Many are aware of the recent closure of Mo & Lu Pasta. I had the opportunity to speak with several people yesterday at the LC Farmers Market about how sad and surprised they were to see them go. LCFF recently bought the new black planters in front of their location in part to honor that the location had finally gotten a business that was rapidly becoming another of our Lake City gems. The closure of Mo’s as well as El Norte, both participants on our “World of Tastes in the Heart of Lake City” passport program, serves as a strong reminder how important it is that we support our local businesses.
The “passport” program is just one of the ways we are trying to support our Lake City businesses at no cost to the owners. I am happy to say that the new establishment, Beyond the Bowl, will continue to provide stamps on the “Mo and Lu Pasta” circle of your passports.
Please do remember to turn in your passports and work to get your stamps on a level that is comfortable to you. The program runs until September 22nd and just four stamps enters you into a prize drawing. Remember that the first 20 people to turn in their passport in to the Kaffeeklatsch with 7 or more stamps gets a free $10 gift card to the Farmers Market.
With re-development sure to come and prices raising daily for all of us, many of our mom and pop businesses are just hanging on. It is common for these owners to be working for a paycheck and not for a profit. Let them know you support them and that you are glad they are a big part of Enjoying Lake City.
“A little taste of Italy right here in Lake City.”
Here is another installment of our series where the Lake City Young Leaders Program were supported by LCFF to visit some of our local restaurants and report back on their experience.
The following is courtesy of Sata Siad – Sata is a high school sophomore and was a summer 2016 participant in the Lake City Young Leaders program
If you want delicious authentic Italian food that’s under $10, come to Mo & Lu Pasta Co., here in Lake City. Their menu has a wide variety of food like the meatballs, lasagna, pasta and salads, soups, sandwiches, even cheesecakes and drinks and his unlimited bread. Bruno Lezzi owner of Mo & Lu Pasta Co. previously worked in New York and Hawaii and incorporated some of those styles into his new restaurant which has been in business for 1 year now. This is Bruno’s sixth business and it’s located here in Lake City. And who can forget about desserts, eating his cheesecake is like heaven in your mouth!
“I always cooked for me even at a younger age, 10 years old”, says Bruno. Bruno loved cooking since he was young. He was born in Italy and came to America and started from the bottom, from washing dishes to owning a business. “Everything is housemade” Bruno said. He explains how everything is homemade – the pasta, meatballs, even the cheesecakes and his drinks. The customer’s favorite food on the menu is the lasagna and the meatballs.
“You have to take a risk because it is a risk when you start”, is the advice Bruno gives to people who want to start their own business. The restaurant looks beautiful. It has a vintage look, he has newspaper and paints over them that brings life into the restaurant. Bruno also got a Seattle Times article written about how delicious his food is. A little taste of Italy right here in Lake City. It’s like traveling to Italy without being there. One of the best Italian Restaurants here in Seattle!
Mo & Lu Pasta Co.
12518 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125
Open Monday-Sunday 11a.m.-9p.m