IL PIZZAIOLO | Warrendale, PA
Owner Il Pizzaiolo II LLC
Architect Fukui Architects
The scope of work included many unique elements. Old weathered brick was carried throughout the space on the walls and arches. The bar and banquet ceilings featured faux bronze tin ceilings with distressed wood beams, hand-made by Burchick carpenters. Wood pallet ceilings were assembled from reclaimed pallet wood and suspended from the roof joists, utilizing a custom wood grid system.
Since Il Pizzaiolo prepares their own dough to make their pizzas, a special climate-controlled dough room was needed to process the dough properly. The pizza preparation process is one of the key features of the restaurant and is highlighted by a 7-½ ton, 1,000-degree wood burning pizza oven that was imported from Italy. The pizza oven room also includes tin ceilings, marble tile, and large format porcelain tile sheets from floor to ceiling around the pizza oven.
Significant electrical, HVAC, and plumbing upgrades were also necessary. While the space had been a restaurant previously, the kitchen was removed and a new fully functioning kitchen was installed. New under slab sanitary, grease, water, and beverage distribution lines were required for the new equipment, as well as all new electric to the equipment. New make-up air units, exhaust fans, and rooftop units were required to allow the kitchen to function properly.
It was the Owner’s desire that work be completed 4 months after receipt of the building permit. Work started in February 2016 and the restaurant opened for business in June 2016.
This project was a finalist for the 2016 Building Excellence Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship by the Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania.