Chris Bianco had probably one of the best yr ever for a pizziaolo, garnering a James Beard Excellent Chef award, touchdown a key episode in Netflix’s Chef’s Desk sequence, and at last opening his acclaimed pizzeria in Los Angeles. The traces have been close to fixed at his Downtown LA pizzeria at Row DTLA (the place Smorgasburg is held on Sundays), however now the chef has introduced that he’ll be bringing his in style Phoenix sandwich store Pane Bianco to the property someday within the subsequent few months.
Which means the present New York-style slice window throughout lunch will transfer over to Pane Bianco, which can increase its menu of sandwiches over time to mirror the Phoenix unique. Sarcastically sufficient, LA’s Pane Bianco strikes into the previous Tartine Bianco area only a brief stroll away. Recall that Tartine Bianco was a three way partnership with the San Francisco bakery and Chris Bianco previous to the pandemic that closed after only one yr, and by no means served the chef’s unique wood-fired pizzas.
The brand new Pane Bianco in Los Angeles will serve New York Metropolis-style slices and entire 18-inch pies, plus an array of sandwiches together with mozzarella basil, soppressata with candy aged provolone and roasted peppers, and extra. The plan is to begin easy however then increase the sandwich choices like in Phoenix, which has seven completely different combos, from a traditional Italian to an albacore tuna salad with crimson onion.
Which means the present Pizzeria Bianco area will convert into an all-day wood-fired pizzeria, extra in keeping with the well-known unique Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix. Prospects can go in for lunch, sit down, and revel in Bianco’s traditional Rosa or Sonny Boy pies with a beer or glass of wine. There will likely be a brief closure between meals, then a reopening for dinner prefer it exists now.
The explanation for this swap was that Bianco felt the present setup was unsustainable and suboptimal for staff. Now that Pane Bianco will deal with all the pieces from slices to sandwiches to even pizza al taglio (sq. focaccia-style slices), along with grab-and-go salads, pickles, and different useful lunch fare, the principle Pizzeria can give attention to Bianco’s flagship menu. There gained’t be a lot indoor seating on the new LA Pane Bianco, although patrons can sit outdoors across the Row’s numerous shared area setups.
When it comes to timing, Bianco says the swap would possibly occur round March, with a brief break in service for the New York Metropolis-ish slices and sandwiches to permit Pane Bianco to come back absolutely on-line. Pizzeria Bianco will probably morph right into a lunch-plus-dinner fairly shortly, nevertheless.
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