Pomodoro’s has been continuously serving the Mooresville community since 1991. Originally called “La Pizza”, its current name was acquired several years later. In 2007 Pomodoro’s was acquired by Blake Dewey. With business increasing, in the spring of 2010 Pomodoro’s moved from its original location of 15 years to the current Mooresville location. The move allowed for easier access and convenient parking for a Pomodoro’s twice the size of the original. After 10 years in their new location Interior Designer Alfred Bell helped to transform the interior with bright, bold colors to reflect the strong spirit of the Mooresville community. “It’s been a long, troubled year for everyone, so we wanted to offer a bright, new Pomodoro’s with a bit of whimsy to chase away those blues” states Dewey about the new design. The fireplace remains a focal point with brightly covered club chairs to relax in while sipping a great Italian wine, checking out the internet, reading a book or chatting with friends. The patio offers tables under red umbrellas and Italian flags. The “Family Room” offers a space for up to 8 guests to enjoy a meal and conversation in their own cozy room. The “Party Room” can privately host groups of up to 40 guests. The bar offers an assortment of creative cocktails, craft beer and a large wine selection. And, of course, the atmosphere is complete with music from all the greats of the “Rat Pack” era. No wonder Pomodoro’s, even after 29 years, continues to be the favorite Italian American Restaurant in the Lake Norman / Mooresville area.
Dewey, a Denver area resident, has been listening to his neighbors and guests desire for more dining options in the area. Early in 2016 plans were made and new business partnerships created to ready the company for a second location. The new Denver Pomodoro’s was designed with all the things he and his neighbors have been wanting for years; a truly nice restaurant that can equally appeal to families and those wanting a special, romantic place to have lunch or dinner. Sleek, deeply padded booths have been custom designed and built by a local furniture maker. Colorful fabrics, dark sawn oak flooring, and a 24 foot long, colorful mural, created by a local artist, welcome you to relax and enjoy a delicious meal “Italian style”. Interested in a private party? They also have a private dining room, flexible for groups of 10 to 50 guests. In the bar, antique wine riddling racks perform double duty as unique wall design as well as to highlight the large wine menu. Along with custom oversized bar stools there are several bar-height booths at which to gather with friends. A large covered patio is furnished with wicker couches and chairs with thick, deep cushions on which to relax for a drink or appetizers. Cast patio tables and chairs also offer al fresco dining options. And, of course, to finish the ambiance, music from all the great crooners is sure to set the stage for a restaurant experience sure to please.
Pomodoro's specializes in Italian American favorites and authentic Stone-Hearth pizza and baked goods. All pizzas are made by well trained “Pizziolas” (pizza chefs) using a guarded,signature sauce recipe with over 18 ingredients; then cooked in a true stone-hearth oven to bring out the nutty, toasty flavors in the special wheat flour the dough is made with. Sauces, dough, dressings, desserts and the like are all made in-house daily from the best ingredients available. Their signature Marinara sauce takes most of the day to prepare being made with 2 types of wine, onions, garlic and numerous spices & herbs, of which the exact recipe is a carefully guarded secret. Subtly sweet with well blended flavors it will remind you of the best Italian restaurants in the New York. Meatballs are made from scratch and and many guests say they rival those that their “Nonna” made years ago. The Marsala is sweet with wine and velvety smooth on the tongue with a generous swirl of fresh butter. Picattas are tangy and tart, with fresh squeezed lemons & white wine. Zuppa de Pesce is an overflowing bowl of garlicy tomato broth, brimming with assorted seafood over perfectly cooked al dente pasta. All the items on the menu share one thing in common, they are obviously made from scratch by cooks and Chefs that know their craft. But what’s a wonderful entrée without a delicious beverage? No worries, the fully stocked bar features all the classics as well as bartender created specialties. Craft beers, many locally brewed, are on tap with an ever changing selection. The wine list features over 50 wines, predominantly Italian all affordably priced. With all the selections it might be hard to choose, but don’t worry, they also offer tasting “flights” of both craft beers and wines!
Born and raised in Western New York, Blake Dewey received his BS from Niagara University’s school of Hospitality Management and went on to study at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America where he graduated with High Honors. Dewey moved to Charlotte in 1992 where he served 18 years as Executive Chef and Partner at the Pewter Rose Bistro, Charlotte’s premier, eclectic restaurant of the time. Dewey sums up his attachment to restaurants and cooking by recalling; “Some of my fondest childhood memories were Sunday dinners at my Grandparent’s home. (My Grandfather came to the United States from Sicily as a young teenager, settling in Niagara Falls he became Executive Chef of the once famous Hotel Niagara.) I remember walking into their home, the aromas of delicious Italian foods coming from the kitchen, an overflowing of delicious foods on the table, foods prepared with love. In this predominantly Italian neighborhood, even the next door neighbor would be waiting to add some special sweet or baked good to our table. These dinners were a time to relax, play and maintain priceless family bonds (not to mention the delicious foods). It is memories such as these that I want every guest that visits Pomodoro’s to share. When you come through our doors you will be welcomed as family and served with love.”
Michael "Natty" Berridge was born in California and moved to Mooresville at the age of 14. With an interest in history and politics he acquired a degree in criminal justice in 1996. He cut his teeth in the kitchens of several local restaurants before and during college and found a passion for cooking. He soon after opened his own pizzeria at 24 years of age. Chef “Natty”, has been with the Pomodoro’s kitchen team since 2008. When Pomodoro’s moved to its current Mooresville location in 2010, Chef Natty stepped up to the plate and truly took an ownership attitude in his position, and embraced the opportunity to challenge and prove his abilities. He has been an invaluable part of growing the Pomodoro’s brand of quality since then. In 2016 Chef Berridge became an operating partner in the company. While he continues to oversee operations in the Mooresville location, his daily responsibilities will be at the new Denver Location. His first priority, “to serve the west side of Lake Norman the same high-quality Italian American foods that have been loved for years in Mooresville”.