Edmonton’s charismatic culinary duo Christian Mena and Lino Oliveira, lifelong friends and proprietors of SABOR Restaurant and Bodega Tapas and Wine Bar, are proud to announce their expansion and new shared venture Urbano Pizza Co. located in the circa-1910 Boardwalk Building at 10220 103 Street in downtown Edmonton.
The notion for a new pizzeria was sparked by a growing craze in the U.S. and inspired by Mena’s daughters, budding foodies with picky palates and nut allergies.
“With my family in mind, the wheels started turning,” says Mena. “”Urbano tries to accommodate every dietary interest. Lino has spent months perfecting all of our sauces and secret-recipe gluten free crust and more so we can welcome every diner with confidence.”
The super-fast pizza ovens — colorful and almost toy-like in design are –- personal sized, mobile and cheerful cooking marvels dishing out steamy, delicious pies limited only by maker and consumer imagination. Future off-site Urbano-catered events are being considered.
The four bright and stylish ovens are the focal point of this re-designed space.
The ovens allow Urbano to serve an artisanal hearth-style pizza (reaching temperatures up to 450°C) 90-120 seconds, a new standard for average wait times with quick-service cuisines. Another specialty item for the restaurant is the cherry-red authentic Italian meat slicer called an affettatrice a volano.
The restored micro-pizzeria features vintage lighting, whitewashed brick and mortar, custom-made reclaimed wood tables, and a six-seat eating bar overlooking the pizza assembly space. Allendale Construction and J Interior Design helped design the intimate space for those who want to linger a little and for eaters on the move.
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