San Gennaro offers authentic brick oven pizza

Published on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 21:34


BRISTOL - San Gennaro Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza and Ristorante has been a local staple of the restaurant scene - offering casual, upscale Italian dining and authentic, hand-tossed brick oven pizza for the past seven years.

San Gennaro, located at 22 East Main St., Forestville, was founded in 2011 and is owned by Manny Walia. The restaurant offers daily lunch specials, homemade soups, fresh pasta dishes, hand-crafted specialty salads and an array of appetizers.

The restaurant strives to make guests feel “welcome and comfortable,” according to its website.

“Our décor is soft and inviting with warm colors and background music,” said Walia on the restaurant’s website. “Our interior is made up of three distinct areas, our fireplace room where you can enjoy the charm of our brick oven and even watch our pizza chefs toss the dough and make the pizza, our main dining room with a rustic brick wall and tray ceiling and our terrace room with a glass ceiling and walls and a wrap-around bench for larger parties of up to twelve.”

Some popular menu items include calzones and grinders “made any way you like with quality ingredients,” said Walia on the website. The restaurant offers after dinner options including desserts, coffee, tea, cappuccino and espresso.

San Gennaro has received The Bristol Press “Best of Bristol” awards in 2014 and 2015 and currently enjoys a 4.4 out of 5 stars rating on Google reviews, with 83 reviews submitted. The following are a couple excerpts from satisfied customers.

Taylor Tanner writes:

“Best Buffalo Pizza. It’s off the chain. I literally can’t recreate this mouthwatering pizza anywhere. I’ve tried to consume all of the buffalo in the state, believe me. It all boiled down to one Buffalo pizza I can’t stop dreaming about - perfect amount of sauce to chicken to bread ratio. I’d marry this pizza if I wasn’t going to eat it.”

Mark Panus writes:

“Not only do they have phenomenal pizza but excellent appetizers and entrees as well. Manny and Tony are consistent in providing exceptional customer service, making it obvious that they care about their reputation and customer satisfaction. Without a doubt this is one of the best Italian-style pizza locations in the area. Give them a try, you’ll be back for more.”

For more information on San Gennaro, including the menu, call 860-261-7791 or visit

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Central CT Chamber of Commerce, General Business, on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 21:34. Updated: Tuesday, 20 February 2018 21:37.