Lunching At "The Fire Place" Wood Fired Pizza
Today's journey took me to The Fire Place Wood Fired Pizza and Tap Room on Center Street in downtown Southington Connecticut. After an afternoon antiquing in nearby Plantsville, I was ready for some dynamite wood fired pizza . Owner John Pucci welcomed me into his four year old restaurant and proudly took me on a tour while my "Classic Margherita" pizza was being made.
Located in a 100 Year Old Building
Like a proud father showing off pictures of the kids, John pulled out a photo album and showed me how he and his dad transformed this 100 year old building into an upscale trendy restaurant. Once home to a cap and hat store and than bootery, this charming old building was completely gutted and re-designed.
Re-Purposing Architectural Elements
The best part of the transformation is that John and his dad were able to salvage many of the architectural elements of the building and incorporate them in the new restaurant. The tables were made from the ceiling beams; the exposed brick wall was uncovered after the plaster was removed and many of the vintage signs found buried in the basement have been framed and mounted throughout the restaurant.
Meet The Polar Plunge Group in The Tap Room
The Tap Room was hopping even though it was late in the afternoon. It seems that a group of charitable folks were coming back from the Fifth Annual Polar Plunge at Camp Sloper, a fundraiser to provide camp scholarships.
Plenty of Ales and Specialty Pizza
There were a lot of smiling diners warming up with 18 beers on tap, wood fired wings, wood fired specialty pizza, personal T.V's and friendly experienced waitstaff. While I dined in The Tap Room, the restaurant has a large dining room as well as outdoor seasonal dining.
Wood Fired Wings are popular.....check out Spicy Fired Wings, Smoke House Wings, Fiery Buffalo Wings and more. Specialty Pizza include CB and Bacon, Buffalo Chicken, Veggie, Brooklyn Bridge, Honey Barbecue, South Philly, Verde, Shrimp Scampi, Quattro, Zucchini and more.
My Margherita pizza arrived promptly and it was magnificent. Fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, basil over tomato sauce with a perfect crust. Move over New Haven...the best pizza may actually be in Southington!
The Fire Place
44 Center Street
Southington, CT 06489
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