Hot Italians, bicycle rims and instant pizza

A year in the making, the new home of pizza-with-style – Hot Italian at the corner of 16th and Q in the downtown Sacramento Grid – will be opening inside of three weeks. The owner's self-declared deadline: the Amgen Tour of California on Feb. 14.

"That's Valentine's Day as well," says Andrea Leport, the woman who has managed this eatery from concept to near-fruition. "And the next day is St. Faustino's Day, the holiday for the single."

Sounds like they're expecting business those days. And tying it to the big international bike race fits perfectly the theme of Hot Italian.

“We’re all about the two wheels,” says Andrea Lepore.

Hot Italian is a concept place that aims to serve lifestyle as well as food, says Lepore. The business really wants to serve cyclists and bikers of all stripes, and beyond its layout and such details as barstools made of old bike rims, has gone out of its way with the city to make it’s parking bike-friendly. The city has changed a couple of car lengths of parking into parking for motorbikes only, with more parking for bikes on the sidewalk.

And eventually, the pizza will be delivered – perhaps even on two wheels.

Hot Italian is also punnily named for charming head chef Fabrizio Cercaione, an Italian immigrant with a quick smile who was there when a group of us from stopped by. He didn’t hesitate to toss a pizza up (literally) and fire it in the wood stove in a flash.

My interns got a taste, but I wasn’t quick enough; they assured me it was delicious.

But there will be plenty of chances to try Hot Italians’ pizza; the place opens in mere weeks, and is a very good bet to turn into one of the key hangouts in what is still a booming downtown Sacramento.

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January 27, 2009 | 11:32 PM

I am so jealous! I can’t wait for it to open.

January 28, 2009 | 12:18 PM

My bad in the first graph: It’s Lepore, not Leport.

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January 28, 2009 | 1:52 PM

I gave you the wrong spelling of Fabrizio’s last name. It’s Cercatore. Sorry, I misread it.

January 28, 2009 | 10:13 PM

Very cool stools! Another bicycle fixated pizzeria “One speed” a concept from Waterboy creator Rick Mahan will be opening in he sametimeframe. Lets see who will win best new pizza!

January 29, 2009 | 8:15 AM

What’s Rick Mahan’s place? Where? What’s it called? Write it up, John!

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January 28, 2009 | 11:06 PM

anything to do with two wheels in sacramento is awsome !, back in the day sacramento had industry leading shops for both motorized and non motorized cycles .. great food is always a good thing…

January 29, 2009 | 6:32 AM

Vancouver Washington has a pizza joint just off I-5 that is all Tour de France decor. The pizza is great too.

January 29, 2009 | 8:53 AM

Ive been there Bill. It has a big mavic wheel on the ceiling with jerseys hanging from it.

A long bike ride, a quality pizza chasedwitha a strong pint of microbrew.

Heaven on earth

January 29, 2009 | 8:18 AM

Thanks for stopping by David! Only one small correction…we didn’t name HOT ITALIAN after Fabrizio. Although he’s definitely one, HOT ITALIAN encompasses many people, food, cars, scooters, bikes, etc…..look forward to seeing you and the rest of the sacpress gang at the pizza bar soon! Ciao!

January 29, 2009 | 10:23 AM

Thanks for the update! I’ve been waiting for this place to open!

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