BRIDGMAN — Emma Hearth & Market offers an abundance of unique pizzas, deli items and other organic delicacies for customers to take home.
The restaurant and market opened on Sept. 15 at 9709 Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman.
Pizza is “our bread-and-butter” said Steve Zieverink, who owns the business with his wife, Wendy Uhlman.
The menu offers many speciality pies including Margarita, Classic Pepperoni, Fungi Madness, Prosciutto Parma, Caprese, Seasonal Italian Greens, and The Nonna (the Emma Hearth & Market website notes the pizzas are “inspired by our Italian Nonna Emma and her Southern Italy Calabrian roots”). They can be ordered in Roman (thin crust with a leopard edge) or Altaglio style (deep dish style as made by Nonna Emma and sold by the slice or as a whole pie).
“We make all or own sausage here … we make our own meatballs. Everything here is pretty much made by scratch – we mix all the dough by hand,” Zieverink said.
He said sandwiches for lunch have really caught on (the menu includes Zia Cheech, Zi Carmelo, Caprese, and he said a new Italian Roast Beef was introduced). Salads also are available.
“We’re starting to get into handmade pastas and raviolis. We have arancini (risotto rice balls) that are always on the menu,” Zieverink noted.
The expansive market portion of Emma Hearth & Market is full of everything from Palazzolo’s Gelato (made in Fennville,Mich.), organic Spanish Roja Garlic, cheeses and uncured meats to Infusco Coffee, smoked whitefish from Door County, Wisc., and fresh-baked Italian cookies and desserts. Many beverages are offered including Fruitbelt sodas and expresso.
Having opened in the middle of the pandemic, online ordering, delivery (of all items from Hearth and Market), carry-outs and pick-ups are at the core of what Emma Hearth & Market does.
“We wanted to have indoor seating, but we knew that it was probably going to get shut down again so we wanted our customer base to get used to us being a carry-out spot,” Zieverink said.
In warmer months there also is an outdoor seating area.
Zieverink and Uhlman use ingredients and toppings grown on their Live Station Farm in Coloma, an organic, specialty producer.
“We grow our tomatoes there, our peppers there, so in the summer everything is fresh,” he said. “And we buy from other farms, we support other local farms like Sower’s Purse, Wild Coyote Farm. Maple syrup made at the farm also is available at Emma Hearth & Market.
“We started out as a farm in Coloma. We were doing farmers markets and we had our food truck,” Zieverink said.
They spent several years taking the food truck at various farmer’s markets and breweries before their first restaurant opened on June 20, 2019, at 225 E. Main St. in Benton Harbor.
For more information or to place an order, call (269) 266-7250 or log on to www.hearthmarket.com.
Hours are 11 a.m.to 8 p.m. every day of the week except Monday when Emma Hearth & Market is closed.