Growing Washington, DC-based pizza restaurant &pizza will be opening a new 1,300 sq. ft., 30-person restaurant at 1201 South Charles in Federal Hill. This will be the first Baltimore location for &pizza which was founded in 2012 in DC’s H Street NE corridor and now has 15 locations in the Washington area. 1201 South Charles is a new-construction building completed in 2015 by Glenbrook Properties that includes 16 two-bedroom apartments and a parking garage along with the first floor retail space.
&pizza is a fast-casual restaurant where customers can pick their ingredients while going down the ordering counter or they can choose from &pizza’s signature salads or pizzas. Signature pizzas include options such as the Farmer’s Daughter with spicy tomato, spinach, fresh mozzarella, classic fennel Italian sausage, local farm eggs, red pepper chili oil, and Parmesan-Reggiano, and the Reuben Pizza with creamy Thousand Island dressing, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, sliced pastrami, and tangy slaw. &pizza also offers housemade craft sodas such as Ginger Berry Lemonade and Dark Cherry Cola, as well as “&Teas.”
&pizza says that “every shop reflects the culture and people of its neighborhood” and it calls its employees the Tribe Members. &pizza is currently recruiting 30 new Tribe Members.
The space has 18 ft. ceilings, which will be highlighted in the design, but the team behind &pizza built a mezzanine level where there will be extra prep cooking and storage space. The restaurant will have large windows that open out to the street and outdoor seating. The build-out is being done by Whiting-Turner, the same company that led construction at 1201 South Charles.
“Baltimore was the perfect place for &pizza to expand out of DC and to open our first shop in a new market. Federal Hill is a mash-up of young professionals, old-timers, and first-time home owners with a strong sense of community. They really dig that feeling that they get from living in their ‘hood,” said &pizza Founder Michael Lastoria. “We hope that feeling extends to &pizza and that residents feel some connection to it and even ownership over it.”
Glenbrook Properties Partner Mike Abrams told SouthBMore.com that they were scouting around Philly and DC to find the right fit for their space and for the neighborhood. “We saw what &pizza did in DC neighborhoods and thought it was cool how they connected with the community,” said Abrams. He also noted that the apartments at 1201 South Charles are about 90% occupied at this time.
&pizza has won awards for Best Pizza and Best Vegetarian in DC. It also has a 4.5 star rating on Yelp and Facebook.
&pizza is still determining its exact hours, but it plans on being open for lunch, dinner, and for late-night pies. &pizza also plans on partnering with a local company for delivery.
Construction is currently underway on the space and the restaurant is slated to open in early summer.