- Local favorite Heath ceramics is behind these vintage tiles and Ragazza's plates and bowls.
- Black walnut tables reference the trees from owner Sharon Ardiana's childhood in Pittsburgh.
- Ardiana, schooling the chefs on pizza prior to Saturday's neighborhood party.
- Images of Ardiana and her Italian family adorn the walls here and in the bathroom.
- Gasp! What a patio!
- The women of Ardiana's Italian family. Grandma Gialina is fourth in on the left.
Please meet Ragazza, all set to join the pizza club on Wednesday in the former home of Metro Kathmandu. Owner Sharon Ardiana introduces the same style of Italian thin-crust pizza that made her Glen Park mainstay Gialina so popular; but this time she's using a an XL gas-fired Wood Stone oven, big enough to accommodate baked pastas, roasted meats and other menu extensions. The most spine-tingling thing at Ragazza, however, may be the expansive garden patio out back. A truly welcome respite on Divis, it won't be open for dinner service at the start, but you'll be able to relax back there with a beverage until Ardiana decides its ready for prime time. Like neighboring Little Star Pizza and that other new hot shot, Ragazza won't take reservations. But egg-loaded brunch pizzas loom in the future and we encourage further reading on all this over at Haighteration, SFoodie and Tablehopper. [Correction: Ardiana will not open the garden or patio for public use at the start; she's going to let Ragazza settle into the neighborhood first and hopes to allow al fresco drinking followed by dinner by Spring of next year.] · Coveted Pies (And A Priest!) At Una Pizza's Opening Night [~ ESF ~]
· The Shutter: Levende Lounge Metro Kathmandu [~ ESF ~]
· All Previous Ragazza Coverage [~ ESF ~]
· First Look Inside Ragazza [Haighteration]
· At Last Sharon Ardiana of Gialina Gets Her Second Location [Tablehopper]
· Gialina's Owner Is Jazzed About Her Pizza Oven [SFoodie]