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The entrepreneurs behind Urban Pastoral expanded their ecosystem with the introduction of its second hospitality concept, Molina Pizze & Polpette, a New Haven-style pizza & meatball shop. Molina features handcrafted pizza all made with a lighter, crispier house-fermented dough, and sustainable ingredients baked in an Italian-made stone hearth oven, called a Pavesi.
The concept itself is inspired by European immigration to the U.S. at the turn of the century, and literary influences from Hemingway’s, A Farewell to Arms. Urban Pastoral partners, J.J. Reidy and Christian De Paco, are greatly influenced by their family’s heritage and food traditions. Reidy’s grandfather, Raz, immigrated from Naples, and DePaco, originally from Costa Rica, grew up in a rich multicultural family with influences from Europe and Latin America.
Molina’s menu reflects the rustic food culture influences of Italy, with the nuances of urban grit that immigration to port cities like Baltimore and New York brought about.
CHRISTIAN DE PACO
Talented Urban Designer, Engineer, & Proud Costa Rican. Pura Vida!
Start-up Entrepreneur, Global Food Activist, Urban Developer, & Avid Traveller.