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Oct 7, 2009 10:02 AM

John's Best opening in Ridgefield

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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    1. re: wincountrygirl

      Really? Nothing wrong with the one in Norwalk.

      1. re: CTburgerlover

        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!

        1. re: CTburgerlover

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

          1. re: amanda3571

            Maybe they should just stick to the Norwalk place!

            1. re: wincountrygirl

              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.


              1. re: jfood

                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.

                1. re: wincountrygirl


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

              2. re: wincountrygirl

                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.

          2. re: wincountrygirl

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

            1. re: oprah1234

              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.

          3. 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.

            1. 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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              1. re: Eastshore

                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!!!

                1. re: wincountrygirl

                  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

                  1. re: saturngrrl

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

                    1. re: wincountrygirl

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

                2. re: Eastshore

                  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 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!!

                  1. re: jules599

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

                    1. re: Eastshore

                      JB in Norwalk is closed for now.