O4W Pizza’s Anthony Spina and restaurateur Billy Streck (Hampton + Hudson, Cypress Street Pint & Plate) have named their forthcoming (and highly-anticipated) restaurant Nina & Rafi. The restaurant is named in honor of their grandmothers. Fitting, as Spina’s most popular pizza happens to be the grandma pie.
Nina & Rafi will be located at 659 Auburn Avenue NE at the newly-expanded Studioplex development in the Old Fourth Ward. The entrance to the new restaurant will open up onto the Eastside BeltLine trail. A representative for Nina & Rafi’s told Eater Atlanta on Wednesday Spina and Streck are still targeting a mid-summer opening.
The menu will feature the grandma pie in addition to Spina’s other pizzas, Italian snacks, sandwiches, salads, and pasta (including vegan and gluten-free options). A full bar is also planned.
The partners announced the return of Spina’s beloved grandma pie as well as their joint restaurant venture in November to much rejoicing among Atlanta’s intown residents. Spina had initially opened his Jersey-style pizza stall out of the Irwin Street Market in 2015 before opening a permanent brick and mortar location in Duluth the following year. The grandma pie quickly became a favorite among local food critics and Atlanta’s pizza aficionados when it debuted at the Irwin Street stall.
Spina and his pizzas are featured in the latest issue of Bon Appétit.
659 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta.