For those that don't know, Nella Grassano was the original pizzaiolo at Spacca Napoli in Chicago. She did a great job there, and when I heard she was opening her own place I was excited to give it a try. I got there just after opening today, and got for me the best seat in the house-right next to the prep table and 5 or 6 feet from the oven.
The place is very nice looking, and well done. As you walk down the hall towards the back they have a window into the dough room which was a neat touch. While I was there today someone was scaling and balling dough. The staff were all very nice as was Nella. We got a chance to talk about pizza for a bit which she is very passionate about as you may have guessed. She opned the dough with a technique I have not seen before, where she holds the dough in her right hand, and slaps/stretches/spins it with her left-pretty neat.
I ordered a Margherita as I always do when first trying a place and it was great. If anyone was at Spacca when she was there the pizza was basically identical-which is a good thing. Ingredients were great, especially the tomatoes. This was the third Neapolitan style place I have been to in the last 10 days, and I must say is was cool to see someone that you can tell has been around pizza a long time work their craft. I had a great meal, and a great time watching and chatting. http://pizzerianella.com/
ETA: These pics were with my phone, sorry for the worse than usual quality.