Business Buzz: Sugo Gastrobar
Business name: Sugo Gastrobar
Address: 105 Church Hill Road, Newtown
Owners: Enrique Rosario, Dan Camporeale, Mario Mallozzi, Pierre Vendetti, and Kyle Lieberman
What is your business background? The group, led by Dan Camporeale, started 14 years ago and owns a number of area restaurants, including Matto’s in Shelton, Ecco Wine Bar in Trumbull, and Via Gastrobar in New Haven. Enrique Rosario, who is the primary owner of the Sugo Gastrobar location, said, “I’ve been in the restaurant business for 20 years and worked in every position, busser, server, bartender, since I was 21. I kept chasing it and know more about food and drinks, I get very picky about it. The next thing you know, here I am.”
What is your business’ focus? We offer traditional Italian cuisine but also modernize it. It’s not just chicken parmigiana and pasta, but rosemary herb encrusted lamb and branzino, which is a broiled whole de-boned Mediterranean sea bass with Meyer lemon sauce, mango salsa, jalapeno cream, and black pearl lentils.
What is something important to you that readers know about your business? We don’t just emphasize food, but the whole dining experience. Anyone can make food, but the aesthetics, the cocktails, and other things we do support the enjoyment of the customers. They can feel pampered and relaxed. Even if they just want to come in for a beer they can be living a life that’s happiest. Everyone is happy when they’re fed.
Do you have any upcoming events? Sugo Gastrobar offers mozzarella making classes and will be offering additional classes in the future such as pasta making and charcuterie making. There will also be wine dinners — a five course meal with five wines to taste.
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 am to 10 pm; Friday, 11:30 am to 11 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm; and Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm.