Revere Beach mainstay Bianchi’s Pizza shuttered this weekend — for now. In April, the Revere city council approved a special permit for the development of a 145-unit apartment complex at 320-327 Revere Beach Blvd., leading many to wonder what would become of the decades-old pizzeria (322 Revere Beach Blvd.).
But it’s not all doom and gloom for Bianchi’s: The popular pizzeria plans to move its operation — ovens and all — to Renzo’s Pizzeria (381 Revere Beach Blvd.) temporarily.
Owner Robert Bianchi told the Globe that the planned restaurant space on the ground floor of the new building at 320-327 Revere Beach Blvd. could become the new permanent home of his shop, but the lease, timeline, and other details are still unsettled.
Bianchi’s opened in the early 1950s and has been owned and operated by the Bianchi family since day one. Robert Bianchi’s uncle Anthony Bianchi opened the pizzeria when he was just 17 years old. Robert Bianchi told the Globe he’d “hate to lose it, especially on my watch.”
There’s no timeline for Bianchi’s to start slinging pies at Renzo’s — and it’s unclear at the moment when or where Bianchi’s will find its own new, permanent space — but, at least for now, there’s hope that Revere Beach won’t lose an institution.
“We have plans to move somewhere very close,” Bianchi told the Daily Item. “We started on the beach — we want to stay on the beach...I don’t have children, so this is how I’m going to carry on my name.”
• Owners of Iconic Bianchi’s Pizza Plan on Staying on Revere Beach [DI]
• Council Approves Special Permit for Beach Development [RJ]
• No One Seems to Be Sure What Will Become of Bianchi’s Pizza [EBOS]
• Apartments Planned for the Revere Beach Home of Bianchi’s. Will the Beloved Pizza Parlor Survive? [DI]