By Cathalena E. Burch
A protégé of pizza maker Chris Bianco is opening his own pizzeria in Tucson's downtown warehouse district. Scott Girod hopes to open Monello — Italian for "brat" or "street urchin" — by late December or early January, once he finishes renovations to the former gallery space at 222 E. Sixth St. Work includes knocking down walls to open up the 800-square-foot space and creating a kitchen that will include a wood-fired Ferraro pizza oven imported from Italy.
Girod said his goal is to keep pizza simple and affordable, much as it is in Naples, Italy, where he studied pizza-making several years ago. "Pizza is a common food. When I was in Naples, everyone could eat pizza," he said. "You could get an individual pizza for one euro and they served it on butcher paper."