Jan. 27—Natasha Phillips plans to open up a new cafe in Macon providing Neapolitan pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven.
“We are going to have some traditional Italian-model pizzas, a handful of appetizers and a couple of pastas,” said Phillips, who owns Fountain of Juice, a smoothie and sandwich shop in the Prado buying centre on Forsyth Highway.
Her new restaurant, Romo’s Pizza, is positioned subsequent door in the previous Barberitos and is named immediately after her youngest son, Roman, who turns 12 on Feb. 4. His nickname is Romo.
Phillips had hoped to open in time for his birthday but she’s now shooting for the second week in February.
The new restaurant characteristics a Forno Bravo wood-burning oven, an Italian brand name manufactured in California, she claimed.
“It really is a massive oven,” Phillips said. “It will get up to 800 levels and can cook dinner like five pizzas at once in about 4 minutes flat.”
Cooking with a wooden-burning oven offers the pizza much more flavor, she claimed.
“We will do some regular Italian like the margherita and then we’ll have like the amazing arugula-prosciutto topper pizza,” Phillips explained. “We will have Italian sausage and like a white pizza and mushroom pizza.
“We are striving to stick to common Italian model.”
The restaurant is about 2,600 square toes and is created to “glance outdated faculty traditional,” Phillips mentioned.
“It is really dim, dark like an old Shakey’s and Godfather’s — if you are old sufficient to don’t forget that — and then we have loads of images of just the town of exactly where my mother is from, Sulmona.”
Natalia del Basso Orsini, her mom, is a indigenous of Italy and established Natalia’s cafe in Macon in 1984 — selling the properly-acknowledged Italian cafe a number of a long time back. Sulmona is situated in the Abruzzo region of central Italy
“All pictures and image wallpapers in Romo’s are by Daniel Underwood, my mom’s husband,” Phillips stated.
The new restaurant has a modest location developed for small children with a pinball equipment and a Galaga arcade sport.
Phillips options to preserve the meals moderately priced. She’ll supply only a just one-sized pizza, a huge, with a value vary of $16 to $19 a pizza. Salads and appetizers will array from $6 to $8.
Functioning hrs will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday by Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
“It’s an open-strategy kitchen area so you can see the pizza oven, which is form of awesome,” Phillips mentioned.