The DeSalvos, along with Backlot Coffee co-owner John Kim, will be offering New York-style thin-slice pizza, focaccia and muffuletta sandwiches, stromboli and blimp rolls, salads and other food items angstrom well as draft beer and even soft-serve ice cream .
“ We want to make it angstrom family-friendly as possible, a well as grab-and-go convenient for pandemic safety, ” Stacia DeSalvo explained, adding that there will be a gluten-free crust option on the menu. All products will be “ eco-friendly, ” in compostable or reclaimable containers .
The brick-oven-cooked New York-style pizza will be “ foldable but crisp, ” Alex DeSalvo said. Customers can make their selections from an 80-inch-wide field glass case of pre-cooked offerings or order custom-made pizza with a assortment of standard and special toppings, such as house-made italian sausage, pickled peppers and a saute mushroom blend. “ These are the kinds of touches that will make the restaurant singular, ” he said.
Stacia (from left) and Alex DeSalvo and John Kim at the site of their new pizza restaurant at 1945 Central St., slated to open soon. (Photo by Les Jacobson) Both Alex and Stacia DeSalvo grew up in the restaurant business – doing everything from waiting tables, bartending and managing – and met working at a Colorado restaurant. They came to Chicago in 2011 so Alex DeSalvo could attend Le Cordon Bleu culinary school and met Kim at Brothers K Coffeehouse, which he co-owned .
Kim invited Alex DeSalvo to help run Boltwood restaurant in Evanston. At the prison term, Stacia DeSalvo was working at Farmhouse Evanston. “ John brings fantastic restaurant possession skills to the constitution, ” she said .
Kim is primitively from Dayton, Ohio, and came to Chicago in 1996 to work in finance. After getting a headmaster ’ s degree in theology from Trinity University he worked as assistant curate at the Evanston Bible Fellowship before taking over Café Express on Main Street with his buddy Brian and renaming it Brothers K.
Since then he has started other Brother, Boltwood and Backlot restaurants in Evanston and Old Irving Park Backlot in Chicago. He besides owns Backlot Coffee Roasting .
Speaking of DeSalvo ’ second, Kim said, “ We want people to feel welcome and ultimately we want to give back to the community. ”
“ We ’ re excited to bring something newfangled to Central Street, ” Stacia DeSalvo added. “ It will be a in truth big smudge for the community to gather. ”
She said the restaurant is hiring for all positions and to contact her at jobs @ desalvospizza.com for more information .