which operated out of Coulis back in 2011 to much applause from ramen/pork bun/pie lovers? is about to get a permanent home in the old Reginelli's space on Magazine and State, reports Susan Langenhennig. By mid-May, Uptown will be in the midst of a noodle frenzy.
Noodle & Pie is the brainchild of Dante's owner/chef Eman Loubier and his sous chef Brian Armour. Loubier tells the Times-Pic, "the noodles are just something I've been interested in for a while... and the pie, I know it sounds kind of crazy together, but you can't get good pie at too many places in this city, and we do a really good one."
The pies are the handywork of Kristyne Bouley, the creative pastry chef who has pretty much turned Dante's dessert menu into one of the most innovative in the city during the past two years. She's also the wife of Chopped winner Andy Scurlock. Expect custard and fruit pies, and some special gems like honey and pine nut.
As for the rest of the menu, Loubier says:
I can't really say it's going to be Japanese, Vietnamese or Indonesian or Mongolian. We're trying not to pigeon hole it into one area. We'll have slow-cooked meats, yakitori, and with the same focus on local sourcing and high-quality ingredients that we do at Dante's Kitchen.
Prices should be on the inexpensive side, like under $10 range. The restaurant is expected to open in mid May at 741 State Street.