Acre Pizza Opens in Sebastopol’s Barlow

Detroit-style pizza is a specialty at Acre Coffee's new pizzeria.

Long-awaited Acre Pizza, from the owner of Acre Coffee, has opened at the Barlow in Sebastopol.

Steve Decosse has hired well-known pizzaiolo Alastair Hannmann as the opening chef, where he’s making authentic New York and Detroit-style pizza.

What’s Detroit-style? The pan-style pizza with crispy caramelized edges gained a furious following in the 1940s when Gus Guerra, the owner of Buddy’s Rendezvous restaurant baked a Sicilian-style dough in a heavyweight rectangular pan and covered it with hearty brick cheese and tomato sauce. Whether or not those pans were borrowed from a motor-industry friend who’s factory used the pans for spare car parts is part of the legend, but the Sicilian-inspired pizza has gained a following throughout the country.

The casual pizza shop took over the former Village Bakery, sharing the space with Red Bird Bakery’s new commissary kitchen. The gourmet pizzas are selling for a song, with hearty quarter NY pie slices for between $4.50 and $6 and whole pies for between $16 and $22. More details coming soon.

Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 6760 McKinley St., Suite 150, Sebastopol, order online at


5 thoughts on “Acre Pizza Opens in Sebastopol’s Barlow

  1. Hopefully their pizza is better than their coffee, which, according to their staff, the owner doesn’t even drink. Perhaps pizza will be a better bet for Acre.

  2. Never ceases to amaze me that mediocre pizza in the US sells for $15 and up when great pizza in Rome or Naples sells for €5.
    It’s flour, yeast, water, salt and a selection of toppings – nothing fancy and originally a left over dish, but Americans are willing to shell out big bucks for something that simple.

    1. Yeah they’re also the size of a “small” in the US. But you already know that and just like to complain about everything around you probably.

      1. Someone who’s been outside the US. Thumbs up for that. See, I don’t complain about everything – just what I think is ridiculous.
        There are actually hole in the wall type pizza shops in New York who make a great pizza at a reasonable price. Over here not so much. But then, I rarely go out. I rather spend more on high quality ingredients and cook at home.

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