Bourdain-Approved Bonci Pizzeria Plans U.S. Debut for Mid-July in Chicago

Jun 19, 2017 700

BY: Ashok Selvam

Anthony Bourdain did wonders for the popularity of Pizzarium Bonci, the tiny and divey pizzeria in Rome with a cult following. Gabrielle Bonci showcased his genius three-ingredient pizzas on a 2011 episode of The Layover with Anthony Bourdain and Americans rushed to the unassuming spot to try Bonci’s inventive and simple three-ingredient pies. Italy was the only place in the world to eat these pizzas, but that will change by mid-July when Bonci opens at 161 N. Sangamon St. in the West Loop.

“You can get this pizza in two places: Rome or Chicago,” Bonci USA President Rick Tasman said. Tasman and business partner Chakib Touhami have the rights to open Boncis across the world, excluding Italy and the four countries that border that country. While travelers gush about Bonci on social media sites like Yelp and Trip Advisor, Tasman expects a bit of a learning curve in Chicago.

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