a better pizza, everyday
Each morning, Jon Goldsmith walks the four blocks from home to Spacca Napoli. As he greets the day, he greets the dough. A certified pizzaiuolo, Jon embraces being part of the guild, the lifelong process of training for an artisan who lives in service of making pizza. A communicator and facilitator, food and community are at the heart of his work. Regular travels to Italy allow him to serve as a translator of his experiences abroad, and he brings that deep knowledge and passion to every dish.
the art of soul
Ginny Sykes, Jon’s partner in life and food, works from her studio upstairs. Her hand can be seen in the art and soul of the restaurant. Beyond her own works, she believes Spacca Napoli is a place to show and support art and culture. Lithographs and crafts, furniture and material culture, Spacca Napoli brings the spirit of Italy into everything they do—people, relationships and an Italian-infused cultural exchange to Chicago.
Building more than a restaurant
Together, they’ve built Spacca Napoli on the power of being open to experiences, the serendipity of asking a question, the belief that a restaurant must be about more than food. After first visiting Italy on their honeymoon, Jon and Ginny returned with their young daughter Sarah for an artist’s residency. Ginny spent her days painting while Jon cared for Sarah, shopping in the markets and becoming immersed in the generosity, hospitality and simplicity of La Dolce Vita. Their love affair with Italy—the culture, food and way of life, blossomed. It wasn’t until a serendipitous flight to Italy and a longing to return again and again that the idea for a Naples-inspired pizza restaurant was born.
Read about the conversation that led to Spacca Napoli.