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Assembly Row Will Bask in the Glory of Ernesto's Giant Slices Next Month

The North End pizzeria expands to Somerville Columbus Day weekend.

Pizza-maker Juan Ventura and owner Anthony Radzikowski at Ernesto's in the North End
Pizza-maker Juan Ventura and owner Anthony Radzikowski at Ernesto's in the North End
Katie Chudy

The next opening at Somerville's Assembly Row will likely be Ernesto's, a popular 20-year-old pizzeria in the North End that offers "slices" that are a quarter of a pizza (so go hungry.) Boston Restaurant Talk notes that the restaurant's second outpost is slated to open on Saturday, October 11.

Owner Anthony Radzikowski previously spoke with Eater about the expansion, saying that opening another location was a "new idea" for the family-owned business. "We've done really well [in the North End] for a long time, and we're very selective about other locations. We have had people approach us in the past and ask if we would want to go into different developments or retail plazas, stuff like that around Massachusetts, but we really didn't want to. But when saw Assembly Row, what they were doing, it really was so different than anything else I'd ever seen. I grew up in Everett, and I remember when the original Assembly Square Mall was built. It was pretty impressive, to say the least, to see what's going to be going in over there now."

Loyal customers can expect the "exact same pizzas, same recipe, all the same toppings, same exact concept" as the original location, except there will be two additions in Assembly Row: gluten-free pizza and smaller cheese slices (less than a quarter of a pizza) for kids.

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