Thank you New Haven Independent and Thomas Breen!
Mike Zullo tossed a ball of pizza dough in the air, rolled it flat, and topped it with sauteed mushrooms and slices of yellow summer squash that had been prepared in an adjacent kitchen earlier in the day.
As he lifted the pizza into a massive wood-fired oven, customers just a few feet away flipped through a drinks menu that contains cocktails infused with syrups and infusions made in that very same kitchen.
Zullo was at work in Jocelyn Square’s newest reborn restaurant, Next Door. The connection among the pie, the libations, and the fresh veggies reflected the joint’s strategy — creating a sum greater than, but linked to, its parts.
Next Door is located at 175 Humphrey St., the former home of the restaurant Humphrey’s,
(with a storied history dating back to a Prohibition-era speakeasy) at the corner of Humphrey and East Street. A little over a year after getting its final zoning and building approvals from the city, Next Door officially opened to the public on June 6.