PLAINVILLE - Plainville Pizza re-opened Monday at the former location of The Red Zone on West Main Street, with the popular family-owned restaurant now being passed on to Marika Ntrekos, daughter of the previous owners.
Melody Tiniakos and her husband, John, who previously owned Plainville Pizza before it closed in 2011, were eager to see the return of Plainville Pizza as a family-friendly restaurant at 54 West Main St.
They previously ran The Red Zone bar at the same location, but admitted that the bar life was not for them.
The family had also owned a pizza restaurant for 13 years in New Britain and pizza had always been their passion.
“Our customers have always liked our crunchy crust and our sauce,” said Melody Tiniakos. “We’re not an overly thick pizza and we’re not so thin that everything falls off - we’re somewhere in the middle.”
Tiniakos said that one of the most popular pizzas at Plainville Pizza is their Buffalo chicken and another favorite is their garlic chicken white pizza. The restaurant also sells appetizers, burgers and 50 varieties of wings.
“People who had been coming to us for years are excited to see us come back bigger, better and stronger,” said Melody Tiniakos.
Ntrekos said that it feels “really good” to be taking the reins.
“I grew up with the first Plainville Pizza,” she said. “I started helping out there when I was 11 years old. We have already started to get phone calls for pickup and delivery; a lot of our old customers remained loyal and are coming back to us.”
Director of Planning and Economic Development Mark Devoe said he is glad to see the restaurant return both for the sake of the town’s economy and because he enjoyed dining at the previous establishment.
“Yep, it’s back; just like how I remembered it,” he said as he bit into a slice of pizza that had been brought out to celebrate the Grand Opening. “I have always liked the food here and I’m glad to have it back. I never abandoned them anyway; I stuck with them at the bar because they always put out a good product.”
Sen. Henri Martin came to the restaurant for the first time and said he was eager to give the food a try. He also presented the restaurant owners with a citation on behalf of the General Assembly.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.