Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria debuts at Park Meadows
Frank Bonanno, one of Denver’s brightest star chefs and most prolific restaurateurs, opens Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria today at The Vistas at Park Meadows, a cluster of (mostly chain) restaurants near the Park Meadows Mall. Even though Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria is the tenth member of Bonanno Concepts, a restaurant group that includes Mizuna, Luca d’Italia, Bones, Osteria Marco, Green Russell, Wednesday’s Pie, Lou’s Food Bar, Russell’s Smokehouse and Vesper Lounge, it will surely be as distinctive as the other nine.
The exterior of Bonanno Brothers Pizzas fits in well with the Park Meadows style of modern-day grandiosity, while the interior was inspired by the railroad station in Florence. (Photo courtesy Bonanno Concepts)
Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria is a tribute to Bonanno’s days growing up in New Jersey with his Sicilian family, folding pizza boxes at the local pizzeria in exchange for a slice of pizza—the days where his passion for pizza and Italian food really took root. “The pizzeria is a direct reference to my family in a couple of ways,” Bonanno says. The family construction company is called Bonanno Brothers, and since he had already named restaurants after his sons, Luca d’Italia and Osteria Marco, honoring the family seemed like a good idea.
Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria’s menu is casual and meant for communal dining. The decor was inspired by the Art Deco train station in Florence (Italy, not Colorado), and it features an open kitchen with an Italian wood-fire oven with skilled pizza makers, cheese mongers and charcutiers plying their trades. Bonanno enlisted executive chef David Lindberg, previously of Luca d’Italia, to execute the menu. Wine director Kelly Wooldridge and beverage director Adam Hodak have creafed a beverage mnu featuring draft wines, craft cocktails on tap and microbrews that elevate Bonanno Brothers far above the regular New Jersey pizza parlor.
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