Thursday, February 22, 2018

I can’t wait for Nina & Rafi pizza to open in ATL’s Old 4th Ward!

Here comes pizza, sandwiches and more Italian-inspired eats from two gangster restaurateurs along the BeltLine!
O4W owner Anthony Spina’s famous 16-inch Grandma Pie prepared in a cast iron skillet.

Whaddup Y’all!
I just got an official press release announcing one of my favorite restauranteurs Billy Streck—co-owner along with his wife Jenn of gastropub Hampton + Hudson—is teaming with Anthony Spina of O4W Pizza to bring a new pizzeria called Nina & Rafi along the burgeoning Atlanta BeltLine. Named after Streck's and Spina's grandmothers respectively, Nina & Rafi will be located in the new phase of Studioplex at 659 Auburn Avenue NE; it promises to be a huge hit this summer for walkers, commuters, bikers and runners who want to get their eat and sip on. The full story direct from the source is below. 
Be sure to get a feel for how both Streck and Spina get down and visit their current locations.
Peep the full release below for more intel.
Here is the layout.

Located on Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail, Restaurant Will Be Inside New Phase of Studioplex. It’s Named in Honor of Co-​Owners' Grandmothers

Restaurateur and bar aficionado Billy Streck of Hampton + Hudson and Cypress Street Pint + Plate and Anthony Spina of O4W Pizza are bringing the Grandma Pie home to Old Fourth Ward. The two co-owners have teamed up to open Nina & Rafi, named for their grandmothers (Billy's and Anthony's respectively)​, in the new phase of Studioplex at 659 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA, 30312, expected to open summer 2018.
The new joint will serve top-selling pies from O4W Pizza and other Italian snacks, sandwiches, salads, and pasta, including vegan and gluten-free options, alongside a tight beverage program with a full bar.  
Growing up in Red Bank, Anthony Spina learned to make Jersey-style pizza side-by-side with his uncle. He cooked in his home state for two decades before moving to Atlanta and opening O4W Pizza on Atlanta’s Irwin Street in January 2015. He moved the concept to downtown Duluth in September 2016. 
In a short time, O4W Pizza has become recognized as one of the best pizzerias in the country. Zagat named O4W Pizza among the “15 Must-Try Pizza Joints Across the U.S.” It’s on Eater’s list of “Essential Atlanta Restaurants,” The Daily Meal’s “Best Pizzas in America for 2017”, FirstWeFeast’s “Best Pizza From Each of the 50 States," and featured in the March 2018 issue of bon appetit.​ Anthony is best known for his traditional Grandma Pie; it’s 16 inches square and cooked in a cast iron pan. 
A New York native and self-described Southerner at heart, Billy Streck grew up hanging out in his grandfather’s and dad’s pizzeria. He remembers eating grandma-style pizza throughout his childhood and has long looked for the right partner to open a pizza joint with. He’s been a friend of Anthony Spina’s for years. 
Streck has over 20 years’ experience in the restaurant industry and 10 years under his belt as a bar and restaurant owner. He and his wife Jenn own the community bar and restaurant Hampton + Hudson in Inman Park, and he is co-owner of the Atlanta classic Cypress Street Pint & Plate.
​Nina & Rafi’s design is a collaboration among Billy and Jenn Streck, Anthony Spina, and local Atlanta firm Smith Hanes Studio. It will face the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside trail and feature a bar, banquette seating, and an open kitchen. 


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