SOUTHINGTON — A lunch, dinner and pizza restaurant plans to replace the former Formaggio’s Apizza on Meriden Avenue.
Mike Truss, a chef, and his wife Meeghan Truss are renovating the building at 1244 Meriden Ave. They plan to open Craft Kitchen, a restaurant specializing in local, fresh and scratch-made dishes.
“Specialties will include fresh pastas, house cured and smoked meats, hand stretched mozzarella, hand tossed brick oven specialty pizza and of course legendary catering,” Mike Truss said.
It’s the second recent attempt to reopen the restaurant.
Late last year, Brad Brandon, a Burlington resident, said he’d take over the restaurant from Norine Derocco who also owns Goldroc Diner in West Hartford. She’d owned Formaggio’s but said last year that she’s looking to focus on other businesses. Derocco couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday.
Brandon planned to change the name to The Twisted Oak as part of a larger rebranding of the restaurant.
Formaggio was open for four years, winning awards for its pizza before Brandon made an offer to Derocco for the business. Chef Ace Memetti had planned to be the chef at The Twisted Oak.
According to the town Building Department, no plans were submitted under The Twisted Oak name and permits never granted. Mike Truss said a deal between Brandon and Derocco fell through.
Plans for Craft Kitchen are under review by building officials.
Mike Truss said his grandfather ran the Truss Farm on Pine Street. Mike Truss, who studied culinary arts, has worked as a chef in Boston and California before returning to Connecticut. He’s looking to put a “field fresh” spin on his dishes.
Mike Truss ran Napoli Cafe in Plantsville.