Lady Gaga fans have been waiting with bated breath ever since news broke late last year that Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta, would be opening a restaurant called Joanne Trattoria on 68th Street and Columbus Avenue.
Well, they won’t have to wait much longer. A sign posted to the door of the restaurant now says that the spot is taking reservations starting Feb. 1. The phone number to call is 212-721-0068. Construction project manager Naushab Ahmed told me that the restaurant may open for some friends and family events before Feb. 1, but will open to the public at the beginning of February (there are still a few construction details that need to be worked out). The restaurant will have about 70 seats, including 16 or 18 outside, according to Ahmed.
Joanne, named for Gaga’s deceased aunt, will serve family-style Italian food, with a Southern twist. Chef Art Smith, who used to be Oprah’s personal chef, designed the menu. It was initially supposed to be price-fixe, but it’s not clear now if that will be the case.
The stoves have already been used at least once, when Lady Gaga stopped by with some pals after celebrating in Times Square. Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy and other celebrities showed up for an early-morning chow down after the ball dropped.
Upper West Side, get ready for Gaga’s little monsters!
Photos by Avi.