Chic pizzeria coming to downtown Alta

Friday, June 11, 2021
Erik Holmgren brings some traditional Italian specialties to Patio 220, opening later this month. / Pilot photo by Dana Larsen

Patio 220 pizzeria will be opening on Main Street in Alta, starting for the weekend next week.

The cozy location has most recently been an Air Bed & Breakfast, and before that, housed the popular White House 220 cupcakery.

For entrepreneur Erik Holmgren, the project marks the beginning of a new journey.

“This will be my first go with a place of my own, but I’ve been working in restaurants since I was 16,” he says. Most recently, he had worked for a pizzeria in the resort area of Bozeman, Montana. “I made it my mission not to take any ideas or recipes with me - I wanted to come up with my own.”

Patio 220 will feature hand-crafted sourdough flatbread pizza, something of a mix between traditional Italian Neapolitan and New York style pie. Holmgren stretches his own mozzarella. “It’s a special pizza,” he says. Far from the typical chain pizza, there will be choices such as margherita traditional Italian pie featuring tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and extra-virgin olive oil; summer sausage; antipasto, prosciutto and date with cured Italian-style ham, along with caprese and marinated olives and artichoke salads.

“I want to bring people out of their comfort zone a little bit. Some things on the menu will sound a little bit out there, but they are really delicious.”

Beer and wine will also be available once a liquor license is approved.

Holmgren, originally from the Minneapolis area, has been working on setting up his restaurant since April, living upstairs. With few restaurants in the Alta area, with the urging of a local family friend, he felt the opportunity was ripe.

Patio 220 features an intimate, homey dining area right off the kitchen, with a few pub tables surrounded by padded stools, and a media screen. As renovation wraps up, the proprietor’s skateboard currently resides in one corner, and his mother’s uber-friendly corgi in another. Outside, a deck and patio area feature more tables, swing seats, and string lighting overhead for a romantic setting.

Initially, Erik will be the only employee, with some help from his mother. As the business grows, he hopes to provide some new jobs for the Alta area, and eventually he hopes to be able to rent out the site for special occasions.