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  • Marcus Samuelsson has severed ties with the meatpacking restaurant/lounge where he promised to introduce Manhattanites to African cuisine, Merkato 55. [Eater]
  • Andrew Carmellini, formerly of A Voce, says he'll return to the scene later this year with a small, rustic Italian spot. [Grub Street]
  • Luca Marcato will relaunch his Upper East Side restaurant, Luca, as Cavatappo Grill. [TONY]
  • Domino's new Gotham City pizza, a literally cheesy Dark Knight tie-in, appears to be regular pizza that has OD'ed on pepperoni. [Slice]
  • East Village's Bar Carrera will take over the Greenwich Village space formerly occupied by DeMarco's Pizzeria, the site of a grisly murder last year. [Eater]
  • Restaurant Week: blessing or curse? [amNY]