By Lisa Capobianco
Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza on Center Street now has a new owner and a new name.
Frank LaRosa, a restaurant broker and specialist, recently took over ownership of Randy’s Wooster Street pizza on 131 Center Street, across from Paul Gregory’s. He changed the name to Brixx Pizza Kitchen, adding a delivery service and changing the décor.
“I want to offer good products and a good atmosphere to fellow residents in town,” said LaRosa, who purchased the property in mid-October.
LaRosa previously developed and owned Quinn’s Tavern in Plantsville and the Fire Place Restaurant. Well known for his knowledge of consumer trends, LaRosa also played a role in the relocation of several eateries. Restaurants in town that LaRosa has represented as a restaurant broker include Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza, Beijing, Ponderosa Steak House, The Carousel, Nardelli’s, Pepper Jack’s, and Puket Cafe.
“I like the action of it. It never gets boring,” said LaRosa, the owner of Alliant Restaurant Brokers, LLC. “No two days are alike.”
LaRosa knew he wanted to work in the restaurant business since high school. After high school, he enrolled in Buffets, Inc., where he underwent corporate training in San Diego and Minneapolis to learn the ins and outs of restaurant management.
“I have always had an interest in the social scene,” LaRosa said. “I love the excitement, the speed and the employees.”
LaRosa’s new restaurant will feature New Haven style brick oven pizza, stuffed breads, wings, grinders and appetizers. Popular pizza flavors include Chicken Cordon Bleu and the Tomato Bomb, topped with tomato, bacon and garlic with olive oil. Specials include all you can eat pizza and wings on Mondays. Daily LaRosa serves also “Bronx Rolls,” which include flavors like chicken parmigiana. LaRosa said he wants to ensure that customers receive high quality pizza in hurry, especially since his restaurant will offer a delivery service.
LaRosa also said he enjoys his location at Center Street, which provides a great downtown feel without the hustle and bustle. Currently, LaRosa has six chefs, including a head pizza chef known for his freestyle dough tossing in the World Pizza Games competition during the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. Joe Arcangelo, now the head pizza chef at Brixx, has previous experience at several restaurants, including Michael’s Trattoria in Wallingford where he learned the ins and outs of Italian cuisine.
“Pizza was something that I picked up along the way,” Arcangelo said, while tossing dough in the air.