Carbondale pizzeria opens in Glenwood |

Carbondale pizzeria opens in Glenwood

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A popular Carbondale pizzeria for 27 years, Peppino’s Pizza, has fired up the ovens at the former Russo’s and Spagnolo’s location in the Van Rand Center on Grand Avenue.

“We made some changes and opened up last Thursday,” said Carol Bruno, co-owner of Peppino’s with her husband Kurt Trede.

“We know a lot of people in Glenwood Springs and some of our customers from Carbondale have moved downvalley,” she said. “They’ve been asking us to come down there for years.”

As the Carbondale location is a popular lunchtime stop for local high school students there, the new location right next to Glenwood Springs High School should be a boon as well.

“The kids are figuring out that we’re here now, and it’s a nice option for them to not have to drive somewhere,” she said. “It’s been good to get to know some new faces.”

Trede and Bruno are no strangers to Glenwood Springs, either. She used to live in Glenwood, and Trede opened the original Mancinelli’s with Mike White on 6th Street several years ago.

Bruno said she’s not too worried about the same economic factors that led to Spagnolo’s on-again, off-again demise last year affecting business at the new Peppino’s location.

“We’re not going to be in this recession forever, and someone has to start making some positive moves,” she said.

“You don’t walk into something like this and expect it to go nuts the first day,” she also said, noting that Trede opened Peppino’s during the mid-1980s recession.

The Glenwood location has the same menu as the Carbondale pizzeria, including pizza by the slice or by the pie, and a variety of hot and cold submarine and deli-style sandwiches.

While Spagnolo’s closed at the end of last year after just seven months in business, Russo’s operated for several years in the Grand Avenue location. Russo’s closed that location early last year, but still maintains its Glenwood Meadows restaurant.

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