17 Summer in Lodi Announces Next Chapter is Coming

17 Summer, the hyper-seasonal fine dining establishment in Lodi, has announced via social media that the business has closed it’s doors after a seven year run.

What began as catering and monthly tasting menus evolved into a full-service restaurant from brother-sister duo Joseph and Jenna Cuccia, with Joseph running the kitchen and Jenna operating the front of house. An episode on CNBC’s Restaurant Startup (Article) was the initial launchpad for the traditional restaurant route — with host Joe Bastianich suggesting one of Joseph’s pastas was better than his mother’s, highly acclaimed restaurateur Lidia Bastianich.

Many culinary options and menus were explored — and Jenna began working more back of house in the kitchen with her brother — plant-based dinners, an Oktoberfest-themed summer, and more recently moved towards a communal/sharing menu concept.

There have been other highlights and accomplishments that were bestowed on the Cuccia’s during their run — NJ Monthly named it one of the 30 Best New Restaurants in the state (Article), Joseph was named semi-finalist in the 2016 James Beard Awards (Article), both were named Restaurant Stars on the Rise — and quite a few others.

From Instagram (Post): “After seven wonderful years at 17 Summer Restaurant, we have decided to close our doors so that we can continue our passion and creativity in a new light. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing countless meals, celebrations, and above all your friendship. You have become part of our family. 17 Summer Restaurant has been widely successful and continued to grow and evolve because of your patronage and support. We will cherish the memories. This is a celebration of the culture we have created and we are excited for the next chapter in our careers. Thank you- Jenna and Joseph”

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