Bravo NY Pizza, a New York pizzeria in New Milford
NEW MILFORD — Blair Toci grew up in the pizza business. He opened his first pizzeria at age 18.
Now a seasoned businessman of 46 with five restaurants in New York City and Phoenix, Toci has opened Bravo NY Pizza at 358 Danbury Road (Route 7) in New Milford.
“My father had pizzerias, so I grew up in the business with dough in my hand, as they say,” Toci said from his New Milford pizzeria near New Milford High School.
Toci and his brother are partners in the Arizona restaurant and golfers who enjoy playing courses around the country. Last year they came to New Milford to play Candlewood Valley Golf Course.
“There were no restaurants open in the town, it seemed,” Toci said. “It was a Monday. I saw this building across the road from the golf course was for rent, and I decided to open a sixth pizzeria here, change things up in the town. We’re open seven days a week.”
Still living in Brooklyn, N.Y., Toci brings fresh ingredients from the city daily for his pizzas and Italian dishes. Meats are baked, not fried. Prices are reasonable, with a small, 12-inch pizza starting at $7.75 or $8.75 for a vodka sauce and fresh mozzarella pie. Large 16-inch pizzas start at $16.50.
“I don’t look to get rich overnight,” Toci said. “Churches, schools get 10 percent off.”
Pizza is offered by the slice. Calzones, wraps, footlong grinders and Philly steak sandwiches offer a quick bite, while baked dishes like lasagna and manicotti provide a more complete meal.
While the pace at the New Milford pizzeria is slower than at his restaurants in the Bronx or Brooklyn, there are periods where business is brisk, he said. By word of mouth, Bravo NY Pizza is developing a following, Toci said.
The workers from Candlewood Valley Motors down the road from Bravo NY Pizza have discovered the pizzeria and order lunch delivered frequently.
“We like it a lot,” said Korrie Domaine, a dispatcher. “It’s good quality food. Delivery comes quickly. The guys love the garlic knots that come with the pizza. I stopped in to get a menu and the owner was great. We decided to give it a shot and now are regulars.”
Bill Jacquemin’s real estate office is nearby as well. At first, he stopped in for the convenience.
“And I stumbled across something good,” Jacquemin said. “The taste of it, the freshness of it, the variety. The gourmet pizzas are delicious. They’re friendly and outgoing. Something you don’t always find.”
Bravo NY Pizza, 358 Danbury Road (Route 7 South), New Milford is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and to 10 p.m. for spring/summer hours on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Catering offered. Call 860-799-6752.