Aldo’s Pizza Pies to Open in First Quarter of 2012

Following a banner year for new Downtown dining activity, yet another food option is slated to open by the first quarter of 2012.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies – the third Memphis concept by Bardog Tavern’s Aldo DeMartino – will occupy the 3,900-square-foot space in the ground level of Henry Turley Co.’s Barboro Flats, 64 S. Main St.

Wagner General Contractors Inc. is currently building out the space.

DeMartino told The Daily News in April the menu will feature affordable, hand-tossed New York-style pizza as a whole or by the slice, for pick-up, dine-in or delivery.

“We’re going to be authentic, the kind that you fold in half and the grease runs down your arm,” DeMartino said. “We’re going to serve by the slice, which a lot of people don’t do, but in Downtown, in a bustling urban environment like this, you’ll be able to go in and get a slice and a soft drink for $5. And it’s going to be a generous slice.”

Aldo’s lease began in June, before DeMartino’s Midtown venture, the Slider Inn, opened in August. The South Main eatery is slated to open by March, confirmed Jason Wexler, president of Henry Turley, during the Urban Land Institute Memphis’ hard-hat tour of Van Vleet Flats in November.

About 3,000 square feet of commercial space is still available on Van Vleet’s ground floor. It’s the only remaining bay for a retail or office user in all of five of Turley’s mixed-use Downtown Memphis Flats, including Barboro.

For more on Memphis’ 2011 restaurant activity and what’s on the horizon for next year, read Thursday’s story.