The many folks (from Chicago and elsewhere) who think a slice of pizza should encompass a deep reservoir of rich, melted cheese — a slice accessible not to bare hands but only to the efforts of a knife and fork — will be happy to hear about 312 Pizza Company, coming to the 4th & Monroe retail-and-residential building in Germantown.
Staci Bockman says she and her business partners are all originally from Chicago and decided there was a niche in Nashville that needed to be filled. "We want to integrate Chicago food with everything that's going on in Nashville," she explains.
Bockman adds that in addition to the famous deep-dish, 312 Pizza will serve her hometown's second-best-known pizza: Chicago-style thin-crust. (Nothing like the yeasty crust of a New York pie, Chicago thin crust is very crispy, almost cracker-like, and the slices are squared off, not wedge-shaped.)
In addition to pizza, 312 Pizza Company will have a menu of salads, sandwiches and pasta. They plan to offer catering, carryout and delivery (the delivery radius will be determined after opening).
Bockman says the restaurant aims to have a full bar, with high-quality cocktails made from fresh juices. Beers will lean toward local craft brews, and Bockman plans to serve some Chicago-area beers, including Goose Island and possibly others, depending on how distribution works out to this region.