Hankering for a superb gourmet pie?
A gourmet family pizza restaurant held its official ribbon cutting opening this week.
Reno's Pizzeria, 89 Boston Post Road offers the discriminating pizza connoisseur pies with the freshest ingredients.
Husband and wife Stephanie and Dave Kennedy and Paul Perotti are the new owners. Dave Kennedy is a lifelong resident of Orange, Stephanie and Paul were raised in Woodbridge and all were educated at Amity.
Reno's is located in the former Clark's Dairy building.
Dave had been a partner at Carminuccio's in Newtown. Carminuccio's restaurant has been written up in 'The Road Food Book' and Gourmet Magazine both as a 'best' place to eat.
It is also known as one of the 10 top pizzas joints in Connecticut.
The pies are an authentic Italian style.
"I was taught in Newtown by my partner who came from Italy. He had the original Salerno's here in Orange," Dave said.
It took nearly a year to get the building ready. The building was completely gutted to the studs. There is a new kitchen, new décor, booths and tables even new windows.
Much of the work was done in-house.
The new owners said they pride themselves on using only the finest ingredients.
"We use only the freshest ingredients and roast our own vegetables onsite," Stephanie said.
"I was taught to use only the freshest ingredients, the best tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes, finest cheese and very fresh vegetables," Dave said.
"We pride ourselves on doing everything by hand. We make our own sauce and meatballs too.
We don't want to be a $5.99 large cheese pizza restaurant," Dave said.
"Our goal is a quality gourmet pizza that's reasonably priced in a family setting," Dave said.
Co-owner, Paul Perotti said the restaurant offers something for everyone. "There is a kids menu as well and we serve soups, salads and specialty sandwiches".
Pies are sold in two sizes; individual and large. In addition to the traditional pies, specialty pies such as the Post Road Special, BBQ chicken, Buffalo chicken are just a few and patrons can even build their own edible creation.
Dave said the name of the restaurant was an easy decision. It was named after his grandfather, Reno.
"My grandfather purchased the property many years ago and we named the pizzeria as a tribute to him. Although he's not here it's nice to name the restaurant after him. His foresight to buy this property allowed us to open," he said.
Although the restaurant has only been open a short time customers are already making repeat visits.
"If we're good to people, give them the best quality they will appreciate it and come back," Paul said.
And they thank them for that. "The community support has been overwhelming and we greatly appreciate it," they all said.