October 2, 2014

Fresco Trattoria brings authentic Italian food to Georgetown

As the roadwork and construction came to an end at Route 107 and West Main Street, one of the many businesses nestled in Georgetown finished with construction of its own. Fresco Trattoria, formerly known as Lombardi’s II at 22 Main Street in Georgetown, re-opened its doors on Nov. 11 to offer fresh, authentic Italian food.

Gian Fontana, previous owner of Lombardi’s II, and Frank Lombardi, owner of Lombardi’s Pizzeria and Ristorante in West Redding, have joined forces to transform Lombardi’s II into Fresco Trattoria.

“We always wanted to bring the real thing from Italy [to America] as far as pizza goes,” said Mr. Fontana.

Mr. Fontana is from Formia, Italy, and Mr. Lombardi is from the Isle of Ischia, Italy.

‘We’ve known each other for 14 years and have been working together for 10,” said Mr. Fontana.

The two have worked in Georgetown for seven years.

‘It’s a great area, it’s developing and it was in need for what we do — authentic Italian,” he said.

During reconstruction, a brick, wood-fired pizza oven was built in Fresco Trattoria so patrons could order fresh and authentic Italian Napoli-style pizza, he said. Patrons may even sit at the pizza bar and watch their pizzas being

‘We wanted to have a warm, cozy restaurant where people, in general — couples, families — can come in and enjoy fresh dishes that are prepared daily,” said Mr. Fontana.

Aside from the same owners and offering pizza, the menu at Fresco Trattoria is brand-new and different from that of Lombardi’s II.

‘It’s more authentic ltalian,” said Mr. Lombardi. “We offer risotto, steak, lamb, original Italian pizza. Lombardi’s is more American-Italian. “

There is also a fully stocked bar with wine, beer and cocktails, and happy hour specials from 4 to 6.

“We have half-price drinks and house wine,” said Mr. Fontana.

There is no children’s menu, but the chef can accommodate with the ingredients at hand, said Mr. Lombardi.

Head chef Michael Pellizzari has been cooking for 27 years and grew up in an Italian family, he said.

“All our sauces, everything, is made here. It’s not processed, not bought out of a store. People call it peasant food because we use every last bit,” he said.

Currently, Fresco Trattoria is offering its winter menu. In the spring, it will change to include fresh, local ingredients of the season.

‘I’m also doing a themed menu. We’ll have a theme for Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo. We’ll accommodate for every holiday in some way,” said Mr. Pellizzari.

Also in the spring, the outdoor patio will open.

“We have a space heater, so we can probably use it three seasons out of the year,” said Mr. Fontana.

All entrées on the menu are under $30, and the menu also features smaller dishes, soup, salad, and eight to 10 brick-oven pizzas.

Mr. Fontana said he has a love for pizza, but his favorite is the Margherita pizza.

‘It’s a classic,” he said. The 12-inch pizza is served on a thin crust and can be enough for one person, said Mr. Lombardi.

‘It’s a little bigger than a personal size, but the ingredients and crust are very light. We use fresh mozzarella, which is lighter, even the sauce. It’s simple, just like the way they make it in Italy,” he said.

The pasta is either homemade at the restaurant or bought fresh. Dessert is also available and is house-made.

Reservations are welcome and gift certificates are available, said Mr. Fontana. The restaurant can accommodate parties of 15 to 20 people, and catering is also available.

Fresco Trattoria is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 5 to 10 p.m. Call 203-544-9447 or visit the Facebook page, Facebook.com/Fresco Trattoria Redding.