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New Canaan to Get One More Option for Pizza in Town

New Canaan's fourth pizza place is set to open soon, just around the corner from one of its rivals.

Locali Pizza Bar + Kitchen is set to open it's doors right at the corner of Forest Street and Locust Avenue in the former location of Kouzina and right next to Joe's Pizza, "New Canaan's Original Pizzeria." Brought to New Canaan by the owners of Mount Kisco eatery Village Social Kitchen + Bar, Locali is touted as a "niche restaurant concept" featuring gourmet pizzas and Mediterranean small plates prepared with locally-sourced ingredients, according to a press release. 

The restaurant features a handcrafted, wood-burning oven named Giovanni "created especially for us in Italy, flown over and handcrafted by Ferrera himself here in the Locali kitchen, it is truly the Ferrari of ovens," according to co-owner Anthony Legato, and executive Chef Mogan Anthony, a recent CHOPPED competitor.

“The sense of community in New Canaan felt similar to that of Mount Kisco” says co-owner Joe Bueti about choosing New Canaan as the new home for the restaurant. “The motivation behind the new restaurant concept was not to, reinvent the proverbial wheel but instead to re-craft a classic."

Legato said the restaurant hopes to bring a specific, niche food concept to the neighborhood and be more than "just another pizza joint." 

According to the release, Neapolitan-style pizzas will range from $11 to $18, small plates will range from $5 to $18 and house wines and affordably-priced bottles and house wine carafes will be available. 
Patrick Henry October 09, 2013 at 08:04 AM
I will give them a shot, but Joe's will always be my go-to. And while it is insane that someone would look to open yet another pizza place in New Canaan, I don't think there's anything Town Planning can do to dictate what type of cuisine is served in a space zoned for a restaurant. The landlord is at "fault" here.
Ponus Rdg resident October 09, 2013 at 09:25 AM
If they are offering a thin crust pizza, it's a welcome addition. Closest option is south of 95 in Stamford. We drive to Mount Vernon for ours. Not at all same thing as Joe's. Nice people at Joe's, but not our taste. Curious though, would you all say the same thing about Salons, or home furnishings? Bet you think variety is okay there.
Bill Payer October 09, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Best pizza by far, no contest, Johnnies in Mt. Vernon.
Melissa October 10, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Actually, this place makes 5 pizza places: Joe's Pizza, New Canaan Pizza, Pinocchio Pizza and Vicolo Pizza and Pasta. We also have 5 frozen treat shops in the same area, and a 3rd grocery store coming to a location that is already "traffic and parking challenged"... what next? Target?
Lisa October 10, 2013 at 03:59 PM
I've been to their sister restaurant in Mt. Kisco and the food is amazing especially their pizzas. I'm really looking forward to trying the classic Neapolitan style pizza from that oven and the tapas. I think they'll be a great addition to New Canaan!

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