New owner reopens Biagio’s with same name, new tastes

New owner reopens Biagio’s with same name, new tastes

SMITHFIELD – Under new ownership, Biagio’s Pizzeria and Bar has reopened in a renovated space, serving fresh dishes and a list of local draft beers.

After waiting tables at Biagio’s for 15 months, Sonia Villetti McKinley said she decided to buy the restaurant and give it a much-needed facelift with open seating for larger parties and an upgraded bar area.

Located at 970 Douglas Pike, the restaurant was always popular, McKinley said, but the transformation turned the pizzeria into a “hidden gem.”

“We are back bigger, bolder and better,” McKinley said.

Self-described as passionate about customer service, McKinley said the “facelift” was not just to the décor, but to the quality of food as well. By using fresh ingredients and thought-out recipes, McKinley said Biagio’s is working with a “recipe for success.”

McKinley said her salami from Italy is brought in from Boston, and she uses locally sourced vegetables for her dishes.

Biagio’s serves burgers, salads, pastas, and hard-roll grinders, but McKinley said the gluten-free option for the pizza crust is a standout. She said the food is best right out of the kitchen, and decided when opening on Feb. 1 that the restaurant would no longer make deliveries, but will offer take-out orders. Deliveries are available through Grub-Hub, which can offer quicker service.

“I’m very passionate. The chef is very passionate. We want to do things differently. It’s all about delivering great service and delivering mouth-watering dishes,” McKinley said.

A customer favorite is the lasagna pizza, available on white or gluten crust, topped with mozzarella and fontina cheese, ground beef, ricotta, parmigiana and basil.

McKinley brought in an 18-tap draft beer to go in the full bar, along with a selection of wines. Daily specials range from a $10 large cheese pizza on Monday to Go Fish Fridays with market board fish specials and an $8 beer flight tasting.

For a quick lunch, Biagio’s serves a variety of specialty pizza slices from open until they’re sold out, usually between 3 and 4 p.m.

Coupons are available online at www.biagiospizzeria.com, or on the menu.

Biagio’s is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.