Friday, February 19, 2010

Washington Business Journal wrote about us!

I think you need a subscription to read the whole thing, though.


HERE SHE IS!  The oven is all built and has boarded the ship as of today.  This picture was taken in Italy just before it was taken by the freight company. It will take about 3-4 weeks for it to get here.  We can't hardly wait.  Meanwhile, the work at the restaurant is going full speed.  Thank you Alex and Julio for doing such great job.  

Thursday, February 11, 2010


How amazing are these glowing 3-form panels? Made from recycled resin and backlit by LED lights, they are absolutely stunning.  3form makes all kinds of installations from this material. We are ordering several large (4x4 feet) wall light fixtures for the restaurant, similar to these. 

They also make sheets with real dried flowers or bamboo sealed inside and we're ordering some of them also.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


So, I went to the county inspection  office yesterday to see what they think about our construction plans.  Turns out, it is a big deal to have an Italian wood-fired oven installed.  They want me to pay $4,500 to have it inspected by UL (Underwriters Labs).  Ouch!  That oven ends up costing us about $15,000 without installation.  It's a lot, but we don't want to buy any other one, because Forno Napoletano ovens bake absolutely the best pizzas, even in Naples. They have a special low-dome construction and excellent heat insulation.