San Francisco's Pizzetta 211 Expands To NoLa


The small Pizzetta 211 in San Francisco, known for its crisp crust and fresh toppings, has announced it will open a sibling restaurant in New Orleans.

Owner Jack Murphy has partnered with his girlfriend Susan Dunn and her brother Ed Dunn. Ed has been a chef in New Orleans for more than 12 years.

The new location will be in the Bywater neighborhood, in the ground floor of a 100-year-old warehouse. It was previously occupied by a sock factory and a liquor distribution center, but has since been renovated into 511 Marigny, featuring loft apartments and commercial space.

The menu will stay true to the original Pizzetta. Offerings will change with the seasons and continue to be small, with four starters, four pizzas, four main dishes, and four desserts every day.

Murphy told Tablehopper he hopes to "cater to neighborhood locals looking for a lighter dining experience than the typical NoLa fare."

The kitchen will be open, with much more space to work with than at Pizzetta — 2,100 square feet in all, a huge upgrade from the cozy four-table dining space in San Francisco.

The working name of the establishment is Paladar 511. Paladar is a Cuban term for restaurants run by self-employers, typically family-run, which is fitting with Murphy and the Dunn siblings collaborating on this project.

The trio hopes to open the restaurant by the end of 2013.