Rosso Pizzeria Opens New Petaluma Location

“Santa Rosa’s Rosso Pizzeria owns a larger slice of the artisanal pie market now, following the grand opening of its second location in Petaluma yesterday,” according to the Inside Scoop San Francisco. “But chef-owner John Franchetti and co-owner Kevin Cronin aren’t done yet. No sooner has the paint dried on the new Rosso Pizzeria + Mozzarella Bar in Petaluma’s Theater District than the duo has turned their attention to Rosso #3, coming this summer to the Barlow in Sebastopol.

“We have been scrambling to get Petaluma done and [work on] a couple of events,” said Cronin. “And now, yes, we are on for the Barlow project.”

But don’t think production line pies. While rustic Italian food remains the Rosso hallmark, each location has its own flavor, Cronin noted. The Petaluma spot features pulled-to-order mozzarella, sourced from Craig Ramini of Tomales Bay who raises real, live Italian water buffalo for his distinctive cheese.

The Sebastopol eatery, meanwhile, will be a small space that is part production facility for catering and part piadini bar, rounded out with a bocce ball court and fire pit in the courtyard of the culinary and art center at Sebastopol Avenue and Morris Street.”