Gianluca Sciagata is no longer at Luca Italian Kitchen but name won’t change

UPDATED — Last year when Melad Stephan told Have You Heard? the name of his new Old Town restaurant would be Luca Italian Kitchen after Chef Gianluca Sciagata, he acknowledged that Sciagata might not stay forever but that the name would.

“Ahhh, well, the name will stay,” Stephan said, quickly adding, “I hope he’s going to be around for a while.”

He didn’t stay long, though.

Stephan says Sciagata, who came from Aspen, Colo., was not happy in Wichita and has left the restaurant.

Former Ya Ya’s Eurobistro Chef Damon Stephens is now the Luca chef.

Stephan says the name won’t change because Sciagata “doesn’t have the trademark on (the) Luca name.”

 

Melad Stephan chooses a name for his new Italian bistro: Luca Italian Kitchen

WICHITA — Melad Stephan has settled on a name for his new Italian restaurant, which will open in the middle of May where his Uptown Bistro used to be in Old Town Square.

Luca Italian Kitchen is named for Gianluca Sciagata, the restaurant’s new Italian chef, who’s coming via Aspen, Colo.

So what will happen when Sciagata one day leaves the restaurant?

“Ahhh, well, the name will stay,” Stephan says.

He adds, “I hope he’s going to be around for a while.”

Melad Stephan to open Italian restaurant in former Uptown Bistro space

UPDATED — He’s been talking about it for some time, and now he’s going to do it.

Melad Stephan is opening an Italian restaurant in his former Uptown Bistro space in Old Town Square.

He hasn’t chosen a name yet.

“This time I’m going to pick something easy for people to pronounce instead of Oeno or Sabor or anything else,” he says of two of his other Old Town businesses.

Stephan has hired Gianluca Sciagata to be his chef.

The Italy native most recently has been working in Aspen, Colo.

So why would he want to come here?

“That’s the first thing I asked him,” Stephan says.

“He said cost of living.”

Sciagata, who says he’s fluent in Italian, Spanish and English, is moving here in early May.

He has an Italian pizzaiolo license, which means he’s adept at making pizzas, and his specialty is cooking in wood-burning ovens.

Stephan is checking to see if he can incorporate a wood-burning oven into his kitchen.

Following some remodeling, he hopes to have the restaurant open by the middle of May.