"Get your farm-to-table fix at hip café Louisa's.."

"That night we had dinner at local favorite Louisa's, a cozy little bistro with nautical deco, Brenton shirt-clad wait staff, and a spot-on farm-to-table menu..."

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Will Riccio’s first job was as a dishwasher at this popular 20-seat restaurant, where he worked for several years. Now, as the new owner, the 32-year-old Cape May local is keeping the rotating chalkboard menu and B.Y.O.B. tradition while renewing an emphasis on local seafood and farm-to-table fare.

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July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014

 

When Will Riccio and his sister Honna hit the flavor sweet spot, they do a little celebratory dance. In the kitchen of Louisa’s in Cape May, the pair has turned the classic duo of eggplant and tomatoes into a dance-worthy salad that is a hit with their customers and satisfies the siblings’ desire for their food to be both beautiful and delicious. . . 

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What happens in Cape May, stays in Cape May. Sometimes, what happens in Cape May brings former residents back home to fulfill their dreams.

Will Riccio, 32, was born and raised in Cape May. His first job at 13 was working at Louisa’s Cafe as a dishwasher. He then worked the appetizer station, desserts, waited on tables and then started cooking. All in all, his tenure lasted on and off for seven years, even throughout college.

All of that training would serve him well later on in his career. After college, seeking employment with an interior design firm in New York, Riccio left town for a while. Then it hit him. . . 

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Louisa Hull and Doug Dietsch were two of the original pioneers I mentioned earlier — they opened Louisa’s in 1980 with an artisanal, farm-to-table philosophy that was 30 years ahead of its time. Now they’re handing over the reins to a guy who waited tables and cooked at Louisa’s for seven years. Will is a good friend of mine and I couldn’t be more excited for him, or for Cape May. I’m excited that an energetic young guy who’s full of ideas is going to be running one of the city’s most beloved restaurants, with the help of his younger sister, Honna Riccio (great news that she’s returned to town) and Karen Roth, who has been a mainstay at Louisa’s for years. . .

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If you are coming to Cape May for the restaurant be prepared for a different look on the face of the local restaurant scene. . .

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