Robert's Pizza Company

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Robert’s Pizza will reopen in the River East Art Center in a new, sunlit space with wood tables, plush green banquettes and tan-leather chairs. There are 142 seats — nearly triple the size of the original Robert’s — and a private dining room that can hold parties of eight to 12. True to the building’s loft origins, support pillars and wood ceiling trusses remain exposed, as do the ductwork and other mechanicals; the main dining room looks into the open kitchen and the pizza ovens. One corner of the dining room displays a series of Polaroid photos. Huge windows overlooking Ogden Slip can open fully, letting in summer breezes. The restaurant also will have a good amount of standing-around room (the original had none), including an 18-seat bar with leather-wrapped barstools, purse hooks, charging stations and, as Garvey put it, “a foot rail you can actually rest your feet on.” In addition to familiar pizza creations (duck prosciutto and arugula, wild mushroom and thyme, sausage and Calabrian pepper), Robert’s was known for inventive pies such as Peking duck (with hoisin sauce and fontina cheese) and the shellfish-packed seafood pizza. The menu also will be bolstered by vegan options, salads and more; and, as before, there will be wine, beer and cocktails. Robert’s also has a separate to-go window (accessible from the main entrance and from 411 E. Illinois St.) for carryout orders. Delivery also will be available.