Halcyon, the funky record store on Pearl and Water with the floor covered in smooth stones, packed up and left Dumbo for Williamsburg in August. Since then, Dumbo residents have been eagerly watching the space to see what would be taking its place. The wait is almost over.
This Monday, December 14, will see the soft opening of Love & Dough, a new Italian restaurant from Arthur Hassani. This is Hassani’s second restaurant, after the Archway Café just two doors down.
Love & Dough’s menu will feature traditional Neapolitan cuisine, the centerpiece of which will be their traditional thin-crust, brick oven pizza. The resident pizzaiolo, Giuseppe, has been making pizza in Naples for over 15 years.
Love & Dough owner Arthur Hassani and designer Richard Velloso of Olga Thinks
It’s a great space for a restaurant, with a cozy design by Richard Velloso of the branding firm Olga Thinks. Striking light fixtures hanging from the high ceiling bathe the tables in warm light. The inside wall is covered with framed black-and-white photographs of iconic Italian celebrities and street scenes — a prettier version of what you might find on the walls of your neighborhood dollar-slice place — along with a few paintings to add splashes of color.
As of this writing, the website seems to be under construction and still appears to have some placeholder information posted. But I talked to the owner today and he told me the restaurant should be open on Monday at 11 a.m. for lunch. Meet you there?