Citta՜ del Cotone
Get excited, pizza-lovers! We will soon be savoring authentic Neapolitan pizza at this new pizzeria in Cottontown at 2150 Sumter Street, one block up from Elmwood Avenue. Following the rules of authentic Neapolitan pizza-making, pizzas will be made using Caputo 00 flour – the best flour in the world, milled to a fineness of baby powder; San Marzano tomatoes – grown on the volcanic plains of Mount Vesuvius in Italy and fresh Mozzarella cheese, dropped onto each pizza in heavenly plops. Entirely handmade, Citta՜ del Cotone will offer specialty pizzas that bring out the flavors of these wonderful ingredients.
The Pizza Noah, named after Rick Marzan’s (one of the owners) son, was the most popular pizza at Noah’s Antica Pizzeria in Irmo, Rick’s original pizza place (now closed). This pizza will definitely have a place of honor on the new menu… its toppings are fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, bacon and blueberries! Another that was the #1 best seller for women is the Pizza Ragan, a white pizza that features fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, arugula and honey… will also be offered. There will be three specialty salads on the menu, as well as appetizers including burrata. Another taste of Italy, burrata is a mozzarella cheese ball, solid on the outside, with creamy buffalo milk on the inside. It will be served with prosciutto and arugula. We’ll publish a link to their full menu once they open, hopefully next month (September 2018)
As guests enter the restaurant, they’ll see flames of fire dancing in the oven. Brick-lined and wood-fired, it heats to 900⁰ and bakes pizzas in an amazing 90 seconds! Bar seating and small tables offer chairs to 32 guests… an intimate spot for an excellent pizza. Citta՜ del Cotone will be open for lunch and dinner (11am until the dough runs out!)
A bit about co-owner, Rick Marzan: Rick graduated from Spring Valley High School in Columbia where he played football and regional championship baseball, and went on to play college football at the University of Kentucky. He played minor league baseball after college for the Montreal Expos. Beside excelling at sports, Rick also dreamed of a career as an actor. He took classes here and in New York and then came a big break – the role of “Jose” in the blockbuster movie, Bull Durham. He moved to California and got work in TV as a cast member on ER alongside George Clooney and in movies with stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Val Kilmer, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and more, but he wasn’t happy. He missed South Carolina and took his time driving home from the West Coast… contemplating life’s next move. And decided he’d like to own a small business doing something he loves – making authentic Italian pizza for family, friends and guests! Lucky us.
We’ll keep you posted as to opening date.