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Carrboro pizzeria, Coronato Pizza, to close on Oct. 15 after smoke concerns


Coronato Pizza in Carrboro is closing on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2023.

After four years of serving the Carrboro area, Coronato Pizza is closing. The Roman-inspired pizzeria posted on its Instagram on Sept. 18 that the restaurant will no longer offer takeout services after Oct. 15.

Located in South Green, a newly developed shopping and dining center, Coronato serves pizza and snacks to takeout customers.

The restaurant has worked through significant health and safety concerns for over a year, Coronato's Instagram post said. Another post from April 25 said Coronato was dealing with the intrusion of secondhand tobacco smoke into the restaurant. The restaurant closed its dining room indefinitely on Feb. 27.

"We have since exhausted ourselves, and our resources, while waiting for a solution that never came," Coronato's most recent Instagram post said.

Teddy Diggs, the owner and chef of Coronato Pizza, said the restaurant opened with the intention of celebrating Roman pizza culture. Diggs, who attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York, served as a chef at Martha's Vineyard and the Il Palio restaurant in the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill.

He said there are three types of pizza in Rome, each with a unique dining experience. 

“We really incorporate all that into what we do at Coronato: the thin — cracker thin — crispy crust pizza of Rome, and then additionally we offer what we call Roman pan pizzas, which is the pizza al taglio style,” Diggs said. 

It has been wonderful to be able to share the authenticity of what Roman pizza and pizza culture are with the Chapel Hill and Carrboro community, Diggs said. He said the restaurant has been able to recreate his experiences — including his trips to Rome and cooking experiences in Italy. 

Diggs said working at Coronato has been a great source of connectivity for himself and with the community. 

Pizza is a good tool to connect with all sorts of different people, and it can bring different ages and demographics together, he said.

"Small businesses make up a majority of our local economy," Aury St. Germain, the director of communications and business development at the Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, said. "They are responsible for a great deal of our local job growth."

He said spending money locally ensures more of that money circulates within the community.

"It's an especially nice addition to the South Green development, which is a relatively new commercial property in Carrboro," Mayor Damon Seils said. "So a good place to have in town in general, and also a good place to have down there near Craftboro and other businesses to create sort of a local culture down there."

Seils said that from a personal perspective, it is hard to see that Coronato is closing. He said he hopes they will find another project to take on soon and stay around in the community.

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