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There’s new hope for Bay Ridge locals nostalgic for the sight of hanging salamis, imported olive oil, and giant wheels of parmigiano reggiano cheese.

An Italian grocery store and salumeria, will open on 8613 Third Ave. this August — a first-time venture for Louis Coluccio.

“My grandfather and father opened D. Coluccio and Sons 50 years ago this fall,” said Coluccio, owner of the coming A.L. Coluccio. “I became inspired by their courage and entrepreneurial spirit, and wanted to experience the same joy and excitement they felt.”

Bay Ridge residents will have plenty to celebrate as well — Coluccio plans to stock Italian favorites and bolster appeal to a new generation with a few contemporary twists.

That means the ability to sip cappuccinos and espressos in a small café up front — or take out a variety of prepared foods from chef Michael Kogan, of the nearby Owl’s Head wine bar.

“We’ve been going over a menu of Italian American favorites that I love and grew up with, which Michael will put a great modern spin on,” Coluccio said. “Everything will be seasonal and clean and simple, from our roasted chicken to our salads and sides to an amazing porchetta sandwich.”

Coluccio said he is looking to connect with the community and build relationships with local businesses as well — great news for neighbors concerned about the provenance of their food.

A.L. Coluccio [8613 Third Ave. between 86th and 87th Streets in Bay Ridge].

Updated 5:27 pm, August 10, 2012: Story corrected to reflect the fact that the management of Louis Coluccio's new business is not linked to D. Coluccio & Sons, Inc. of Bensonhurst. We regret the error.
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