Nomad opening another pizza palace

Door at the former Spiga, 1305 Locust St.

Sixteen months after opening Nomad Pizza here, Tom Grim and Stalin Bedon are on the move again.

They have acquired 1305 Locust St., which until yesterday was Spiga, an Italian yearling in the Sena family orbit.

"This came up so quickly and we grabbed it," said Grim, who coveted the old wood-fired oven that harks back to the restaurant's days as the original Girasole.

They plan to open a Roman-style pizzeria, rather than the Neapolitan style that they sell off their truck and at their shops in Hopewell, N.J., and at 611 S. Seventh St.

The name is not final. It will not be a Nomad.

Grim says they have extensive practice with Roman pizzas, which they enjoyed earlier this year on a company trip to Italy. Savvy customers at their Hopewell location know to ask for Roman pies from a secret menu.

They hope to be up and running "relatively fast, since we're only doing cosmetic changes," Grim said.

Besides the pizza, the menu will include salads and a few appetizers; there will be a 10-beer tap plus wine. "Nothing big," he said. "We're pizzamakers, not restaurateurs."

The neighborhood, by the way, is preparing to pop, what with Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran opening Little Nonna's on the next block this summer.