DeSano Pizza Bakery Brings Neapolitan-Style Pies to Midtown

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Neapolitan-style pizza, made with fresh, hand-tossed dough and baked in a wood-fired oven, is a delicacy that folks seem to go crazy for, and that’s the raison d’etre of DeSano Pizza Bakery, which opened a couple weeks ago just off the Music Row roundabout. The DeSano folks say they are an offshoot of the hugely popular Antico Pizza in Atlanta. (They say a new name was necessary for branding as the company expands beyond Georgia.)

The expansive 16th Avenue space houses three pizza ovens, imported from Italy, along with rows of community tables for family-style seating. You can watch the bakers place your pizza in the oven, where it’s briefly kissed by the intense fire, then served to you just slightly charred.

The pizza menu includes the obvious varieties — margherita and bianca — and some less familiar ones like the verdura, a veggie pizza with broccoli rabe and mushrooms. DeSano also serves calzones and Italian desserts (cannoli and biscotti) made daily in house. There’s a small selection of beer and wine, but they also allow BYOB if you want to bring in a bottle of your favorite pizza-friendly red or white.

DeSano Pizza Bakery is at 155 16th Ave. S. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (or, as they caution, until the dough runs out). The phone number is 953-1168. The website's still under construction, but you can follow @DeSano_Pizza on Twitter.

A version of this story appeared in my Food Biz column in today's print edition of The City Paper and online in the Nashville Post.

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