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Plum Crazy Vacancy to Soon Be Filled By Italian Eatery

Italian eatery and marketplace Bella Cucina is expected to open later this week.

The space left vacant by Plum Crazy will soon be filled by a new Italian-American eatery and marketplace.

Bella Cucina will be the latest edition to the Kings Park dining scene and is slated to open late this week at the 95 Pulaski Road location, according to owners Anthony Barucci and Tom Lowder.

“Basically we have everything in place,” said Barucci, who said the main focus is pizza, Italian style food and delivery.

“We will have hot steam tables for lunch and deli sandwiches, soups,” said Barucci. Patrons can eat in or take out.

Barucci, who grew up in Commack, had a venue in the Mayfair Shopping Plaza for 10 years and another in Shirley. With both businesses now sold, his main focus will be Bella Cucina.

Patrons will still find specialty groceries and the décor will largely remain the same.

It’s the food that Barucci said will be the change.

“Once they taste the food, they will be back.”

Stephanie Turner July 17, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Wondering- what kind of businesses would be a good addition? I'd live to have a small business, close to home and have been brainstorming...
Stephanie Turner July 17, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Love. Not live. Silly smart phone...
Kerry Smith July 17, 2012 at 04:47 PM
What this town desperately needs is a decent supermarket!!!!
John McCluskey July 17, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I agree with Rachel and Kerry - a Japanese restaurant and a supermarket should do well in town. A good bagel store would be a welcome addition, too. Think about it, you have to drive to Commack, Smithtown or Northport to go to a decent supermarket or get a decent bagel or sushi.
mary ellen moire July 17, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I agree 1 - we do not need another so-so pizza place and 2 - martinos's is WAY overpriced!
mary ellen moire July 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Agreed! Don't we have some sort of Chamber of Commerce that oversees what type of businesses open in Kings Park????
Deb July 17, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Go to Shortstop Pizzeria. The owners are friendly, service is great and it is the only pizzeria you can eat al fresco.
Michelle B July 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM
A coffee shop would be great!
Michelle B July 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I agree!
Scott Ray July 17, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I wish Anthony Barucci well in this endevour. It should do well if the cuisine is above average italian AND the service is the same. From what I heard, that was eactly the disconnect that Plum Crazy suffered from. Even in this tight economy, people will return IF the food is good and they are not paying too much. Of course, with that business model you require alot of return traffic but it's not out of the question. I'm still sorry that Gasparro's on the river folded. Great calzones and a SUPER location. Too bad.
CAB July 17, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Was Gasparros the one in San Remo on the river? I couldnt figure out why that closed..
Mike Arena July 18, 2012 at 01:00 AM
I'm pretty sure every pizza place in Kings Park is overpriced, as a student, I know that a place that'll offer a slice for 2 dollars will beat any other place and will have my service until they close.
Quality01 July 18, 2012 at 01:48 AM
It's pathetic that a plain slice of pizza costs $2.60 at Martinos!
Karen Schug July 18, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Im with Kerry, we could use another supermarket or a good fruit and vegetable market.
Charlie Gardner July 18, 2012 at 02:19 AM
"Think about it"??? - you don't have to think too long though!!! - you DON'T have to "drive to Commack, Smithtown or Northport to get a decent bagel . . . " Waheen Ahmad (Bagel King) is one of the most communtiy-minded shop owners anywhere (see the article re: his recognition by the KPFD) and his bagel shop is one of the best around. If you don't appreciate that combination, then do go out of town.
Home Town Native July 18, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Mary Ellen Moire, are you perhaps a democrat? I ask this because only a person of left wing persuasion could believe that in THE LAND OF THE FREE, anyone has a right to centrally control what types of eateries open. We dont live in a communist country where central planners decide what type of eatery will be allowed in a certain area. WOW, it is so sad so many Americans have no clue what America was formed about - FREEDOM!
KKM July 18, 2012 at 01:34 PM
It's not just a pizza place. It sounds like they'll have sandwiches for lunch and a better 'marketplace,' with specialty, quality food. Great to have an option other than Key Food. The other thing that sounds great is the hot food. When it was Plum Crazy, I'd stop in a couple times a week (especially when it was too hot to cook), and get some great take out chicken francaise, penne a la vodka, etc. Convenient, right off the parkway on the way home. Can't wait for it to open; let's be good neighbors and welcome a 'better' food place in town.
John McCluskey July 18, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Sorry Charlie, Waheen may be a great guy, but the bagels are just not that good. Try a Bagel Chalet bagel and one of his and compare for yourself. It is admirable that you are sticking up for a friend, but sometimes you gotta be little objective. P.S. Thanks for the permission to "go out of town". Why are you so cranky?
KATHY BRES July 18, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I liked Plum Crazy and the food was good. They were a little over priced but you get what you pay for. I wish the new owners success and will give them a try for lunch one day.
Bern July 20, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I just had a special treat of the best pizza in town at the new Bella Cucina! They are not officially open yet but I was given 2 slices of their pizza to test out and it was perfect- Just the right amount of sauce and cheese. By the way, they are making their own mozzerella.Tom and Tony are trying to make it very special and make be offering a lot more than Plum Crazy. Check it out.
kper July 21, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Have to agree with Charlie Bagel King does have great bagels...I don't see anyone complaining when they are standing online 7 days a week. His business seems to be doing well, he will always have me as a customer!!
Paul L. July 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM
@Hometown native: Oh, geez.............. This has nothing to do with freedom or being democrat or republican. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to understand that if you open too many pizzerias (or any other same type businesses) in a small area, some of them will fail and that is not good for the Kings Park economy.
CommackMom July 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Barucci's Pizzeria - owned by Anthony's father - food was not too good - hope this one is better
mary ellen moire July 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Thank you Paul L. I did not think it was worth answering to Home Town Native, but you said it well.
Barbara September 25, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I've been to Bella Cucina twice and the owner and staff, which are all family members, are extremely nice. The pizza is great as well as the lasagna and stuffed portabella mushrooms. They're just starting out and the items are increasing. Give them a chance and you'll be back. They do have specials as you've probably received a flyer in your mail. Judge for yourself!
Jerry January 10, 2013 at 06:35 PM
If you need a great supermarket or fruit and vegetable market, just head down Pulaski to Pat's Marketplace (in the shopping center, corner of Larkfield & Pulaski). A friend turned me on to it, I never even knew it was there! It's a great find! Great prices, great service, and you're in and out rather quickly! The road work on Pulaski is a bit of a pain, but its worth the trip in my opinion--I absolutely HATE Keyfood!!!
allen March 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM
bella cucina is now #1 place in kings park hands down great food .
bellacucina1 March 22, 2013 at 05:14 PM
thank you allen !
Michelle B March 22, 2013 at 05:17 PM
My favorite KP pizza by far! ...and the meatballs oy!! ;)
Charlie Gardner March 22, 2013 at 07:13 PM
The crumbled sausage pizza - 5 stars!!!! (out of 5!)

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