UPDATED 6/14

Spoonbar chef Louis Maldonado has been tapped to open Pizzando in downtown Healdsburg. A sister property to h2hotel’s Spoonbar, the new pizza cafe is slated for an August opening at the former Cafe Newsstand inside the Hotel Healdsburg.

More than just another pizzeria, owners have called in former A16 chef, Liza Shaw to consult. Also involved is Paolo Petron of Mill Valley’s venerable Piazza D’Angelo, whose Piazza Hospitality Group manages Hotel Healdsburg, h2hotel and Spoonbar. The casual pizzeria will be the second restaurant inside Hotel Healdsburg, which also houses Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen.

Wanna get an advance taste? Maldonado tests the new Pizzando menu at a series of bi-monthly pop-up previews inside Spoonbar beginning Wednesday June 27.  Expect wood-fired pizza (in a portable Mugnaini oven, natch) with gourmet toppings of stinging nettles, burrata, lardo, and mushrooms; fried chicken; the chef’s own take on Spaghetti Carbonara and grilled Romaine hearts. The Pizzando pop-up menu will be served in a tasting format–$32 for three courses, all served family style. Cocktails for the dinners will focus on Italian apertifs and wines.

Reservations for the limited seatings can be reserved by calling 707-433-7222.