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Tilda's to fire up pizza ovens in downtown Rochester on Tuesday

Tilda's Pizzeria, created by Linda Black will open at 4 p.m. Tuesday on the main level of 300 First Ave. NW, the former home of the 300 First restaurant. That’s a couple weeks later than the originally planned opening, but the project had some unexpected delays that are now wrapped up. The Redwood Room is still open in the lower level of the building.

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Efrain Cruz, a pizza chef at the new Tilda's Pizzeria, works Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at the restaurant in Rochester while practicing for their opening on July 20. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

After dealing with some delays, Rochester’s newest downtown pizzeria is ready to fire up its ovens on Tuesday, July 20.

Tilda's Pizzeria , created by Linda Black will open at 4 p.m. Tuesday on the main level of 300 First Ave. NW, the former home of the 300 First restaurant.

That’s a couple weeks later than the originally planned opening , but the project had some unexpected delays that are now wrapped up. The Redwood Room remains open in the lower level of the building.

The former 300 First space has been significantly revamped with a 6,800 pound wood-fired oven smack in the middle of what was the dining room.

“It’s shockingly different… Our kitchen is out front and is very visible,” Black said.

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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 Drive 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.

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