New Italian Restaurant Piece Out Opens In Alexandria

Piece Out is a new casual Italian restaurant in Del Ray owned by Larry and Christine Ponzi. Ponzis also own St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub and Café Pizzaiolo. Piece Out aims to experiment with a small, flexible menu that features the New York-style, Sicilian pizza; square-cut, Detroit-style pizza, and homemade pasta dishes.

Piece Out’s Detroit-style pizza

According to alextimes.com, “The Ponzis started experimenting with Detroit-style pizza after a local artist and friend had them cater to an art show of his at St. Elmo’s. After researching and eating Detroit-style pizza in the months leading up to the art show, the Ponzis knew they wanted to add it to their next restaurant. The Detroit-style pizza has been the best-selling item on Piece Out’s menu so far, Christine Ponzi said, although the restaurant’s homemade ravioli, cannelloni, and baked wings aren’t too far behind.”

As per alextimes.com, “In its early days, Piece Out resembled a small family business, with Larry and Christine Ponzi doing almost everything themselves, including delivery. They even recruited their daughters, both of whom were stuck at home after spring break when their colleges shut down in-person learning due to COVID-19. Fortunately, things have eased up since then. The Ponzis have been able to hire new employees and, for the first time in 10 years, have no open positions at any of their restaurants. They have also been able to adapt pretty swiftly to the restaurant industry’s new normal. They instituted contactless delivery and payment, which has made their process more efficient.”

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