Pomodoro’s has been continuously serving the Mooresville community since 1991. Blake Dewey acquired Pomodoro’s in 2007 and in the spring of 2010 Pomodoro’s expanded into its larger, new location just off I-77 exit 36. With all that happened in 2020, we thought it time to shake off the old and bring in the new. Thanks to the help of local designer Al Bell the dining room now sports vibrant colors and lighting, oversized vintage prints, and a great upbeat feel. Dividers have been added between tables to help with social distancing and additional outside seating has been added.
As a local resident of Denver for 15 years, Dewey saw the opportunity to expand Pomodoro’s to the “other side” of LKN. In 2017 Chef “Natty” Berridge became an operating partner in the business. Later that year the Denver location opened its doors. Local designers and Artists brought colorful fabrics and whimsical art to the dining room. Glass paned barn doors close off a large room for private parties. The intimate bar features comfortable oversized bar seats and a large assortment of spirits as well as antique riddling racks in which to store wine bottles. A large patio with comfortable seating is surrounded by plants for delightful al fresco dining.
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 their signature sauce, then baked in true stone-hearth ovens 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. Subtly sweet with well blended flavors it will remind you of the best Italian restaurants in the New York. Meatballs also are made from scratch and many guests say both 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, capers & white wine. Zuppa de Pesce is an overflowing bowl of garlicy tomato broth, brimming with assorted seafood over perfectly cooked al dente pasta. While the menu is extensive, all items on the menu share one thing in common, they are made from scratch by true 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, exclusively from North Carolina, 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 craft beers, wines and locally distilled whiskeys!
Born and raised in 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 16 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 immigrant- Italian neighborhood, even the next door neighbor would be waiting to share some special sweet or baked good for 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 our restaurants to share. When you come through our doors you will be welcomed as family and served with love.”
Michael "Natty" Berridge joined the Pomodoro’s kitchen team in 2008. 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 Mooresville restaurants before and during college finding a passion for restaurant life; opening his own pizzeria at 24 years of age. 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, embracing the opportunity to challenge and prove his abilities. He quickly became an integral part of Pomodoro’s success. In 2016 Chef Berridge became an operating partner and corporate chef with the company. This partnership enabled Pomodoro’s to expand to the Denver side of Lake Norman as well as create their second restaurant concept, “Citrus The Diner”.
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”.