Ruffino’s set to open new Italian restaurant in Lafayette

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Fans of steak, seafood and Italian will soon have another option to choose from in Lafayette when Ruffino's opens later this month.

Ruffino's, the popular Baton Rouge restaurant, has scheduled its grand opening for May 20th. The Lafayette restaurant will be known as Ruffino's on the River.

Ruffino's took over the space previously occupied by Cochon Restaurant. The new owners completely gutted, redesigned, renovated and redecorated the inside of the facility, from the kitchen to the seating areas, as well as the outside patio overlooking the river.

“We wanted Ruffino's on the River to carve out its own distinctive niche among Lafayette's family of restaurants,” said Ruffino's co-owner Ruffin Rodrigue.

Rodrigue manages the front of the house and operations for the restaurant. His business partner, Peter Sclafani, is a third-generation chef from New Orleans.

“Guests who've dined with us in Baton Rouge will recognize many of our signature dishes that we're bringing with us to Ruffino's on the River,” said Sclafani, Ruffino's executive chef and co-owner. “But I've also taken the opportunity to develop and create a few dishes that will be unique to Lafayette.”

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