Granby’s newest pizza place gets fired up
GRANBY – Rob Butler is a busy man.
If you look you will find him hard at work in the early morning hours standing in front of his wood-fired oven or doing prep work on the cooking line.
Rob owns and operates Lina’s Pizza Napoletana at 358 E. Agate Ave. in Granby. Lina’s features traditional wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas made to order.
Lina’s first opened for business on July 4 of this year. Rob is originally from Pennsylvania, but he and his family have lived in Grand County for seven years.
Remodeling work began on the building, formerly Ian’s bakery, back in April. The facility was gutted and new electrical, plumbing and kitchen equipment were installed along with other changes to the interior decor.
Rob and his dad also put together Lina’s signature cooking device, an American made wood-fired pizza oven from the Forno Bravo corporation. The oven is fueled by wood logs and reaches temperatures of 900 degrees on the floor and 1,200 degrees at the dome. The oven cooks pizzas in 60 to 90 seconds.
Rob grew up in a pizzeria and was familiar with the business, though he noted he has had difficulty finding and retaining quality line cooks and wait staff.
After Rob gets his staffing concerns sorted out he plans on expanding the menu for Lina’s, adding wings, salad and pasta and also providing delivery services.
The 120-year old recipe Lina’s uses for their pizza is a traditional Neapolitan recipe. The menu features 16 different pizzas ranging from the well known and traditional margherita to the diavola topped with fresh mozzarella, basil, pepperoni, hot Italian sausage, calabrian peppers and pecorino romano.
Lina’s, named for Rob’s daughter Angelina, is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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