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Luongo’s Centolire to Close Amid Restaurant Bankruptcy

Pino Luongo, a celebrity chef who in the 1980s and 1990s helped popularize Tuscan food with more than a dozen restaurants in the U.S., said he plans to shutter Centolire on New York’s Madison Avenue, his last property.

“At the end of the day, the rent is too high,” Luongo said. Centolire’s monthly rent, utilities and taxes averaged $41,000 since October 2011, according to records in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.