WALLINGFORD — Ken and Diane Minervini are used to being recognized for their family’s 77-year-old pizza business.
“Sometimes we would be on vacation and no matter where we go if they hear our name and they are from Connecticut, they always know,” Diane Minervini said.
Minervini’s Pizza, established in 1939, has previously had locations in New Haven, North Haven, East Haven, Branford, and Orange. The new restaurant in Wallingford, at 73 Quinnipiac St., opened this week and is the only location still owned by the family, who say it is the brand’s “final destination.”
“This is it until we retire,” Diane Minervini said.
The restaurant offers a New Haven-style thin crust pizza with all fresh ingredients.
“I’m just trying to bring some great pizza to the area,” Ken Minervini said. “I’m hoping people will enjoy our pizza.”
One of their more popular items is the white clam pizza, which uses fresh clams they shuck on site. Ken Minervini said he goes through upwards of eight bushels of clams a week, which he shucks himself.
The restaurant was formerly located along Route 5 near Krauszer’s, however the family wanted a more visible location downtown. After buying the property, the family invested about $40,000 to remodel the interior, which took several months.
The restaurant offers dine-in, take-out and delivery options. Those dining in can bring their own alcoholic beverages.
Economic Development Specialist Tim Ryan said he was happy to see another business move downtown. “When a vacancy in downtown is filled it’s typically good news and this is no exception,” Ryan said. “There was a fair amount of excitement and energy around the anticipation of their opening and that’s always good because it means they have a following.”
The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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