CT’s Riko’s Pizza opens Florida restaurant, Fairfield location coming this fall

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Riko's Pizza, a staple for thin-crust, hot oil pizzas in southern Connecticut, recently opened its first location in Florida.

The pizzeria announced Thursday that its new restaurant in Tequesta, near Jupiter, is now open at 560 North US Highway 1. This is the first Riko's outside of the Northeast, joining Connecticut locations in Stamford and Norwalk and New York outposts in Long Island.

The chain is now operating on a franchise model. Franchisees Jay FitzGerald and Charlie Aysseh, natives of New Canaan, are also planning a new location in Fairfield, they announced in May. The new pizzeria at 1920 Black Rock Turnpike is slated to open "hopefully by November," Riko's noted in an Instagram comment this week

Riko's menu includes its signature hot oil pie, drizzled with stinger pepper-infused oil, and others with clams, chicken and vegetables. A meat lovers' option is loaded with pepperoni, ham, bacon and sausage. "Salad pizzas" feature pizza crust with tomato sauce and customers' choice of salad on top, like Caesar, spinach or antipasto. New items include a hot honey pie with pepperoni, ricotta and basil.

Riko's also offers oven-baked wings, desserts and cocktails like a "Riko's stinger margarita," featuring stinger pepper-infused tequila.

Stamford has also welcomed an influx of New Haven-style apizza in recent months. Sally's Apizza opened on Summer Street in October, and Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana has plans to open a new location on High Ridge Road, next door to a Shake Shack. But the city still has a style all its own, locals say, influenced by both the Elm City and New York. 

With prior reporting by Andrew DaRosa and Verónica Del Valle.