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Bogdan Mocanu Peaces Out at Dolce Vita; Drake Leonards IN At Lüke

The founder of Dolce Vita shockingly departs; and a Besh Group chef steps up at Lüke.

Bogdan Mocanu
Bogdan Mocanu

Todd Price reports that Bogdan Mocanu is OUT at Dolce Vita Woodfired Pizza, the beloved LGD pizzeria he founded alongside biz partner Charlie Ruffollo, and plans to spend more time with his family. Ruffolo has already brought on chef Zac Watters, of Mandeville's Zachary's fame. Watters has been trained by Mocanu and plans toexpand the menu with more traditional Italian dishes. The restaurant plans to add in a bar in 2015 too.  Also good news: Mocanu leaves behind his 60-year-old starter for the dough, so the pizza should still be rockin'.

Price also reports that Drake Leonards has stepped up as chef de cuisine at Besh Group brasserie/oyster happy hour fave Lüke in the CBD, taking over for Matt Regan.

Dolce Vita

1205 Saint Charles Ave Unit C-3, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 324-7674 Visit Website


333 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 524-8890 Visit Website