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As DiAnoia’s Eatery in the Strip District celebrates its first anniversary Wednesday, the restaurant is preparing to expand: Owners Dave Anoia and Aimee DiAndrea are reviewing drawings for their new pizzeria they’re shooting to open by summer — a conversion of what’s now an 800-square-foot storage space attached to the building that will feature a separate entrance, a different menu and a pizza-parlor vibe.
Currently, DiAnoia’s (2549 Penn Ave.) serves whole pizzas Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to close. The $17 pies borrow inspiration from New York-style pizza and a nostalgia place for Mr. Anoia called Pete’s Pizza in Lebanon, Pa., where pies are layered with sliced, sharp provolone, followed by a sweeter tomato sauce, then finished with basil, parmesan and oregano.
The demand for his pizza is already there, with the restaurant a wildly successful addition to the Strip that’s turning out six to 40 pies when they’re available in addition to coffee, pastries, sandwiches, weekend brunch, and a full food and bar menu at night. But the need for expansion became clear pretty quickly once the Anoias realized they can’t amp up its pizza sales on weekends.
“We’re too busy,” Mr. Anoia says. “There’s no room.”
The name for the pizzeria is to be determined, but it will have design hallmarks like the red-checked napkins and accents that will unify the brand. Look for pizza by the slice and eventually delivery.
In other anniversary news, the restaurant is having a celebration on Tuesday in honor of its first year. A $25 ticket buys access to the party with plenty of food and a cash bar. Tickets will be available through the website dianoiaseatery.com or by calling the restaurant 412-918-1875.
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