Bancroft Brewers on Glen Huntly Road has been sold to pizza restaurateur Tony Fazio.

The Elsternwick site was owned by Joseph Abboud (also behind Hawkers Beer, The Moor’s Head, Rumi), who leased it to restaurateurs Jason M Jones and Ramez Abdulnour to open Bancroft.

Fazio plans to open a new wood-fired pizza restaurant called La Vera Cucina on the site by June 8. The restaurant will also serve classic Italian dishes such as arancini and osso buco for winter.

Fazio has owned and worked in a number of pizza restaurants around Melbourne including Pizzeria Trina in Bentleigh, Porcino in Collingwood and Ragazzi in Middle Park.