More expansion madness is on the horizon, y'all. Ian McNulty reports that the space formerly occupied by Byblos (3218 Magazine) will become Amici, a pizzeria featuring a coal-fire oven, sometime in mid-June. The restaurant is being developed by the folks who run Jester Mardi Gras Daiquiris and Pizza in the Quarter, yes, 'Home of the World's Strongest Drink" and world's flimsiest styrofoam cup in three fancy Bourbon street locations.
Amici will obviously be more family friendly than a Quarter daiq shop. Though according to the group's marketing manager, Michelle Jones, one feature of the pizzeria will be an icehouse, basically a beer bar with about 50 brews on tap and lots of "specialty frozen liquors," which does sound like family fun time for those with seventeen frat brothers waiting in the minivan.
Apparently, the closest coal-fired pizzeria is Rocketfire Pizza Co. on the North Shore (Ancora and Domenica use wood-fired ovens). Coal-fire is actually a favorite traditional approach to pizza more often found in the Northeast, says McNulty. The Jester folks are hoping that this won't be the only Amici, with hopes to expand. Initially they hoped to open a first location in Baton Rouge, but the Byblos space became available and they changed their minds.
· Coal-Fired Pizzeria Amici Headed to Magazine Street [Gambit]
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