PLAINVILLE - Formaggio Apizza Ristorante is closing Sunday, with plans to renovate and reopen under new management as The Twisted Oak in mid-January.
The restaurant, at 1244 Meriden Ave., formerly owned by Noreen Derocco, has been bought by Brad Brandon, who moved to the area from Minnesota with his family.
Brandon said chef Ace Memeti and his award-winning pizza will remain the focus of the business, but the menu will be expanded.
“The new restaurant will be family owned and operated and it will have a light industrial look,” said Brandon.
Derocco met with Brandon last week to make the change of management official. She said that she is also the owner of the Gold Roc Diner in West Hartford and a plaza in Naugatuck and that she needed to focus on her other investments.
“I enjoyed my time at Formaggio these past four years and I’m hoping that Southington will get behind the new restaurant,” she said. “It will still have the same good pizza made by Chef Ace. I still plan to pop in every now and then and say hello.”
Memeti also spoke about his time working with Derocco.
“The four years I’ve worked at Formaggio with Noreen have been the best four years of my life,” he said. “I learned so much from her from a business aspect and even some cooking skills. I think she has a lot on her plate and that the decision she made was what was best for her. I wish her good luck. While her leaving is said because we created so many memories at Formaggio I’m super-excited to make new memories at The Twisted Oak.”
Memeti also said that customers will still be able to enjoy their favorite pizzas at The Twisted Oak along with some new ideas.
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