NEW CANAAN — The owners of Spiga - a new Italian restaurant in New Canaan - plan to offer customers not just the taste of Italy, but an appeal to their other senses as well. Fresh pasta being made in front of diners and a salumeria or Italian deli where specialty meats and cheese can be bought by the pound will all be part of the experience of dining at Spiga, according to its owners Dan Camporeale, and Gennaro Racanelli. The two men, along with partners Alex Racanelli and Rose Dione, plan to open their newest restaurant at 136 Main St., on Aug. 1. The group also owns Molto in Fairfield and Lugano in Greenwich.

The two men sat in the midst of the construction now being completed in the large restaurant space, which was formerly occupied by the restaurant Barolo. A large illuminated bar will be one of the focuses of the new restaurant, they said, with the deli on the street side. Diners at Spiga will be treated to specialty pizzas with unusual toppings, all baked in a brick oven, as well as fresh pasta made all day long. “Desserts will be fresh - made in house,” Camporeale said.

For him, the total dining experience is as important as the food. “It will be a show,” he said, “ there will be a lot to see.”

Both men agreed that good food, good service and moderate prices are what makes a restaurant successful. They ought to know; Racanelli opened his first restaurant, Pizza and Brew in White Plains in 1971, which is still operating, and has opened about 25 restaurants since then, he said. Plus for 10 years before that, he was in the Italian deli business. Camporeale has been in the restaurant business for about 15 years. Their restaurants have operated in Westchester County and Long Island as well as Connecticut.

They chose New Canaan for their newest venture, which is a bit different than their other restaurants, because they thought the restaurant would be a popular addition in town. “We like this area; they don’t have anything like this restaurant here,” Racanelli said.

“It’s also important to keep up with the times,” Camporeale added.

Spiga will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., the men said.

Racanelli invited New Canaanites and others to sample their newest restaurant. “Come and see us. Come and try it,” he said.