[caption id="attachment_167914" align="alignnone" width="1000"] (From left) Mike Tumolo, Mayor Purzycki, Mindy Tumolo, Rose and Ralph Pepe, Craig Wensell and Keith Hughes [/caption]
Mayor Mike Purzycki joined property owners Ralph and Rose Pepe for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and official opening of La Pizzeria Metro in Wilmington.
The restaurant was built within Miller Road Station, a 11,000-square-foot Spanish colonial-style building that was originally constructed in 1916, located at 3101 Miller Road. Wilmington Brew Works CEO Craig Wensell will also have a presence at the site.
To mark the grand opening, Mike and Mindy Tumolo, who also own CafÃ© Riviera in the Concord Mall and the food truck Pizzeria Pronto, served up a variety of small plates and specialty pizzas from the new Italian eatery's menu, as well beer and wine to guests from the DaVinci Society, a local community-based Italian non-profit organization that performs acts of community service throughout the Wilmington area.
"Wilmington is very fortunate to be benefitting today from the commitment by Ralph and Rose to develop Miller Road Station and their wisdom in bringing in two outstanding businesses such as Wilmington Brew Works and most recently, La Pizzeria Metro," said Purzycki. "Their dedication to our City and to providing patrons with great food, drink and customer service, can never be underestimated. This kind of support is what is transforming our City today and making it a destination for more people to live, work and enjoy life."
Ralph Pepe indicated that talks are underway to add a new coffee shop to the growing list of businesses at the site, which was officially dedicated yesterday as Miller Road Station with the unveiling of new signage along Miller Road.