In October we first heard about Gennaro’s Tomato Pie opening in the former Da Vinci Ristorante at 1533 S. 11th St., but soon after that announcement, plans changed slightly for the restaurant.
Instead of Gennaro’s moving to this bigger location, owner Mike Giammarino decided to instead open a new restaurant called Grace & Pat’s.
The restaurant is named after Giammarino’s grandparents, Grace and Pat. In addition to the being named after them, the pizzas on the menu are inspired by the “grandma style” rectangular pizzas his grandmother made for him as a kid. The pastas on the menu are also inspired by those his grandfather Pat made.
The restaurant officially opened last weekend for Flavors of the Avenue.
The restaurant currently has seating for about 50 people indoors and 30 more outside. There’s also a second floor space which Giammarino is still figuring out what to do with.
They also hope to begin offering brunch on weekends starting mid-summer. The menu would include one of Giammarino’s specialties, yeast-risen waffles, in addition to things like frittatas.
While the restaurant is mostly completed, Giammarino still has plans to improve Grace & Pat’s in the near future. He says they will be adding more photos to the walls indoors, in addition to chandeliers and he’s also planning to add more greenery, lights and possibly new tables for the outdoor space.
Grace & Pat’s is also planning to eventually introduce a delivery service. Giammarino also noted that they may consider getting a liquor license for the restaurant.
Grace & Pat’s is open every day except for Tuesday from 5 p.m. through 10 p.m. The restaurant is cash-only BYOB. You can find more information on Grace & Pat’s Facebook page.