Umami Does Pizza (and More Burgers)
The Burger buzz in 2013 was all about Calforina-based chain Umami Burger opening a new location in the West Village, and in 2014, founders Adam Fleischman and Allen Ravert hope to recreate the magic with pizza. The duo are scouting a location in NoMad for their LA-based 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, which offers customized pizzas fresh from a wood-burning oven. If all this talk about Umami just gets you hungry for one of their signature truffle burgers, the chain will also open a second NYC location in Williamsburg on North Fourth near Metropolitan. Originally scheduled to launch in 2013, expect the grills to get fired up by spring, with a third location also pending for the World Financial Center .
Williamsburg Bonus: Another bonus for Williamsburg residents in 2014 will be the first Brooklyn location of Parm, which the guys behind Torrisi plan to open on North Fourth near Bedford.