February 26, 2018

Farmington's Joey Garlic's restaurant rebranded as Mama Luke's

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with comments from Joey Garlic's current owner.

Farmington's Joey Garlic's restaurant is being rebranded as Mama Luke's Restaurant and Pizzeria.

The change is the result of a split between the restaurant's business partners.

Nick Romano and Marty Fox of NGR Restaurant LLC say they are overseeing the renamed restaurant at 372 Scott Swamp Road, which will continue to offer the same food and service, including daily lunch and dinner. The only thing changing are the name and additional menu items, they said in a statement.

Meantime, Anthony Sullo said he and his business partner, Gary Gello, are maintaining control of Joey Garlic's in Newington at 150 Kitts Lane, which is keeping its name. Sullo didn't give a reason for the split but he did say he and his partner are preparing to open a new Joey Garlic's in Manchester near Buckland Hills mall, possibly by May.

Mama Luke's is a scratch kitchen that specializes in New Haven-style brick oven pizza, which has a crust similar to rustic peasant bread in texture and is cooked to a darker color, which allows the toppings to blend together. Other menu items include overstuffed calzones, salads, grinders, burgers, pasta and Italian dinners. The restaurant offers a full bar and has a private room available for parties, the owners said.

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