NEWINGTON - Valentineâ€™s Day marked history in Newington with the opening of the first Connecticut location of Artichoke Basilleâ€™s Pizza.
The new business had a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday and members of the Newington Chamber of Commerce as well as other Artichoke franchise officials took part in the event.
Artichoke Basilleâ€™s Pizza is located at 2391 Berlin Turnpike and Matthew Rusconi is the Connecticut franchisee for the food establishment.
â€śI couldnâ€™t be more thrilled to be working with the Artichoke pizza franchise,â€ť Rusconi said. â€śIâ€™m so excited to be in Newington. Always our best partner is the community. Our goal here is to provide a place for great pizza, first of all, which is why I got involved, a great atmosphere, lunch, dinner, and some of the late night too. We hope to have some karaoke and do some fun things here. I believe Newington is a central location for Connecticut. Thereâ€™s a lot of traffic, itâ€™s a great town. What better place to introduce the brand to Connecticut than in Newington.â€ť
Artichoke Basilleâ€™s Pizza menu includes slices and 18-inch whole pies. The restaurantâ€™s pizza varieties include artichoke, Basille regular, pepperoni, white, Sicilian margherita, Sicillian vodka, margherita, meatball parmigiana, crab and Staten Island. The menu also includes non-pizza items such as meatballs and ricotta, meatball rolls, calzones, garlic sticks, garlic knots and salads.
The restaurant also has a full bar and has a partnership with Alvarium Beer of New Britain.
â€śWe are working with the Alvarium Beer Company. We are actually getting their beer on tap. We are very excited to showcase local breweries as well.â€ť
The restaurant also has a piano, available for anyone to play while visiting.
â€śWe are excited that Artichoke Basilleâ€™s Pizza has selected Newington for their first Connecticut franchise,â€ť Pete Forcellina, executive director of the Newington Chamber of Commerce, said. â€śWe think they are in a really good position to do very well here.â€ť
Rusconi said the building is leased, but it was built and designed specifically for Artichoke Basilleâ€™s Pizza. The building, which has bricks inside, was designed to provide a New York feel.
Rusconi is also the owner of seven Moeâ€™s Southwest Grill franchises across Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Artichoke Basilleâ€™s Pizza offers delivery. Orders can be placed online through DoorDash, Uber Eats or GrubHub. Orders can also by placed by calling the restaurant at 860-785-8329 or through ArtichokePizza.com.
Artichoke Basilleâ€™s Pizza is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.