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World-Class San Francisco Pizzaolo to Open Four Sacramento-Area Restaurants

Tony Gemignani just opened his first Slice House on February 1 in Folsom. He’ll open three more in short order.

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Pizzaolo Tony Gemignani owns more than 30 restaurants, including his legendary Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach.
Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

Tony Gemignani is becoming a San Franciscan needing no introduction, if he’s not already in that echelon. The Fremont-born-and-raised pizzaolo owns more than 30 restaurants, including his legendary Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach. Now the prolific restaurateur has set his sights on Sacramento. According to the Bee, he opened his first Slice House by Tony Gemignani in the capital city on February 4. Gemignani already runs plenty of franchised Slice Houses including restaurants on Haight Street in San Francisco, in San Leandro, and more.

The outpost at 3210 East Bidwell Street, Suite 100, in the Shops at Folsom Ranch, won’t be the last. Gemignani will open in Sacramento proper, Elk Grove, and Roseville, though those locations do not have firm opening dates yet. This marks the pizzaolo’s first foray back to Sacramento after one of his Pizza Rock restaurants located downtown closed in July 2020. “I have pizzerias all over,” Gemignani told the paper. “The ones that did really well and were almost COVID-proof were the slice houses.”

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Rainy weather closes Bay Area restaurants

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Pan dulce and fine dining pop-ups team up

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