With every square inch of Pike/Pine filling in with eating and drinking establishments, it should be no surprise that some of the area’s foundational institutions are doubling down in the neighborhood. The plywood is down today on the front for a new a new project that is taking shape on E. Pike — Vellotti’s Pizza is being constructed in the space adjacent to Caffe Vita to the east. The license CHS found when we first reported the project last summer describes the business as a “Restaurant / lounge — spirits, beer and wine (50 percent or more dining).”
Vita’s Mike McConnell, Neumo’s Jason Lajuenesse, and entrepreneur and political insider David Meinert are teaming up on the new pizza joint. Meinert is also the driving force behind the Capitol Hill Block Party. McConnell also heads the local Via Tribunali chain of restaurants.
CHS has calls out to Vita about the new project but so far we haven’t had a chance to talk with McConnell about Vellotti. It’s apparently a secretive project. CHS was asked to not take pictures of the construction scene this morning by a man working on the project.
Last summer, Francesco Angiuli, director of operations for Via Tribunali, confirmed that Vellotti was being planned and was in the process of securing licenses and permits for the 1011 E. Pike location.
He wouldn’t confirm other details about the restaurant but did drop one important piece of data. “This won’t be Neapolitan style pizza,” Angiuli said. “It’s going to be a different kind of place with New York style.”