Bloomfield Village Pizza
The Empress of Pizza- Maria Rosu
Hey you! That’s right YOU! Turn around- I’m speaking to you! Pull up a chair- I want to tell ya where to find a treasure! Yep a real “Royal” treasure! No map needed! Across from the Filley Pond Park and next to the Caruso garage in the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield, Connecticut can be found a treasure trove of out of this world culinary delights – all helmed by a beautiful sovereign – the affectionately known “Empress of Pizza” – Executive Chef Maria Rosu of Bloomfield Village Pizza. Chef Maria – is a true “world” chef with her influences coming from such countries including those of Greece, Romania and USA – her food – is fit for the royalty in all of us!!
I originally started coming to Bloomfield Village Pizza for their Pizza. As many know, I am ultra fussy over the type of pizza I enjoy- not too thin, doesn’t flop over when you pick it up, and super fresh ingredients. My usual order, a large cheese pizza. Like many food reviewers, I like to observe how my food is prepared – happily Bloomfield Village Pizza has an open air kitchen and as you know- tastier food comes from these open kitchens! So what did I observe? The dough is made fresh daily, and no ingredients go on till you order. Many pizzerias, have the Pizza dough pre made with the sauce and cheese already layered on, that’s lazy- so ultimately, you get a pre made, deflated flat, sauce soaked dough that doesn’t ever rise- NOT HERE!
At Bloomfield Village Pizza, you receive a fresh pizza dough orb, be it a small, medium or large, home-made tomato sauce is then ladled on, next comes a deluge of mozzarella, and your toppings- over 25 in all, be it pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, or even pineapple, drizzled with EVOO, and unto the pizza oven it goes. The end results- truly heavenly- in my case, right out out of the oven, a gorgeous bronze orb that is properly proudly raised, mozzarella glistens- oooie gooey deliciousness awaits inside, and the entire pizza is encircled with a delightfully moist, one inch outer crust moat – simply simply yummy – tummy “here it comes” delectable!
Many of you may know, I most recently underwent emergency open heart bypass surgery-I lived on jello and Ensure – but all I ever dreamed of for months- was the day I could get out of the hospital, head over to Bloomfield Village Pizza – and take home one of these cherished orb pizza treats! And I did!!!
Bloomfield Village Pizza is located at 34 Tunxis Avenue in Bloomfield, CT and the first thing I want you too notice when you enter the restaurant is their “Wall of Honor” – citations and proclamations presented to Chef Maria and her husband Stratos – including a Congressional Proclamation from United States Congressman John Larson, and dual Connecticut State Tributes from both Senator Eric Coleman and State Representative David Baram. In fact, every politician be they well known or “up and coming” utilize Village Pizza as “the place” for their “meet and greets”, special events, or just a “thank you party” for their constituents- you just never know who you might meet there when you pick up a pizza! The restaurant houses 15 large comfortable booths and tables at the front of the house. In the back atrium, is found a well stocked bar which seats over 30, pool tables, additional dining area and a special event hall.
Though named Bloomfield Village Pizza- I want you to take note that “The Empress” – Chef Maria does not only make Pizza- there is fine culinary delectables to be found inside. Yes – you can get hot, oh so tasty freshly made Grinders, Calzones, Club Sandwiches, burgers and the restaurants award winning “Off The Wall” Wings – but the restaurant prepares so much more! Chef Maria is a culinary master chef, especially when she is preparing two of some of the most savory delectable dishes I have ever sampled- firstly- look no further for something “fresh from the sea”- Maria’s “Whole Belly Clams” are mouth popping wonderful. Hand battered and lightly fried, these colossal gems are served with cocktail sauce and quartered lemon. We also take note and strongly urge you to try the baked Haddock. A massive, light, fluffy, fish steak. Maria prepares the Haddock- Greek style, EVOO, oven baked, and dusted with a bit of garlic and oregano and served with medallions of sliced baked tomatoes.
Pasta dishes are fully developed and delicious- my fav- the “Chicken Parmigiana”
an enormous platter of Chef Maria’s chicken breast cutlets, hand breaded and fried, plated with spaghetti and layered with homemade meat sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, then housed in the oven till the cheese bubbles, browns and runs freely on the plate-hearty and good!
Let me just state – No matter what you order at Bloomfield Village Pizza, it will be savory, delectable and delicious! Chef Maria Rosu you are truly a beautiful Empress presiding not only over Pizza but the entire Village of Bloomfield in preparing so many excellent creative dining offerings!
For pizzas and grinders and honey chicken wings, Empress Maria Rosu will have it -. that perfect plate of food just for you – you’ll find there’s quality service, your dollar buys more at 34 Tunxis Avenue in Bloomfield, CT, the finest pizza you have ever eaten and so much more!! Enjoy!!
Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at Howardbatv@aol.com