Libretto’s Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen Opens This Weekend | Business

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Libretto’s Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen Opens This Weekend

Libretto’s Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen is set to open this weekend adjacent to St. Johns Town Center in The Markets at Town Center. Although the restaurant is new to Jacksonville, its roots can be traced to owner Mike Libretto’s childhood in New York.

Libretto’s love for food comes from growing up preparing traditional Italian dishes together as a family. Preparing a meal would turn into an all day family event in the Libretto household, which Mike credits for bringing his family closer.

“Mom would start the sauce at daybreak,” said Libretto. “Before you knew it, the entire family was in the kitchen – my brother and I cutting and chopping ingredients, while my father rolled out homemade meatballs.”

Using those memories as inspiration, Mike opened Libretto’s Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen in Manhattan a decade ago. As the popularity of Libretto’s grew, Mike set his sites on brining true, authentic New York City pizza and his homemade Italian favorites to hungry guests outside the Big Apple. Libretto’s opened its second and third locations in Charlotte, North Carolina, and now his sights are set on Jacksonville.

 “We received such a warm welcome in Charlotte it inspired us to continue our expansion,” said Libretto. “We enjoy providing an environment where people can come together with friends and family and enjoy a good meal.”

Libretto’s Grand Opening is Friday, December 10 at 11 a.m. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. until midnight Sunday through Wednesday. On Thursday nights Libretto’s will remain open until 2 a.m., while on Friday and Saturdays, they will serve up pizza until 3 a.m. Libretto's is located at 4880 Big Island Drive, Suite 1.

Libretto’s is the first true, authentic New York City pizzeria in Jacksonville - bringing the delicious crust, melted cheese and perfect sauce that are staples of the Big Apple to the First Coast. In addition to pizza, Libretto’s is proud to serve third generation family-style Italian classics, fresh from the oven calzones and tempting desserts in a casual, comfortable setting. Whether it’s a quick lunch on-the-go, a quiet dinner for two or an evening out with the entire family, Libretto’s Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen is sure to satisfy.

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