Intimate Italian Eatery Pomodoro's in Oakland Park Reopens After Four Years
Usually when a restaurant closes, we're left twiddling our thumbs looking for something to fill the void of our rumbling stomachs. For the most part, internet research will lead you to an eatery reminiscent of the one you used to love, but restaurants are like snow flakes, no two will satiate patrons alike.
Jess Swanson Pomodoro's Margherita Pizza
Which is why it felt like Christmas morning when Piero Menegazzi wiped off the cobwebs and reopened the doors of his Italian restaurant. With babies crawling on the floor, and the wafts of homemade pizza dough in the air, Pomodoro's is finally back.
Closing in 2008 after ending a marriage with his wife of over 20 years, Menegazzi abandoned the eatery not because of financial problems but stress. Originally opened in 1989, it was especially hard for the chef because it had always been his dream to open an Italian restaurant, not close one.
An Italian who crossed the Atlantic for love when he was 21, Menegazzi would eventually return to his hometown near Milan to apprentice under the idolized chefs of his childhood. Figuring out the logistics of his culinary career, Menegazzi first thought he wanted to open an Italian bakery (which is how he learned the art of baking artisanal bread now used in the pizza crust). Upon returning to the states, he realized it was pizza that he wanted to cook, and other classic Italian dishes.
Jess Swanson Yellowtail snapper potato-crusted special
Starting off as a lunch-only café, Pomodoro's only served pizza and small plates. Over time Menegazzi would hone in on his craft and experiment with more recipes. His potato-crusted yellowtail snapper and the margherita pizza are customer must-haves.
"My pizza is thin, crispy," Menegazzi points out. "Not Napolitan pizza, more from up north, more of my idea of how it should taste; very thin, crispy, and light."