Clemenza’s Brick Oven Pizza and Cafe Opening in West Springfield

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Anthony Martone, owner of Clemenza’s Brick Oven Pizza and Cafe, opens in a new location at 816 Westfield St.

“We’re going to specialize in our brick oven pizza,” Martone said. “We are also introducing new pressed Tuscan bread sandwiches and will have an outdoor area for a late night coffee.”

He has closed his Clemenza location on Elm Street in Westfield while he and his staff move things to the new location. He said Monday there were plans to reopen the Westfield site at some point, but is in talks with its owner in Westfield.

Tuscan bread is like a French baguette, airy and light, he said.

“We can make interesting sandwiches with them,” Martone said. “We are also working on new pasta dishes.

He said restaurateurs have had to adapt to a world where people want to get food fast and eat it at home.

“I go for a quick service menu instead,” he said. “Like a trattoria. “

The new West Springfield location will open in a week or two after renovations are complete and everything in place, Martone said.

Martone’s father ran the first Clemenza’s on Page Boulevard in Springfield.

He opened the Westfield site in August 2013.

He also owns the Rapids in Huntington, but leases the site to another operator.

Martone runs food concessions every year at the Big E, often closing the Westfield restaurant during the fair.

The new West Springfield location is more convenient for the Big E, he said, and the busy Route 20 restaurant gets very busy.

The new locations will have the brick kiln of the Westfield location but a more open industrial feel. It’s an old metro, but Martone said he was having it completely renovated.

The West Springfield Clemenza’s will have alfresco dining on a covered patio. It can accommodate 40 or 50 people inside and around 30 outside.

Martone said he offered sidewalk cafe seats at the Westfield location, but gave up after customers complained of being harassed by passers-by.

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