Sneak peek: John Dough’s Pizza Bar in Norwalk


“We’re going to introduce New Haven style pizza to SoNo.”

If you’ve ever tried the pizza at Behind the Net in the Darien Ice Rink, you already know what owner Bill Ferguson and chef Derek Furino are all about. If things go forward as planned, they’ll be slinging fresh Elm City-inspired pies by the time September rolls around.

Ferguson let the LBC sneak in for a preview.

“The heavy lifting is pretty much done. Now we’re getting into the details,” he said. “We’re probably a couple weeks out.”

Unlike Ferguson’s prior ventures in the space, Archie Moore’s and Rivals, John Dough’s will have a singular focus.

“Previously, we had mainstream burgers and wings and fried foods,” he said. “Now we’re keeping it a lot simpler.”

Aside from pizza, the menu will consist of salads and a full bar.

The interior has been repainted and refinished, 12 TVs will broadcast the latest sports, and there might even be some outdoor seating.

I asked if there were plans to experiment with other types of pizza (maybe jumping into the Colony-style pie fracas).

“If there is a demand for a thicker crust, a different style, a thinner crust, some additional toppings, then we can explore that,” Ferguson said. “Coming out of the gate we’re going to do what we’ve been successful with.”

Works for me.

Categories: bars, food, pizza
Brett Mickelson

9 Responses

  1. Jim Tran says:

    Went on a dead night with a group of friends, took OVER 1 hour to order 3 pizzas. Owner came out and apologized, the owner AGREED to pay for our pizzas if we over tipped the server. After we OVER tipped the server, the owner tracked us down on the sidewalk and persuaded us to pay for full bill + our generous tip.

    Absolutely HORRIBLE service and ownership. I will be sure everyone reads this before they go there. Put this company out of business, they are clueless.

  2. Frank says:

    Great pizza and GREAT NAME!!!!

  3. Shelley says:

    Great food, great atmosphere & a wonderful selection of craft beers. Pizza & beer you can’t get any better !

  4. Jessica says:

    Their pizza is to DIE for, and I think the name is great! Keith has no idea what he is talking about :)

  5. John says:

    Their place in Darien is the BEST place around and totally flies under the radar. Unfortunately for them, not many people know about it. Fortunately for me, I never have to wait long when I order!

  6. sputnik says:

    I wonder what the next place be there?

  7. Dan W. says:

    Derek’s clam pie kicks Pepe’s butt big time, can’t wait for the opening!!

  8. Vulture says:

    I agree, Keith Whamond is a very unfortunate name.

  9. Keith Whamond says:

    What an unfortunate name.