New Pizza Place in Midtown

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pizze.jpg“I’ve always had this name,” Duncan Aiken says of his new restaurant Pizze Stone, which opened last week. Actually, the full name is Overton Park Pizze Stone — it’s located at 1545 Overton Park in the old Roustica/Marena’s spot — and, by the way, “pizze” is not a misspelling, it’s the plural of pizza in Italian.

Aiken, who’s worked at Jarrett’s, Interim, and Stella’s, was originally to be a partner in a downtown bar. When that didn’t work out, he turned his sights to Pizze Stone, using pizzas he had while studying in Italy as his inspiration.

The emphasis here is rustic. The pizzas have a thinnish, crisp crust, the mozzarella is homemade, and the toppings are carefully considered.

The Lucca Brazzi (aka “Sleep with the Fishes”) is named after the Godfather character and includes roasted garlic, arugula, truffle oil, and marinated anchovies. The Fat Skunk (named after an incident when Aiken was particularly smelly) has onion, peppers, sausage, sliced meatballs, mushrooms, and pepperoni.

Aiken says lunches have been a bit slow so far. Evenings, however, are already drawing a neighborhood family crowd, so much so that Aiken’s considering creating a kids menu. He’s also thinking about adding breakfast hours.

Says Aiken, “I’m here to feed the masses.” — Susan Ellis

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