First Look at Howie’s Artisan Pizza in Palo Alto

Dining room and bar under construction. (Photo courtesy of EcoModern Design)

Mark your calendars now. The much anticipated Howie’s Artisan Pizza place is expected to open Nov. 19 in the Town & Country Village in Palo Alto.

Yes, New Haven-style pizza by well-regarded Chef Howard Bulka, former head chef of Marche in Menlo Park and Silks in San Francisco.

Construction is still going on and dishes still being perfected, but here’s a sneak peek at all the work that’s been going on in the once-vacant spot near Sur La Table.

Retro light fixtures in the main dining room. (Photo courtesy of EcoModern Design)

Berkeley’s EcoModern Design is transforming the space with earth tones, exposed timber-frame ceilings, cork walls, bamboo counters with brass inlays, hand-forged iron fixtures, and retro lighting fixtures.

One of the coolest features is the divider between the bar and dining room. It’s made of glass panels filled with olive oil. Yes, really.

Yup, that's olive oil in between those glass panes.

For a touch of whimsy, you can’t beat the “tomato sauce splotch” on the restaurant’s window. It’s the restaurant’s fun, clever logo.

"Tomato sauce'' that won't come off. Sort of. (Photo courtesy of EcoModern Design)

More: My Q&A earlier this year with Chef Howard Bulka.

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