The trio behind the successful Town Hall and recent hit Salt House plan to open a takeout pizza joint by the spring of 2008. Doug Washington and brothers Mitchell and Steven Rosenthal would like to create a casual FiDi eatery that has perfected the art of the Napoletana pizza; they are even sending Steven to Italy to earn his pizzaiolo certification.
Mitchell Rosenthal, who grew up in New Jersey, says, “Sure, I could make New York pizza and sell it by the slice. But at my age I can’t take all that cheese.” The big challenge, he says, is creating Napoletana pizza, which is thin-crusted and lightly-topped, that can travel well.
As great as Town Hall has been, its sequel might be better. Salt House has received nothing but stellar reviews from everyone from Michael Bauer and Chowhounders. Here’s hoping the learning curve continues and the unnamed pizza parlor tops them all.