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Vitta Pizza's new Central Entrance location opens Friday

The Duluth restaurant will feature a drive-thru window.

A couple stands in a pizzeria's dining area.
Vitta Pizza co-owners Brad and Christie Erickson pose in the dining area in their West Central Entrance pizzeria Thursday.
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DULUTH — After 11 years in business at its Canal Park location, Vitta Pizza is opening a second restaurant at 23 W. Central Entrance on Friday in the former UPS Store building.

Both sites are owned and operated by Christine and Brad Erickson, of Duluth.

A wood fire burns in a pizza oven.
A wood fire burns in Vitta Pizza’s oven Thursday on Central Entrance in Duluth.
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"Vitta pizza is woodfired Neapolitan pizza," Christine Erickson said. "It's the way pizza was first made back in Naples, Italy, in the 1800s. Just like back in Italy, our oven is fired by wood and only wood. The oven reaches 1,000 degrees. The intense heat cooks your pizza in as little as 97 seconds. We call it 'kissed by the flame.' Your pizza might show little black leoparding spots from the intense heat and flame."

The new location, which offers the same menu options and daily specials, will serve wood-fired pizzas, salads, Love Creamery Ice Cream, wine and beer. Similar to its Canal Park location, the new pizzeria features a 1960s Vespa scooter.

Mural on an interior wall of Vitta Pizza.
A mural decorates a wall inside Vitta Pizza on Central Entrance in Duluth.
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"We love being in Canal Park. It's such a beautiful area," Erickson said. "We will definitely keep that location. It is near and dear to us. We've had customers request a location up on the hill. We were thrilled to find this building that we purchased last year. We completely remodeled the building from the floor to ceiling, the exterior as well. It's been a super-fun process and used a lot of great local contractors."

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Mural on the side of a building.
A mural decorates a wall on Vitta Pizza near the pizzeria’s drive-up window Thursday.
Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

The Central Entrance location's hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Nov. 26. Then, normal hours will extend to 9 p.m. Vitta will be closed on Thanksgiving. The location also has a drive-up window. Orders can be made at vittapizza.com . Dine-in and delivery options with FoodDudes are also available.

A woman makes a pizza.
Vitta Pizza general manager Alina Oswald makes a cheese pizza Thursday.
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The Canal Park location's hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

There are about 25 employees at both locations, led by general manager Alina Oswald, who started with Vitta when it first opened 11 years ago.

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Brielle Bredsten is the business reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.

She earned a bachelor's degree in Professional Writing & Technical Communication, with minors in Advertising and Creative Writing from Metropolitan State University, in addition to a two-year professional paid internship as reporter/editor of the student newspaper.

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