Pomo Pizzeria
Scottsdale, AZ

Wide view of dining room at Pomo Pizzeria

Dining Room

Market bar at Pomo Pizzeria

Market Bar

Shops at Gainey Village
Scottsdale, Arizona
4,500 Sq. Ft. dining room
1,200 Sq. Ft. outdoor patio

New tenant build-out of a bar & restaurant
Completed December 2013
testani design troupe, inc.

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana and Forno Fabbri Italian market combine a fast-casual lunch and market full of imported Italian goods with a high-end pizzeria serving up authentic Italian Neapolitan pizza.   The 4,500 Sq. Ft. pizzeria and market is located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

It was very important that the space, while being distinctively Italian, also reflect its contextual environment of the desert. The centerpiece is a 7,500 lb. wood-fired pizza oven adorned with copper “penny” tile, a product that has been locally mined in the desert for centuries. The adjacent soffit is clad in the rich Iris “Frenchwood” plank ceramic tile and wraps around the prominent expo kitchen. The design challenge was to create a wood plank look while meeting local health codes.  The tiles were butt jointed and grout less to give it an authentic plank wood look. In contrast, bold, Italian wall covering by Dedar was chosen to accent the volume of the space.  In addition, slabs of Italian Marble are the backdrop for the massive oven.  Together, these genuine materials are timeless, rich, striking, and elegant.

The space also features an indoor/outdoor wraparound bar.  The corner of the building was opened up, creating a hub of activity and meeting place for neighborhood locals.  In addition, the dining room boasts a super graphic image of a Neapolitan streetscape.

The realistic nature of the rich Iris “Frenchwood” plank ceramic tile. The combination of warmth, texture, environmental benefits, and precision fit made this tile a preferred selection.  The tile established the basis of the material and color palette.

Sustainable Architectural Details*

Sustainability was also a focus at Pomo Pizzeria, and many green strategies were worked into the final design of the space.  Solar tubes bring natural daylight which floods a living wall of fresh herbs within the dining room.  Extensive solar studies were executed to properly size the exterior awnings to maximize shade in the sweltering desert summer, while still allowing light to penetrate into the space in the cooler months.  Most finish materials feature high recycled content or low-emitting properties, such as the Iris tile at the expo kitchen, the vinyl wood flooring made up of 75% recycled content, and the exterior awning, Resysta “wood” a highly durable material composed of 60% rice husks, 22% common salt and 18% mineral oil.

Market dining area at Pomo Pizzeria

Market Dining Area


Booth seating at Pomo Pizzeria

Booth Seating


Wide view of pizza prep area at Pomo Pizzeria

Pizza Prep Area


Pick-up hallway at Pomo Pizzeria

Pick-up Hallway