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New pizzeria opens in Columbia's Cottontown

Citta del Cotone, Italian for "town of cotton," opened Friday in Columbia's Cottontown area off North Main

Columbia, SC (WLTX) — The long awaited Citta del Cotone pizzeria opened Friday in Columbia's Cottontown district off North Main.

Rick Marzan, formerly of Noah's Antica pizzeria in the Irmo/St. Andrews area, will once again bring authentic Neopolitan pizza to Columbia. Marzan's business partner is Tommy Price, formerly of Za's brick Oven Pizza on Devine and Congaree Mill in Five Points.

Citta del Cotone, Italian for "town of cotton," will seat around 30 and have carry out service. The menu features salads and appetizers, and puccia -- sandwiches made using pizza dough, sliced at the center and filled with ingredients.

Marzan has kept the menu of 12-inch pizzas somewhat classic -- marinara, margherita, and prosciutto e fungi (prosciutto and mushroom) -- but there are one or two pizzas featuring combinations of ingredients that Marzan has become known for. The Emma features fresh mozzarella with whipped cream and italian sausage; and the Trevigiana combines mozzarella, sliced peaches, gorgonzola, chopped walnuts, and honey. Marzan uses a custom built brick oven that can bake a pizza in 90 seconds.

The pizzeria serves Peroni and Moretti Italian beers and there are seasonal Italian wines on draft. Price and Marzan will be importing sparkling and still water from Italy in the near future.

Located at 2150 Sumter St., Citti del Cotone's regular hours will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.