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First Look: Lala Restaurant


A chic and cozy Little Italy newcomer, Lala from Busalacchi Restaurant Group, opened February 5, 2024. This jewel box of a restaurant-slash-bar is the latest venture from the family who brought us Barbusa, a Little Italy hotspot that debuted on India Street seven years ago.

Culinarily, Lala’s focus will be on Italian-style cocktails (think amari and other aperitivi) and small, shareable, almost home-cooked style plates, like a hunk of baked ziti and other pastas. There are bigger plates, too, like a steak that’s sliced in the kitchen.

Lala is intended to be a casual, good time, but with style. “Someone said Lala’s maximalist, and, yeah, sure…” Busalacchi said, “but, really, it’s just elegant and cohesive. You’re not going to feel overstimulated. It’s more intimate and homey.”

Find out more about Lala in the video above.

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