CHESHIRE — The former site of Sweetpea has become home to another restaurant with a diverse menu, this time with a focus on pizza.
“I always wanted to do my own thing, and then I found this place in the perfect spot,” said Ermel Idrovo, of Wallingford, who opened Anthony’s Pizzeria and Deli with his wife, Nohely Montalvo, on April 19.
The restaurant, 912 S. Main St., has a focus on pizzas, which are Idrovo’s favorite food to make, but it also features wraps, salads, pasta, and breakfast fare like belgian waffles and omelettes. There’s quite a few interesting dishes mixed in, such as “The Rodeo,” a pizza with short ribs, amber ale cheese sauce, Wisconsin cheddar and scallions, or “The Bobcat,” a wrap with chicken cutlet, penne vodka and mozzarella.
“I try to use the best ingredients in the food,” said Idrovo, 32, who has been cooking professionally for 14 years. “As soon as they try it, that’s it.”
His talent appears to be paying off: he said they’re already seeing return customers and have been getting positive feedback.
“That’s good news for the town,” said Cheshire Economic Development Coordinator Jerry Sitko. “It’s encouraging to see this kind of thing happen in Cheshire. The more choice residents have in Cheshire, the better.”
He was happy to see the family take the place of Sweetpea, which closed in January. Idrovo said he saw the opportunity to move in while his own former workplace, Pepe and Rose Pizzeria, in Branford, was being sold, prompting an interest to open his own restaurant.
Sitko said the town is a welcoming place for restaurants, as locals crave a good meal. “If you put together a good product at a good price, people will find you,” he said.
“It’s only been open a week and it’s already been highly recommended,” said patron Michelle Celentano. “The pizzas are delicious.”