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Marco Wiles abruptly closed his new location of Dolce Vita in the Woodlands, and Katharine Shilcutt wrote about it, opening a floodgate of emotion on pizza, foodies, the suburbs and artichokes. (Have we mentioned we love you guys?) Albert Nurick, who often writes about Woodlands restaurants on his own blog, shared his opinion on the demise of Dolce Vita:

I'm detecting sour grapes from Marco on this one. Blaming the customers? Please.

Other upscale pizza places (Grimaldi's and Crust, for example) are doing very well in the Woodlands. Even without Skee-Ball.

More than one friend who tried Dolce Vita mentioned soggy crusts and other examples of poor execution. In many ways, the Woodlands is a small town... word gets around. And Dolce Vita had zero good buzz out here.

Another factor: Wiles picked a very high profile location... one that has failed three times in as many years. It has parking problems, a tiny kitchen, and no anchors bringing in traffic except during concerts across the street at the Pavilion. And Town Center rents in the Woodlands are high, even by ITL standards.

I didn't expect 'em to fold this quickly, but I didn't expect them to last, either.

There you go. Thanks for the insight, Albert.


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Dalimonte2
Dalimonte2

Re: Bruce McMillian, I've heard the same thing as Barleycorn above. He's been retained by Vallone as a recruiter and kitchen training specialist.

Babs
Babs

Bruce is no longer with the Vallone Group.

Babs
Babs

Although he has been 'retained'

Wyatt
Wyatt

I'll see all of you dorks in hell

Sodgomha
Sodgomha

FUNNY YOU MENTION HELL, WYATT.

The word on Bruce Mc is this: 30 years for sexual assault. Just went down. Trust me, you don't want to know the lurid details. But you can confirm it. Ouch!

Sodgomha
Sodgomha

three more disturbing words to this story: of a minor

Hepburner
Hepburner

I know Bruce McMillan was Tony's right hand man for a long time. But don't think he's at Tony's...now working with Jeff or Joey Vallone probably. The Vallone organization really gave Bruce great training...you can see their influence on him.

Django313
Django313

Does anyone know? Albert? Bruce was a big part of the Vallone organization, as forrmer exec chef at Tony's, then a partner with Jeff at Amici. Did he simply vanish into thin air?Someone?...Anyone?

KorndogW
KorndogW

Let's be civil and not get into that, please.

AlChupaT
AlChupaT

....message from Albert Nurick, brought to you courtesy of Tony Vallone & Family.

Matthew
Matthew

if you can't refute the message, attack the messenger!

BadgerWI
BadgerWI

What message is there to refute?

Marco opens a Dolce Vita in the Woodlands, invests some money, sees crappy returns, decides the community and his cuisine aren't a good match, so shuts it down, earlier rather than later.

Contrast that to Tony Vallone's suburban experience in Sugar Land with Amici. He invests big bucks to build out a space, and spends five losing years there, rather than five losing months.

Which one would you invest in?

Barleycorn88
Barleycorn88

Bruce M went back to Tony's flagship restaurant, and is helping to recruit and coach young line-cooks and the new prep guys.

MaggiemayP
MaggiemayP

Oh, really? A partnership? What's Bruce McMillan doing now?

Albert Nurick
Albert Nurick

Amici wasn't Tony Vallone's restaurant. It was a partnership between his son Jeff and Bruce McMillian.

Matthew
Matthew

so you agree with albert nurick's above comments, then? what are you arguing about?

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