Before anyone gets into any sort of celebratory mood, let's first get on the same page when it comes to a proper Neapolitan-styled pizza, which is what Nick's New Haven-styled pie is all about. Though the variant in Connecticut has transmogrified over the years in the Italian-American community, their apizza (pronounced "a-beets") dough, a 20-year-old jealously guarded secret, follows the basic principles of the Neapolitan's pie-building block. A right combination of yeast, flour, and salt yields the perfect balance of crisp and chew when primed in the catalyst of the coal ovens.
Just the right amount of sauce, cheese, and toppings that never, ever, under any circumstances veers into the SUV-sized proportions of your more vulgar pies rounds out this simple yet elegant pizza. That's New Haven-style, and Nick's Pizzeria & Bar has been serving it with a smile to the good people of Boca Raton since its "Dragons," the affectionate nomenclature of its coal ovens, first fired up in 2011. Now in a bout of common sense, they have brought it down south to Coral Springs.
That's how you know you're dealing with un Napolitano verissimo.
While the restaurant unofficially opened their doors last month on the 16th, it is today that they'll enjoy the full regalia of a grand opening party and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Owner's Nick Laudano and Anthony Giovanniello are sure proud of their eatery and their uniqueness in the area's pizza offerings. "We are very grateful for the success we've had in Boca Raton and are excited to have been able to bring our concept to Coral Springs," says Giovanniello. "Nick's is unlike anything in the area and is a great addition to the family-oriented community."
Starting at 6 p.m., guests will be able to enjoy complimentary cocktails, house wine, tap beers and an assortment of light bites from their large menu. This new locale sits 200 plus and has a covered patio and is open Monday through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from noon to ten p.m.
To keep in look and atmosphere with the Boca Raton restaurant, Laudano and Giovanniello have again counted on the work of designer Karen Hanlon who is responsible for the nostalgic-without-kitsch feel that retains the level of seriousness you want in a pair restaurateurs who take pride in their work. "We take our pizza very seriously and the product speaks for itself," said Laudano. "Our dough recipe has been perfected over the course of 20 years."
A Family Fun Day, with free pizza, a balloon artist, a photo booth, a DJ and face painting will be held on Saturday, July 19th from 1 to 3 p.m.
The restaurant encourages you to RSVP for both events at [email protected] or by calling 855-525-2899.