The Med City’s newest downtown restaurant is slated to fire up its oven and start serving wood-fired pizza in July.
Linda Black plans to open her Tilda's Pizzeria on July 7 on the main level of 300 First Ave. NW, the former home of the 300 First restaurant. The Redwood Room is still open in the lower level of the building.
Black believes people familiar with 300 First, which closed in 2020, might not recognize the space redesigned for Tilda’s.
“It’s shockingly different. Our 6,800 pound oven is smack in the middle of the dining room. Our kitchen is out front and is very visible,” she said. “It’s so bright and light and airy. Every time I walk in here, I’m super giddy and excited. I’m so excited to get going.”
Black, the driving force behind Rochester’s Pi Wood-Fired Pizza and Smokin’ Oak Wood-fired Pizza, is very familiar with the space. It previously housed the Broadstreet Cafe and later 300 First, both of which were creations that involved her family’s Creative Cuisine restaurant group.
Her brothers, Dave and Mark Currie, now lead Creative Cuisine, which owns Newt's, City Market, Hefe Rojo and the soon-to-open Purple Goat.
Fans of Black’s Pi Pizzeria, which opened at 3932 Marketplace Dr. NW in 2009, will find some familiar favorites on the menu. However, the made-from-scratch offerings will go well beyond Pi’s fast casual menu plus have a full bar with an extensive beer selection.
Tilda’s has hired most of its employees to create a team of 25 to 30 to staff the new restaurant.