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John's Best opening in Ridgefield

hungrykids Oct 7, 2009 10:02 AM

New sign up on the former Ridgefield Pizza restaurant on Rte. 7 just south of Rte. 35 says that it will be "John's Best Pizza."

Didn't see a projected opening date and didn't have time to stop.

Anyone know anything?

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    wincountrygirl RE: hungrykids Oct 8, 2009 12:41 PM

    One word - yuck

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      CTburgerlover RE: wincountrygirl Oct 8, 2009 01:15 PM

      Really? Nothing wrong with the one in Norwalk.

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        wincountrygirl RE: CTburgerlover Oct 8, 2009 02:50 PM

        Actually, I have heard the one in Norwalk was ok. The one in Mt. Kisco was not. One thing that always drove me crazy, too, was that no matter what you ordered, they garnished it with a piece of fruit. Go figure!

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          amanda3571 RE: CTburgerlover Oct 8, 2009 04:45 PM

          Nope nothing wrong with the one in Norwalk. The one in Westport, however....

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            wincountrygirl RE: amanda3571 Oct 8, 2009 04:59 PM

            Maybe they should just stick to the Norwalk place!

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              jfood RE: wincountrygirl Oct 9, 2009 05:38 AM

              Just continue north up 123 and go to Joe's in New Canaan. Way better and an extra 5 minute drive from the south. Jfood loves the place (especially the bacon and tomato pizza) and the owner, Lorenzo, (son of Joe) will do anything within his power to make you a combination you will love. They go as far as roastingtheir own pepper for the the store made sauce. Everything made on premises.


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                wincountrygirl RE: jfood Oct 9, 2009 05:58 AM

                Sounds great! I love bacon on pizza!! Restaurant 121 in North Salem makes me the combo I love - double smoked bacon, caramelized onions and truffle oil. I will have to check this place out.

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                  jfood RE: wincountrygirl Oct 9, 2009 06:40 AM


                  To manage your expectation if you are driving. It is primarily a take-away with a counter with a few seats, no tables.

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                    wincountrygirl RE: jfood Oct 10, 2009 05:24 AM

                    Thanks Jfood

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                amanda3571 RE: wincountrygirl Oct 11, 2009 07:00 AM

                The Norwalk outpost is packed every weekend, the line was out the door on Friday night. And the girl who works the takeout counter there has probably the most superb customer service skills I have ever seen. A lot of execs I know could take a cue from her.

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            oprah1234 RE: wincountrygirl Jul 25, 2010 12:43 PM

            John's best ridgefield opened July 2010............. your comment dated Oct 7, 2009???????

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              jfood RE: oprah1234 Jul 25, 2010 01:18 PM

              if you continue reading the other posts you will see this relates to the mt kisco location and there is also a norwalk location that is mentioned. there is a whole thread on sonic opening in the area prior to opening.

              chowhounds try to get ahead of the curve and winecountrygirl is one of the best at finding new and untested places.

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            jvaum RE: hungrykids Jan 1, 2010 02:51 PM

            I see the signs are up at John's Best in Ridgefield. Anyone have an idea when they are due to open? From the signs, it looks to be more like the Westport location instead of the Norwalk location on RTE 123. That would be a little disappointing since I really think that Norwalk one is superior.

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              Eastshore RE: hungrykids Jun 19, 2010 12:19 AM

              I grew up on John's Best on Westport Ave, and the John's Best in Norwalk rocks too.
              I'm hoping that the Ridgefield location is or will be open in August since I'm setting up a meeting place for a bunch of us going to see a concert there . The food is always great, too much for one person and the prices are great! Sorry wincountrygirl, but most disagree with you.

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                wincountrygirl RE: Eastshore Jun 19, 2010 01:37 PM

                I hear better things about the outposts in Connecticut. The one in Bedford Hills was awful. And they garnished everything, and I mean EVERYTHING with fruit - an orange slice. Tell me where that fits chicken parm!!!

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                  saturngrrl RE: wincountrygirl Jun 19, 2010 02:19 PM

                  There's a John's Best here in Brookfield, CT, and another one up in New Milford. It's not HORRIBLE, but it's nothing special or interesting at all. I prefer Rocco's and La Famiglia in general. But, I gotta be honest: This area is SO oversaturated with middle-of-the-road Italian/pizza joints and none of them really stands out.

                  The only true stand-out pizza in the area (so far) is Carminuccio's in Newtown on Route 25. Really well-done thin crust, outstanding taste and lots of good toppings -- including BACON! ;-)

                  Rocco's Restaurant & Pizza
                  Brookfield Shoppingctr, Brookfield, CT 06804

                  Carminuccio's Pizza
                  76 S Main St, Newtown, CT 06470

                  La Famiglia
                  317 Federal Rd Ste E, Brookfield, CT 06804

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                    wincountrygirl RE: saturngrrl Jul 6, 2010 03:38 AM

                    I love bacon on pizza. They make that for me at 121 in North Salem.

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                      jfood RE: wincountrygirl Jul 6, 2010 04:09 AM

                      totally agree. the bacon and tomato at Joe's in New Canaan is one of Jfood's go-to pizzas.

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                  jules599 RE: Eastshore Jul 5, 2010 08:02 PM

                  The new John's Best is open...I ate there tonight...On the way home from visitng family..I used to go to the one in Bedford..This one was better..pizza was great and loved the fried calamari..the staff was nice and they have a small bar where you can have a glass of wine.thumbs up!!

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                    Eastshore RE: jules599 Jul 26, 2010 11:02 PM

                    Thanks for the info jules599, I'm glad to hear all was good as well!

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                      Jett456 RE: Eastshore Aug 6, 2010 10:08 AM

                      JB in Norwalk is closed for now.

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