Tino’s pizzeria concept was inspired by Chef, Logan Griffith’s pizza making passion and intrigue to create a traditional yet modern Neapolitan style pizza. The name Tino’s was inspired by Logan and wife Maria’s newly arrived son Constantino.
Logan and his wife Maria traveled throughout Italy and other Mediterranean cities tasting many local styles of pizza. The pizzas of the Naples region was the favorite style they experienced, made with great locally grown, fresh ingredients as well as respect to traditional brick oven cooking methods. This experience sparked the idea and excitement of introducing a modern Neapolitan style pizza to Washington, DC area where Logan and Maria had worked for years. The question remained, how and where would this vision come to life?
Upon their return from Italy, Logan reached out to his longtime friend, mentor and fellow Chef Joe McCarthy. The two classically trained chefs had worked together for several years and shared a like mind for traditional cooking methods, preparation, and respect for flavor authenticity. They both agreed it was a must to utilize the freshest locally grown ingredients available, in conjunction with authentic imported San Marzano tomatoes and high protein flours. For the next several months they collaborated to define the concept, source ingredients and test dough making skills with the goal of bringing Tino’s pizza to life. After a wide search of Washington, the two Chefs decided Cleveland Park was the ideal location to introduce their new pizza flavors and style.