Chiazza Trattoria & Bar in Barrington will soon become Ristorante Pizzico East Bay.
The well-known Hope Street restaurant in Providence plans to open in Chiazza's spot on County Road on Monday, March 11, said Jim Harris, a partner in Pizzico with Daniel Teodoro.
“I never thought I’d open another restaurant,” said Harris, who opened Pizzico 22 years ago. “It was a unique opportunity. It was a no-brainer to do it. It was just too good to pass up.”
Harris said everything is a “done deal” except the transfer of the liquor license by the Town Council. The transfer is expected to take place at the March 4 meeting.
Harris said he is well aware of Chiazza’s reputation as a bar. But “we will be a restaurant first and a bar second,” he said.
“The menu will be duplicating what we do in Providence,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to bringing what we do there to Barrington.”
That includes a wine list he said has been nominated for “best wine list” by the Providence Phoenix magazine.
Before Pizzico opens, he said: “We’ll be doing a pretty good facelift inside. And putting up a new sign outside. We’ve got it all planned out.”
Chiazza will close March 4; a week later, the eatery will reopen as Pizzico East Bay.
“It’s pretty exciting,” said Harris. “We hope to do the facelift in one week.”
The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner, he said, 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, for lunch, and 7 days a week for dinner.
The restaurant also will serve as another home for Decadent Catering, Pizzico’s catering business. It will expand here to do weddings, bar mitzvahs and other functions.