Decades-old Emma's Pizza will get a South End sibling in the former Mangia space at 537 Columbus Ave., reports Boston Restaurant Talk, noting that the new restaurant will offer slices as well as whole pizzas and focus on takeout and delivery, although there will be some counter seating as well as seasonal patio seating. That location of Mangia had opened and closed several times over the past few years, ultimately closing for good in January 2016.
Emma's owner Jeff Weingast confirmed news of the upcoming location, telling Eater that he hasn't decided on a name yet, but it will "certainly [be] some derivative of 'Emma's.'"
"Waited a really long time, and we feel this is an amazing opportunity to jump over the river and get into a new market without being too far from our home store," he added. Weingast has owned Emma's since 2004; he started working there the previous year after spending a few years as general manager of Todd English's now-shuttered Figs location in Wellesley.
Emma's has been located at 40 Hampshire St. in Cambridge's Kendall Square since 2000, but the restaurant has existed in different locations and under different ownership since 1962. Nowadays, the menu features 25 cracker-thin pizzas as well as a make-your-own option with plenty of possible toppings. There are also appetizers, sides, and sandwiches available.