Roman-style pizza shop teases Hyde Park opening


Jonesing for another spot to get your pizza fix? Look no further than Hyde Park, in the very near future that is. Forbici, an Italian restaurant with an emphasis on Roman-style pizza is set to open within the next month in Hyde Park Village.

Hyde Park is already the place you go for great tacos, Bartaco, sweet indulgences, Sprinkles and Hyppo, old school delights, Goody Goody Burgers, and upscale treats, we’re looking at you On Swann.

How do you complement all of that? With pizza, of course — Roman-style pizza that is. This isn’t your average slice, though, and we’d expect no less from Jeff Gigante, one of the founders of the prolific Ciccio Restaurant Group.

What is Roman-style pizza? Well, Thrillist called it America’s newest pizza obsession.  The dough is often weightier than your average slice with a signature crunch and served in a rectangular sheet. It’s made with olive oil, flour, water, yeast, salt and sometimes sugar.

Many chefs give their dough a near two day fermentation process to achieve the perfect consistency.

The new concept will include Roman style pizza (cut with scissors), salads, Italian tapas, grain bowls and several entrees.

Our goal is to create a casual, high energy, modern Italian restaurant and bar with flavors from Italy. We also want to focus on lighter and healthier interpretations of our menu items similar to what CRG has become famous for with their many concepts. — Jeff Gigante

Forbici should be open within the next month or so. What would you like to see open next in Hyde Park Village?

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