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Friday, May 31, 2013

Pizzeria Delfina Set to Open Palo Alto Location

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Pizzeria Delfina will open its fourth location on Emerson Street in Palo Alto in the fall, a spokeswoman told SF Weekly.

Owners Annie and Craig Stoll signed a lease for a building formerly occupied by the Empire Tap Room at 651 Emerson Street, which closed in April, said Ashley Bellview, a spokeswoman for Delfina.

"We have a lot of guest at our San Francisco locations that have been asking us to open a location there," she said.

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High tech workers won't be able to enjoy Delfina's signature crunchy breadsticks and pizza napoletana until September or October at the earliest. The restaurant will also have a full liquor license and feature a back patio.

The couple is busy working on their Burlingame location also penciled in to open in the fall. It was not in the couple's plans to open the two locations simultaneously, but the space in Palo Alto was too good to pass up, Bellview said.

Several Bay Area restaurants have expanded into Palo Alto in recent months including, Tacolicious, which opened on the same block in February, and Curry Up Now opened three blocks away in November.

These restaurants aren't the first and won't be the last to expand to Silicon Valley, said Rob Black of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.

"You've seen this happen to a lot of San Francisco restaurants," Black said. "They start here, they develop a reputation, a brand and frankly there are folks who commute to the city who experience it here or vice versa."

The opening of the restaurant is good news for the City Council, which voted in April to overturn a zoning restriction that allowed some owners on the block to transform from retail to office space, according to the Mercury News.

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