Bringing a taste of Italy home from Byerly’s
Posted by Rosalyn Dawson, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants
Monday, March 10, 2014
Handmade gnocchi dripping with signature sauces. Italian-inspired pizza, hand-stretched and fresh from the oven. Baked spaghetti rich with creams and cheeses.
Welcome to Tucci Pronto!
Tucci Pronto is a quick way to enjoy a selection of longtime local favorites from Tucci Benucch, the tasty Italian restaurant located in the Mall of America.
My partners and I at Lettuce Entertain You, owners of Tucci Bennuch and Big Bowl Chinese Express, are excited to announce our newly created fast, casual dining option located in Byerly’s Ridgedale. Lettuce Entertain You partners Scott McCabe and Danny McGowan had always wanted to do a quick-service version of Tucci Benucch using the same structure and service model as Big Bowl Chinese Express. We knew the most important factor in Tucci Pronto’s success would be delicious, quality food.
We began by working with Tucci Benucch to refine their time-honored, ingredient-driven pasta recipes for this type of casual environment. The next step was pizza, of course.
The three of us traveled to Chicago with the goal of tasting as many pizzas as we could. Our last stop was Frankie’s 5th Floor Pizzeria, a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant located on Michigan Avenue. Frankie’s chef and partner, Chris Favero, grew up in an Italian family that owned a pizzeria and his passion for pizza continues to grow. Chris helped us develop Tucci Pronto’s signature pizza - a light, hand-stretched dough that’s baked to perfection in a brick oven at 600 degrees for four minutes. Once you try this pizza, you’re going to be hooked! Our pizzas are available as entire pies or by the slice.
Our first Tucci Pronto location opened on Valentine’s Day in Byerly’s Ridgedale. Come in and be one of the first to try our pastas and fresh made pizzas.
We look forward to welcoming you!