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Tony Angello’s Is Becoming Rizzuto’s

It’s a second life for the Lakehouse locale

Spicy crawfish tortellini at Creole Carre.
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The Lakehouse spot that housed legendary Tony Angello’s Ristorante is getting a fresh breath of life later this month, reports Ian McNulty over at The Advocate. Brothers Phil and Jack Rizzuto are opening up Rizzuto’s Ristorante & Chop House in this location, slated to open later this June.

The brothers grew up dining at Tony Angello’s, which closed on Christmas Eve 2016 after a 40-year run and served Creole Italian food. The Rizzuto brothers are piggybacking off this mix, keeping the Creole and Italian flare and adding to the mix prime steaks.

The Rizzuto brothers are not new to the restaurant game — the pair also run Italian eateries in other parts of the city, including Amici on Magazine St. and Creole Carre on Bourbon. So it makes sense that the new-old spot would be Italian — though the brothers are aware that opening an Italian spot at the old Tony Angello’s location will come with its fair share of comparisons.

Rizzuto’s will take some inspiration Tony Angello’s former menu — keeping dishes like brisket and tomato salad and a version of eggplant Tina. But it will also differ: think house-made pastas and gelato. And of course, the steaks — dry-aged and bone-in cuts along with pork chops and lamb.