The Palatine pizzeria plans to move to a historic building in the city center
The downtown Palatine Building which previously housed the oldest continuous business in the village is set to become the new home of Pizza Bella.
The restaurant, now at 100 W. Northwest Highway at Clock Tower Plaza, plans to move to 16 N. Brockway St., where Zimmer Hardware operated for 136 years before closing in 2019.
The Palatine Zoning Appeal Board will consider an application for a Special Use Permit authorizing the move on Tuesday.
The proposal for the two-story 7,895 square foot building calls for 3,885 square feet on the ground floor to accommodate a dining area and kitchen. It would have 82 seats and also offer take-out and delivery.
Owner Tony DeFilippis said the move downtown will meet a community need.
“We always hear a cry for some kind of hometown, local pizzeria,” he said. “Downtown (Palatine) is second to none. We’re just going to be an incredible fit.”
DeFilippis said the new location will offer the restaurant’s current menu, with the main emphasis on pizza.
“It’s what we do best,” he said.
The best sellers are the tavern-style thin crust pizza and the Detroit-style pizza.
It also plans to expand in-house offerings such as Italian gelato and soft serve ice cream.
“We make our own bread in-house. Most of our desserts are made in-house,” DeFilippis added.
He said the company plans to move in late fall.