Pat and Terry Keene, owners of the already successful and popular Artichoke Cafe in Albuquerque’s EDo neighborhood, decided in 2009 to open a pizza place next door and named it Farina. Housed in an old brick facade, it’s an excellent, cozy choice to have what many say is the perfect piece. Due to the popularity of their restaurant, they opened a second location in Northeast Heights called Farina Alto last May.
The pretty interior by Farina Alto — Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren
Gourmet pizzas with intriguing ingredients like farmer’s goat cheese, leeks and pancetta rest on a wood-fired crust baked in ovens so hot they’re charred good-for-nothing. Roasted New Mexico green chilies are an encore offered on the pizza, as is gorgonzola creme fraiche dipping sauce. But pizza isn’t the only dish on the menu.
Antipasti like the tasty meatballs are very popular, as are the salads like the hearty chopped antipasto salad, which is filled with frisee, kidney beans, salami and oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, among other things.
The menu also features other Italian staples like meatball calzones, eggplant parmesan napoleon, ravioli, and chicken piccata, to name a few. Gluten-free pizzas and pastas can also be prepared on request.
Window seats at Farina Alto — Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren
Farina Alto, the new location, offers the same great food as the EDo locationbut in a more spacious 6,500-square-foot space — three times the size of the original — along with an outdoor patio.
Both locations offer beer, wine and desserts. The owners decided to add Old the name (Italian for “above”) to this place, as it is in the higher foothills of the city near the mountains.
With a large, elegant bar and a few more menu items and special offers, Farina Alto gives its customers the opportunity to enjoy Farina in an even greater way.