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Menomale Is Opening a Second Location For Pizza and Salumi

The owners signed a lease in NoMa for a summer 2019 opening

Menomale is opening a new location in NoMa.
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Neapolitan pizzeria Menomale and its sister Italian deli Salumeria 2703 are branching out from Brookland to another part of Northeast. Both brands will be housed in a new location in NoMa.

The 3,000-square-foot shop will sit at the base of an incoming apartment building, the Belgard (33 N Street NE), H&R Retail tenant rep Sebastian Restifo tells Eater.

Menomale debuted in Brookland in 2012, when the neighborhood was pretty much a desolate dining zone. Since then, newcomers like District Space, Primrose, Brookland’s Finest, and Masala Story have followed. Salumeria, located a few doors down from Menomale, brought the neighborhood a new option for cold cuts, cheeses, fresh pastas, and antipasti in 2016.

Menomale and Salumeria, which hope to open by summer 2019, will be close to cult D.C. coffee shop Sweet Science, which is opening its first standalone store inside the Belgard.

Restifo, who “looked all over” Northeast for potential spaces, says Menomale and Salumeria will carry over their “core menus” while expanding upon selections. Alex Walker and Connor McCarthy (MillerWalker) represented landlord Wood Partners.

Menomale, run by the wife-and-husband team of Maria Rusciano and Naples native Ettore Rusciano, creates its pies with ingredients sourced from Italy’s Southern region of Campania. The star product is fired in a hand-built wood-fired oven. One of their best sellers is the spicy diavola with for di latte mozzarella, spicy salami, red peppers, San Marzano tomatoes, and basil.