Pizza Bella Relocating to Old Zimmer Hardware Store

The pizzeria will also add Italian ice and soft serve to the menu
Pizza Bella Relocating to Old Zimmer Hardware Store
Photo: Official
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Pizza Bella is looking to relocate to Downtown Palatine, in the former home of the village’s oldest continuous businesses, at 16 N. Brockway St.

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The Zimmer Hardware store stood at its downtown home for 136 years before closing in 2019. The building has remained vacant since, but now, Pizza Bella owner Tony DeFilippis hopes to relocate there in late Fall 2022 from its original site at 100 W. Northwest Highway in Clock Tower Plaza. The proposed two-story 7,895-square-foot building will feature a 3,885 square-foot dining area and kitchen with 82 seats. The new, larger location will also expand the menu by offering Italian ice and soft serve ice cream.

“We always hear a cry for kind of a hometown, local pizzeria,” DeFilippis tells The Daily Herald, mentioning the move is meant to fill a community need. “The (Palatine) downtown is second to none. We’re just going to be an amazing fit.”

Before the move can happen, The Palatine Zoning Board of Appeals will consider a special use permit request to allow the move. If approved, the new downtown location will offer the same menu as its current location, focusing on its prized product: pizza. Some of their most popular items include thin crust, tavern-style, and Detroit-style pizza. All of the bread and desserts will be made in-house.

Pizza Bella Relocating to Old Zimmer Hardware Store
Photo: Official

Joey Reams

Born in San Diego, Joey moved to San Francisco to study Music Journalism at San Francisco State University. There, he worked for several publications, including The Culture Trip and RIFF Magazine, and served as the News Editor at Golden Gate Xpress. Joey previously worked as the News Assignment Editor for Pasadena Now. When he’s not working, you can find him exploring new cities, finding delicious food, and having fun at concerts.
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