New café in Shelton seeks to appeal ‘to all the senses’

A new café in Shelton is designed to offer “a customer experience that appeals to all the senses,” according to its owners.

Focaccia’s Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Split Rock shopping center on Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton. It also has a catering service.

Co-owner Michelangelo Guerrera said the goal is offer high quality food, excellent and quick service, and value.

Speaking at a Wednesday evening grand opening event, Guerrera said Focaccia’s will have items on its menu that people might not expect, such as smoked salmon and French-style crepes.

The other co-owner, Ben Mujollari, said the establishment will continue to offer new and unique menu options in the coming months.

A ‘warm and friendly’ approach

Bill Purcell, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce president, said the owners have done a terrific job designing the restaurant, coming up a unique concept, and quickly becoming involved in the community.

“They are very warm and friendly, and you can sense that in their staff as well,” Purcell said.

Mayor Mark Lauretti, who cut the ribbon at the grand opening ceremony, said the food-service business can present many challenges.

“I think these two gentlemen are up to the task,” said Lauretti, who was in the restaurant business for most of his adult life.

Will be open every day

Focaccia’s Café is at 702 Bridgeport Ave., on the street side of the retail complex.

The menu includes paninis, sandwiches, Mediterranean dishes, salads, soups, meal and dessert crepes, croissants, desserts, and a full coffee and espresso bar. Focaccia-style bread and the croissants will be baked daily on-site.

The café is open 6 a.m.–9 p.m. seven days a week. Orders are placed at the front counter and then served to each guest’s table.