Sorbillo Pizzeria is already ready to expand. Just a couple of months after opening the first outpost on Bowery, the pizza restaurant from acclaimed Naples pizzaiolo Gino Sorbillo has nabbed a new business partner that will lead to a major expansion internationally — including a second restaurant in New York.
In an announcement, Sorbillo said that he’s officially partnering with Shintaro Akatsu, an entrepreneur who’s also been involved in companies like gelato shop Grom, three restaurants in Milan, a watch company, and an art gallery. Sorbillo says in a statement that Akatsu will be helping the restaurant explode, with expectations to open in Miami, LA, and Tokyo in the coming years.
His spokesperson had no details yet on where the second location in New York may be.
Sorbillo’s first full-service restaurant opened at 334 Bowery, between Bond and Great Jones streets, in November. But he’s already a legend in Naples, where he’s a bonafide celebrity whose Neopolitan pies attract hordes of fans. Here in New York, early word for his pies has been positive. In an early visit, Eater critic Robert Sietsema noted that New York finally has “real Naples pizza” with the addition of Sorbillo’s small, puffy and wet pies.