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Aliño Pizzeria: Big Hit In A Small Southern Town

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Mooresville, North Carolina. Ever heard of it? I didn’t think so. And it’s certainly not a town where you’d expect to find any decent pizza. But I happen to have a friend who lives there. And for the past few years, he’s been raving about a new pizza place in his town. So on a recent trip to North Carolina, it was time to see what the hype was all about.

Located 30 minutes north of Charlotte, Aliño Pizzeria (500 South Main Street #401) is housed in a section of a large warehouse building, just outside of the town’s central district (the word “aliño” means “seasoning” in Spanish, but has no translation in Italian as far as I can tell). My first impression of the place was that it reminded me of a pizzeria in Nashville called DeSano’s Pizza Bakery.

Let’s do a quick side by side comparison:

On the left, we have the tables and benches at DeSano’s. On the right, the same seating at Aliño.
(notice the Italian flags hanging on the wall at both places)

On the left, the three ovens at DeSano’s. On the right, practically identical ovens (three of them!) at Aliño.
(the wood is even stored in the exact same spot — under the ovens — at both places)

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Want to drizzle some olive oil on your pie? On the left, DeSano’s. On the right, Aliño.
(both located on a table right in front of the ovens)

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Enjoy outdoor seating? You can do so at DeSano’s on the left. And Aliño on the right.

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And finally, if you like a menu hanging above the register, on the left is DeSano’s and on the …read more

Source:: I Dream of Pizza