Toco Hills pizzeria the Local Pizzaiolo is closed, former general manager Alessio Lacco tells Eater Atlanta. The restaurant, located at the Toco Hill shopping complex on North Druid Hills, apparently closed a week after Thanksgiving. Yelp also lists the restaurant as closed.
Lacco was running the restaurant on behalf of owner Giulio Adriani while the pizza master was growing the Local Pizzaiolo’s brand in D.C. and New York City. Adriani listed both the Westside (now Food Terminal) and Toco Hills pizzerias for sale last year. Lacco says he resigned right before the restaurant closed and is no longer in contact with Adriani.
In April, Adriani supposedly decided not to sell the Toco Hills location, but was instead considering transforming it into a “full service” Italian restaurant. Two other planned locations at Madison Yards in Reynoldstown and in Sandy Springs were also scrapped earlier this year. It’s unclear if Adriani still plans to move forward with opening the Local Pizzaiolo in D.C and New York.
Eater reached out for more information on the closure and future expansion plans.
As for Lacco, he is now running a mobile Neapolitan pizza and pasta catering company called the Atlanta Pizza Truck from a converted 1986 Piaggio ApeCar (Ah Pay). The three-wheeled Italian van includes a wood-burning brick oven offering a similar menu to the pizzeria.
2941 North Druid Hills Road NE, Suite B, Atlanta. thelocalpizzaiolo.com.