Menlo Park is getting a new pizzeria.
Amici's East Coast Pizzeria, which has 11 Bay Area locations, is setting up shop in the former Dal Baffo site at 878 Santa Cruz Ave., near Evelyn Street.
The restaurant, which will include covered outdoor dining and delivery service, should be up and running by April 2009, said Peter Cooperstein, president and founder of the San Mateo-based chain of pizzerias.
"We think that Santa Cruz Avenue is such a premiere street and location on the Peninsula," said Mr. Cooperstein. "The whole area has a classy neighborhood feel, and it's a very attractive space for us." He noted that the 5,000-square-foot Menlo Park property is "perfectly situated" between Amici's restaurants in Redwood Shores and Mountain View.
Property owner Sophie Lo said Amici's signed a 10-year lease with options for additional years.
"This is one of my favorite restaurants, which made the whole deal easier," Ms. Lo said. "It's a family restaurant, and kids love it."
Ms. Lo bought the property three years ago, but getting a tenant for the site has had its challenges.
In March 2007, nationwide alcohol retailer BevMo gave up on plans to set up shop at the site, and later that year, the building caught fire after a lighted real estate sign on the roof of the building started an electrical fire. Earlier this year, pharmacy chain Pharmaca dropped plans to open a store at the site.