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The Pizzeria San Giorgio staff is getting trained on Neapolitan pizza. (PHOTO: Pizzeria San Giorgio Twitter)

Calderone's Fazzari cuts the ribbon on new Pizzeria San Giorgio

It's been almost exactly a year since news emerged that Gino Fazzari would open a new pizzeria right next door to his Calderone Club, 842 N. Old World 3rd St.

Pizzeria San Giorgio – located in the former Thai Palace, 838 N. Old World 3rd St. – will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. with Mayor Tom Barrett and Bucks President Peter Feigin. Fazzari expects to open to the public next week, after his staff is thoroughly trained.

The restaurant is named in honor of Fazzari's cousin, George – who passed away last year and was Gino's cooking mentor (and namesake; George was called Gino, too) – as well as in honor of Saint George, who Fazzari says is his patron saint.

"He's been in control of this whole thing," Fazzari told me this morning.

Unlike Calderone, which serves thin crust Italian-American style pizza (among my Milwaukee favorites!), San Giorgio will focus on classic Neapolitan pizza and is currently undertaking the certification to be classified as a Vera Pizza Napoletana, which means it adheres to the "strict requirements that respect the tradition of the art of Neapolitan pizza making."

According to Fazzari, the pizzeria will serve a "unique array of Italian dishes." Just what that means, we'll find out as our own Lori Fredrich will attend a preview dinner this week and will report back afterward.

Fazzari also noted in a statement this morning that Pizzeria San Giorgio will create 50 new jobs in Downtown Milwaukee.

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