By TAYLOR HARTZ
John Pucci, owner of popular downtown pizza restaurant The Fire Place, has been serving up wood fired pizza on Center Street for 10 years.
With more than 20 specialty pizzas on their menu, The Fire Place has been featured in Hartford Magazine’s list of Top 50 pizzas in the state, and has won Best Pizza in Southington from several local newspapers nearly every year they’ve been in business.
“Being in downtown surrounded by other great restaurants and shops has really paid off,” said Pucci, who began the family-owned establishment in November 2005 and said he benefits from the central location.
Pucci said he knew that community support would be key when opening a family-run business and hoped his hometown would be the perfect place to open shop.
“I have lived in Southington my entire life and love everything it has to offer,” he said.
Pucci said the most rewarding parts of his first decade in business has been working with a team who has been with him since his start, and seeing regular customers come back year after year.
His favorite thing to hear is that Southington his customers “enjoy coming to a comfortable place where they can see familiar faces and enjoy a night out in town.”
To celebrate their success, Pucci said they will continue expanding and improving their menu and dining experience.
Recent renovations and a brand new website have been a focus for Pucci, hoping to launch the restaurant into a second successful decade.
Daily food and drink specials will accompany their extensive menu of sandwiches, salads, wings, and their even longer tap room list, to accompany their unique specialties like “The Italian Taco” and mashed potato pizza.