Taking over the space on Broadway currently occupied by Corretto is a new pizza venture from Karim Bonjrada, whose tiny Sicilian café in Magnolia, Mondello, has just celebrated its 13th anniversary.
The name, Pizzeria 88, is a tribute to a nightclub that Bonjrada's mother, "Mamma" Enza Sorrentino, ran in Palermo, Sicily, before she joined her son in Seattle.
During the 15 years he has been in Seattle, Bonjrada has owned La Vita è Bella in Belltown, Divino Wine Bar in Ballard, and the Queen Margherita pizzeria in Magnolia in addition to Mondello. He has also sold pizza at farmers markets from a mobile, wood-fired pizza oven that he will now install at the Broadway location.
As it happens, Corretto took over from Pane Vino, an Italian spot run by Francesco Angiuli, who had been operations director for Mike McConnell's Via Tribunali as well as general manager for Mamma Enza's previous restaurant atop Queen Anne, Enza Cucina Siciliana.
Pane Vino was bought by Travis Rosenthal and renamed Corretto. Rosenthal sold the place this summer to a group headed by James Orr. Bonjrada and Sorrentino have worked together at Mondello for the past three years.
Look for Pizzeria 88 to open in early February.