|Al Forno's new owners prep for summer posted on 06/01/2021|
As one of the new owners of Al Forno Mount Hood Pizzeria in
Rhododendron, Robin Klein credits her predecessor, Stephen Ferruzza, for
building a successful restaurant. Klein noted the excellent food, nice decor
and the pizza’s reputation among a solid following of locals and visitors
“We’re really really grateful that we have the opportunity
to acquire this business,” Klein said. “I love it.”
Klein, who has worked at the restaurant for the past few
years, noted that the new ownership is not going to change much, keeping the
same menu and recipes, but she does plan on a few smaller tweaks. The menu will
expand with a pear pizza and will also offer most dishes as prepared or with
“We’re able to maintain the authenticity,” Klein said.
“We’re not really trying to change too much.”
She also added that the restaurant has an expanded back
patio and will be adding a new pizza oven this month, which will help keep
hungry customers happy.
Klein and her partner Robis Marks took over at the end of
last summer, and despite entering the business during the pandemic, Klein
reported that things went fairly well. Their fortitude was tested with the
September wildfires and the harsh winter weather, which included the wind storm
that wrecked their tent covering the patio.
Klein added that in the future they hope to add some music
and other entertainment, building on the feeling of community in Rhododendron.
“We’re excited about the summer,” she said. “I think the
community right there in Rhody is going to be special.”
Al Forno Ferruzza is located at 73285 E. Hwy. 26 in
Rhododendron. Hours of operation are from 4-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and
noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit
By Garth Guibord/MT