Restaurant owner bringing wood-fired pizza to downtown Globe

David Sowders/Arizona Silver Belt John Wong stands by the wood-fired pizza oven in Bravo Americano Moderno, the new restaurant he is opening in downtown Globe this fall.

Chef John Wong, owner of Bloom Asian restaurant in downtown Globe, is out to bring a new dining experience to town; wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza.

Wong said he hopes to open his second restaurant, named Bravo Americano Moderno, this November. Located on Broad Street next door to Bloom, Bravo will feature wood-fired pizza (including gluten-free pizzas), pasta, pressed sandwiches and some salads.

“I want to be known for our modern American food,” Wong said. “We’re taking American comfort food and stepping it up a little, making it more crafted and artisan.”

He said Bravo will be the only local spot serving that style of pizza, made in a wood-fired oven like pizzas from Napoli, Italy. The interior of Bravo’s oven was also made in Italy and its outer tiles were put on in California. It can reach 800-900 degrees in an hour. Once heated up, it will be maintained at 850 degrees and cook pizzas in 90 seconds or less.

Bravo also has a Napoli-style pizza dough mixer and the dough will be made in-house, along with the restaurant’s pizza sauces, bread, Mozzarella cheese, yogurt and root beer.

Customers will be able to enjoy drinks along with the food. Bravo will have connected indoor and outdoor bars, six taps on an antique copper tap station and wines from a variety of regions. Wong said he wanted to take advantage of Globe’s weather with the outdoor seating.

“I wanted to open another restaurant that had a lot of space,” he said.

The outdoor bar will also have a bit of local history, with benches made of wood salvaged from a former bowling alley, as well as white quartz countertops from Kino Floors.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Wong graduated from the University of Waterloo with a math degree and went to work for General Electric. Later deciding his true passion was cooking, he traveled the world to learn the art. Wong opened his first restaurant, Simply Noodles, in Melbourne, Australia. Later he opened SN Asian Kitchen in Mesa, spending 15 years there. He opened Bloom after moving to Globe, where his wife was born and raised, in 2017. He said Globe’s historical downtown inspired him to open a place there.

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