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Wood-burning oven focus of Locali Pizza Bar + Kitchen

Published 5:07 pm, Thursday, October 24, 2013
  • The principals of the soon-to-open Locali Pizza Bar & Kitchen on Forest Street in New Canaan are, from left, chef Mogan Anthony and owners Joe Bueti and Anthony Legato. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    The principals of the soon-to-open Locali Pizza Bar & Kitchen on Forest Street in New Canaan are, from left, chef Mogan Anthony and owners Joe Bueti and Anthony Legato. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Village Social Kitchen + Bar is opening a sister restaurant, Locali Pizza Bar + Kitchen, at 32 Forest St., New Canaan.

Locali is a new concept for the Village Social family, featuring a handcrafted Stefano Ferrera Neopolitan wood-­burning oven to create gourmet pizzas. Mediterranean small plates will also enhance the menu.

Locali's inspiration is to be the site and the scene, the gathering place where neighbors come together for company and conversation.

Locali's warm industrial chic decor and large patio set a friendly tone.

"The sense of community in New Canaan felt similar to that of Mount Kisco (N.Y.)," owner Joe Bueti said when asked about choosing a location for their new venture.

He and co-owner Anthony Legato wanted to bring a specific, niche food concept to the neighborhood to distinguish themselves as "not just another pizza joint," Legato said.

The Stefano Ferrera wood-­burning oven is emblazoned with the name "Giovanni," after Legato's father.

"It was created especially for us in Italy, flown over and handcrafted by Ferrera himself here in the Locali kitchen. It is truly the Ferrari of ovens," Legato said.

Legato will be collaborating with Mogan Anthony, executive chef of Village Social, on Locali's menu, focusing on the cuisine's simplicity and quality, bringing their guests back to basics with innovative flavors and ingredients.

Neapolitan-style pizzas will be prepared with fresh locally sourced ingredients and feature creative culinary twists.

Bueti said, "The motivation behind the new restaurant concept was not to reinvent the proverbial wheel, but instead to re-craft a classic."

A combination of traditional and eclectic small plates to complement the pizzas will also be featured on the menu.

Neopolitan-style pizzas will range from $11 to $18, and small plates from $5 to $18.

For information, visit www.villagesocialkb.com.