After some anticipation, Longmont residents have a new neighborhood pizzeria. Planning began last year for Rosalee's Pizzeria, which opened up last week at 461 Main Street. Pizza fans were updated on the progress via Facebook. James and Amy Ross own the restaurant, located in the former Abbondonza Pizzeria space.
Though initial plans indicated the pizzeria would open in Summer 2014, the date kept getting pushed back. The couple turned to an online crowd-funding campaign website, asking for a bit of financial support for a final push.
Rosalee's opened on October 30, and so far, the response has been overwhelming. After opening day, the couple posted on Facebook thanking the community for their support, and that "dreams can come true!" The response has been so popular that they're having a bit of trouble keeping up with demand.
The husband and wife duo call their concept, "an old world East Coast style neighborhood pizzeria." Their pizza is modeled after some of the earliest pizzerias in the United States. While the pizza isn't gourmet, the couple takes pride that their food isn't "engineered in a food laboratory." Instead, they focus on providing a homemade, rustic pie, in a friendly neighborhood environment where guests can socialize with friends and family. The menu offers both pizza "rounds" and "squares." There is a gluten-free pie, too. And customers are raving about the house-made dough knots, which are available in garlic or sausage.