‘Honest food - made by family’ is the tagline of the wood-fired eatery that Jason and Kris Walenta will open as early as tonight at 1702 Humboldt Street. Influenced by the brothers’ childhood on in New Haven, Connecticut, White Pie is the modern version of that old-school friendly Italian joint. The modern part comes from the sharp clean space defined by exposed brick, high ceilings, elements of wood, and also from the thoughtfully composed dishes, plated with creativity, cooked with high quality ingredients. Warm lighting, a space that flows easily directing eyes toward the wood-fired oven, and comforting dishes make this new spot feel not just inviting but also familiar.
More Italian restaurant than pizzeria, White Pie divides its menu into items to share, including the (garlic-laden) house puff and the meatballs al forno, pies (some named after the brothers’ young kids Lucca, Rocco, and Ava), and pastas, among which the gnocchi shine. A concise drink menu brings five house cocktails, local beer in draft, and a variety of wines. A frozé (it is, after all, all the rage) and a frozen Negroni are highlights.
If you love the Wallentas first venture into Uptown, Mexican restaurant Dos Santos, think of this as the pizza and pasta counterpart to the nearly two year old restaurant. Both spots are the creation of Kris and Jason, their wives Mimille (who serves as pastry chef to both) and Riley, and their father Ken.
As early as tonight, the restaurant will start serving dinner only. Lunch service may be added at a later time.