A former Eatonville-based pizza establishment is now looking to establish roots and grow in Yelm.
Bertoglio’s Pizza recently finished up a move to Yelm and had a soft opening last week at their new location at 704 W. Yelm Ave. in the building where Nisqually Valley Brewing Company was previously located.
Owner Seven Bertoglio said he’s been getting a lot of support since he began leasing the building in May in preparation for the recent opening.
“It has been great. From the chamber of commerce to the city, to the local businesses and the different restaurants that I’ve been going to — I’ve gotten a lot of good support, a lot of good suggestions. Everyone’s been very helpful,” said Bertoglio, who originally opened his namesake pizzeria nearly seven years ago.
From meatball melts to handcrafted special pizzas, Bertoglio’s serves a little something for everybody, including a selection of beer and wine. The business also serves a lunch special, which includes a two-topping flatbread pizza with fountain drink for $6.99.
There are also vegan pizza options with a red or barbecue sauce base, and Bertoglio’s can make almost any pizza gluten free, the restaurant owner said.
But what really sets Bertoglio’s apart from the competition is its toppings — fresh and lots of them.
“Build ‘em like you want to eat ‘em,” Bertoglio said. “Everything’s always fresh.”
Bertoglio said the move to Yelm was sparked by a need to expand. After a fairly extensive search in Eatonville, Bertoglio started broadening his search outside of the small Pierce County town. New pizza places were also opening up too, which stiffened competition in the community of more than 3,000 people.
Bertoglio said when he saw the retail location on Yelm Avenue, which was originally built in 1933 and includes 1,900 square feet of woodsy interior, he knew it was the perfect fit for a pizza place. Plus, it was a major upgrade from the 600-square-foot location in Eatonville, which was purely takeout.
“It’s so cool, the facade. It just looks like it should be a pizza place, to me,” Bertoglio said. “I just kept my eye on it, and when it became available after Nisqually Brewing moved out, I moved in right away.”
Besides the favorable location with easy access to Yelm’s downtown corridor, Bertoglio said it was also important that they have a commercial kitchen and bar already installed.
“The price to install a commercial kitchen was just astronomical for me. I needed a place that had been a restaurant before that had at least the basics for me to start with, instead of remodeling completely,” he said. “I mean, it took me five months (to open) and this place already has a kitchen and a bar. So I can just imagine what it would have taken me to start from scratch.”
And nearly five months later, Bertoglio’s Pizza opened Thursday, Sept. 19, with a soft opening. Bertoglio said he is currently in the process of scheduling a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce.
And while Bertoglio said he and his business are going to miss the clientele that kept them chugging along for so many years, he’s hoping the Yelm community will embrace the business with just as much love.
Bertoglio said the new restaurant isn’t currently hiring, but they might bring on a couple new faces from the community in the near future. There are currently seven employees on staff.
For more information on the restaurant and to view its menu, visit Bertoglio’s Pizza on Facebook.