Bianchi’s is back. The decades-old pizzeria’s location is different, although still on Revere Beach (381 Revere Beach Blvd.); all forms of payment, including mobile-based, are accepted, not just cash; text-based order notifications are coming; and there’s a full bar, dining room, and patio with some other food from partner business the Sandbar. But despite the changes and modernization, fans of the North Shore pizza icon will find thin-crust pizza made in the same ovens and with the same secret Bianchi family recipe as when the restaurant first opened in 1952.
The Bianchi’s timeline has been a little confusing over the past few years: The original location at 322 Revere Beach Blvd. closed in 2018 to make way for the development of an apartment complex, with Bianchi’s owner Robert Bianchi telling the Globe at the time that the pizzeria might eventually reopen on the ground floor of the new development. In the meantime, though, Bianchi’s temporarily moved its operation — including its ovens — to what was then the Renzo’s space at 381 Revere Beach Blvd., sharing the space with Renzo’s until late 2020. (Renzo’s has since moved on from that space and now operates in Salem.)
“We started on the beach — we want to stay on the beach,” Bianchi told The Daily Item upon the original location’s closure in 2018. “I don’t have children, so this is how I’m going to carry on my name.”
In January 2021, Bianchi’s announced that it would indeed reopen on Revere Beach, but in the now-vacant Renzo’s space, not in the new development. As of July 15, 2021, the pizzeria is up and running.
Updates on the restaurant’s Facebook page reveal that the first few days back in business have been exceedingly busy, and Bianchi’s is working on adding a second register — one to handle takeout orders and one to handle orders in the dining room and on the patio — as well as text-based order updates. For those dining in, there’s beer, wine, and cocktails available from the Sandbar, as well as a small food menu that includes appetizers such as jumbo shrimp cocktail and crab- and quinoa-stuffed avocado; a variety of salads; a few sandwiches served with greens or pasta salad; and desserts such as creme brulee or “whatever we have for ice cream.”
For those who just want pizza, the menu is simple, offering slices and 14-inch pizzas with standard toppings, such as pepperoni, mushrooms, and onions.
Bianchi’s is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Delivery isn’t currently available due to summer traffic around the beach — it will likely start up after Labor Day, but keep an eye on Facebook or Instagram for updates.