Industry News | March 15, 2016

Chipotle-Backed Pizza Concept Opens Fourth Unit

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Pizzeria Locale, a partnership between restaurateurs Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and Chipotle Mexican Grill, opened its fourth restaurant—the first in Cincinnati—at 7800 Montgomery Road in the Kenwood Town Centre on Sunday, March 13. Pizzeria Locale’s fast-casual restaurants are based on Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson’s full-service pizzeria in Boulder, Colorado, and incorporate the original’s commitment to the finest ingredients and service with a fast-casual service model inspired by Chipotle.

“Cincinnati is a dynamic city with a vibrant and quickly expanding restaurant scene,” says operations director Chris Donato. “This city is an ideal fit for Pizzeria Locale, and we’re looking forward to joining the community.”

Pizzeria Locale offers a menu that includes classic pizzas as well as the option for guests to create their own combinations from a selection of high-quality ingredients presented in an interactive service line. Pizzas are then fired in a custom-designed, high-temperature pizza oven. Menu highlights include Spicy Chicken with Mozzarella, onion, basil, roasted red pepper, garlic, and oregano oil; Hawaiian with tomato sauce, smoked Mozzarella, ham, pineapple, and jalapeño; and Veggie with tomato sauce, Mozzarella, artichokes, red peppers, broccolini, olives, and red onions. The restaurant also serves sides, including a hand-tossed salad, meatballs, and freshly sliced prosciutto. Red or white Italian wine, custom-blended by Stuckey, who is a master sommelier, is available on tap. Pizzeria Locale sources local beer and coffee for each of its locations. Cincinnati offers a special selection of local beers from Great Lakes, Mt. Carmel Brewing, Moerlein, Jackie O’s, Rhinegeist, Zen, Puma, Franz, and Dad. Local coffee roaster Deeper Roots cold brew coffee will also be available, in addition to a variety of nonalcoholic beverages.

Pizzeria Locale’s contemporary interiors feature dark woods, white-tiled floors and walls and marble accents on tables and the pizza-making station. Additional design highlights include photographs of Naples street scenes and markets by Dave Woody, a Colorado-based photographer and longtime friend of Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson’s.

The original Pizzeria Locale in Boulder opened in 2011 and was created by Frasca Food and Wine founders Stuckey and executive chef Mackinnon-Patterson. The full-service restaurant is a contemporary pizzeria inspired by the traditional pizzerias of Naples, Italy. The fast-casual restaurants also draw from the same inspiration, as well as a commitment to premium ingredients and an interactive service format similar to Chipotle.

Pizzeria Locale joins ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen as an additional concept that provides future growth opportunities for Chipotle. Chipotle currently operates 14 ShopHouse restaurants in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson’s other ventures, Frasca Food and Wine and the original Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, Colorado, are not part of this partnership and are not affiliated in any way with Chipotle.

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