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Pizza Tonight to open full-scale restaurant in Shockoe Bottom

Posted at 9:16 AM, Jun 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-12 09:16:21-04

RICHMOND, Va. — What began with backyard pizza parties has now grown into a full-scale restaurant in Shockoe Bottom. Pizza Tonight plans to open its first stationary restaurant this fall at 2110 E. Main St. Owner Victoria DeRoche said she has a five-year lease on the 2,300-square-foot space that was formerly home to Aziza’s on Main.

The restaurant will serve the Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas that Pizza Tonight has sold since 2011 at food courts and farmers markets from its mobile wood-fired oven.

Five years since she launched Pizza Tonight, DeRoche didn’t expect to have the title of restaurant owner.

“I thought we were going to be at farmers markets – that was my ambition,” she said. “We had been hosting a monthly pizza club for two years before that.”

DeRoche said before launching Pizza Tonight, she started welcoming friends and members of the food industry to eat pizza made at her Museum District home, where she has a 24-inch wood-fired oven in the backyard.

To continue reading how DeRoche transformed her backyard passion into a Richmond restaurant, click here.