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Pizzando Pops Up

Louis Maldonado and Liza Shaw prepare for August opening

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Before it opens as a full-time eatery, Pizzando, a new Italian-inspired restaurant in Healdsburg, debuted as a pop-up last Wednesday inside of Spoonbar. The restaurant is the work of Spoonbar executive chef Louis Maldonado and consulting chef Liza Shaw, formerly of San Francisco's A16.

Pizzando opens in its permanent location at 301 Healdsburg Ave., in the space formerly occupied by Cafe Newsstand, in August, and until then will appear every other Wednesday in Spoonbar's back dining room, the restaurant inside the h2h hotel. The pop-up plan gives diners a sneak preview of the restaurant and allows the cooks to work out the kinks in the menu, which will include dishes like grilled romaine hearts, wood-fired pizza and fried whole chicken with vinegar and aleppo peppers. The menu is to be served family-style, in a tasting format that's $32 for three courses with two choices for each course.

The Pizzando pop-up preview features two seatings with limited availability, one at 6:30pm and one at 8:30pm each Wednesday. For more info, call 707.433.7222.

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