SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 2, 2010 â€“ Luciano Del Signore, chef and proprietor of the acclaimed Bacco Ristorante opened Pizzeria Biga (29110 Franklin Road) to the public on Wednesday, June 30.Â Pizzeria Biga is an authentic pizzeria offering fresh handcrafted pizzas and Italian antipasti, appetizers, salads and desserts, including homemade gelato.
The restaurantâ€™s namesake comes from biga (bee-gah), a pre-fermented, live culture, non-commercial starter for the dough, which allows the pizza to be light, chewy, flavorful, and baked for a shorter time than other doughs.Â
The restaurant seats approximately 130 inside, including the chic bar area, and 60 on the heated, outdoor patio.Â Designed by the Northville-based Martone Design Studio, Biga features a natural and modern industrial flare with the use of steel and brick.Â Unique art panels throughout are reminiscent of the work of abstract sculpture artist Louise Nevelson.
The restaurant offers curbside carry-out and waiters ready with handheld computers. Customers can pay for their pizza and receive their order, which can also include bottled wine and beer at retail prices, without leaving their car.
Pizzas and a selection of dishes are baked in two 40,000-pound wood-burning ovens in the heart of the restaurant.Â Burning at 800 degrees during business hours, the oven is kept on at all times.Â Â The pizzas, which cost $8-15 for a whole pie, feature toppings including fresh and prepared vegetables, salami, speck, pancetta and duck prosciutto. In-house diners receive 12-inch pizzas to allow for more selection per table, whereas those who select carry-out can order pizzas as large as 18 inches.
The bar offers a wonderful selection of wine by the glass and bottle costing no more than $40. An on-site beer sommelier assists in the selection from 12 beers offered on tap and 38 varieties by the bottle.
â€œPizzeria Biga is a place where people can come and enjoy family, friends and a pizza like they have never tasted before,â€ says owner Luciano del Signore. â€œYou can only find pizza like this where my family comes from in Italy.â€
Biga is open from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Thursday through Saturday.
Pizzeria Biga is located at 29110 Franklin Road, Southfield, MI 48034.Â For more information call toll free (877) 315-BIGA (2442), locally (248) 750-2500, or visit www.pizzeriabiga.com. For Carryout call (248) 750-BIGA (2442)
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