Michael Pasquarello is taking his sweet time in opening Bufad, the wood-fired pizzeria at 13th and Spring Garden Streets, up the block from Cafe Lift and Prohibition Taproom, which he owns with his wife, Jeniphur.
Though Feb. 1 is the opening date, it's pretty much ready to go. He's been running test meals to train staff and work out kinks.
Menu looks great - simply four apps, three salads, and six pizzas. He's making his own fennel sausage. Chef Lauren Weitman, last at Prohibition, was making her own ice cream when I stopped.
Industrial decor includes rough-finished floors, wood-and-steel tables, tiles - and if you look carefully behind the pizza oven - a Chinese saying. That was a gift from the couple who owns the building and who previously ran Yum Yum Chinese Restaurant, Bufad's predecessor.