Thursday, April 12, 2018

Update: New Development Planned for Bianchi's Space at Revere Beach; Pizza to Live on at Renzo's

by Marc Hurwitz

It looks like a new apartment complex is in the works for a seaside space, and the site happens to be home to a landmark pizzeria.

According to an article in the Revere Journal, the Revere City Council has approved of a special permit for a non-conforming use that would allow a 145-unit apartment development to be built on Revere Beach Boulevard, with the structure being planned for the space where Bianchi's currently resides. The proposal calls for three existing buildings at the site to be demolished, with the new six-story building including space for a restaurant; Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe asked at the meeting if there was some kind of guarantee that the pizzeria could be the dining spot within the space, though the article does not give any further information about the possibility of Bianchi's remaining at the site.

Bianchi's, which has been in business for nearly 70 years, has been featured by our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as one of the best places in the Greater Boston area for pizza. The review can be found at the link below:

https://www.hiddenboston.com/BianchisPizza.html

The address for Bianchi's Pizza is: 322 Revere Beach Boulevard, Revere, MA, 02151.

[May 4 update: An article from itemlive.com mentions that the City Council has approved of the construction plans at the Bianchi's site, and that Bianchi's has been told it can remain open until around Labor Day, at which point the pizzeria may either look for a temporary space in which to open during construction (which may take a year or more) or wait until construction of the apartment development is completed and move back in pending the signing of a lease there. (Thanks to a source for bringing this to our attention.)]

[August 31 update: According to several sources, Bianchi's will be closing down Labor Day Weekend, with its last day apparently being Monday, September 3. It is not known for sure what will happen to Bianchi's once it closes, so stay tuned for more updates as they come in.]

[September 1 update: A new article from itemlive.com states that although Bianchi's is indeed shutting down this weekend, there is a ray of hope, as one of the people behind the place says that they now plan to reopen in another space nearby, though they can't announce exactly where until legal agreements are complete.]

[September 3 update: A video from The Phantom Gourmet mentions that Bianchi's pizza ovens will be moved to Renzo Pizzeria on Revere Beach Boulevard and that Bianchi's pizzas will be available there soon; it is not yet known whether Renzo's pizzas will continue to be offered there as well, so keep checking back for more updates as they come in.]

[September 11 update: A comment on Facebook indicates that Renzo's wood-fired pizza ovens had to be removed to make way for Bianchi's brick ovens, but it appears that the rest of Renzo's menu may remain in place.]

[October 20 update: According to a source, Bianchi's pizza is now being served at Renzo's, with a Facebook post from Renzo's confirming this.]

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Pizzas in the Boston Area and Beyond]





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