New restaurant opens in former Spinning Fork space in Fairfield

Caruso’s Ristorante & Bar is now open for business.

The restaurant at 6765 Dixie Highway serves traditional Italian and American-Italian dishes.

Hours intially are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday to Friday and the menu offers sandwiches, pizzas, soups, salads, and “a couple featured pastas per day,” said owner Braheam Shteiwi.

“We wanted to slow play our opening so we could ease into things. We’re waiting on the state to finalize the liquor license. We will most likely not open for dinner until then.”

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Pizza and pasta dough are made fresh by hand, he said.

When it does receive its liquor license, Caruso’s Ristorante & Bar will feature a wine list of approximately 75 bottles, which concentrate on Italian selections, but also feature recognizable American brands and varietals, as well as “clean” wines.

It also will offer a lineup of seven rotating taps from Brink Brewery, the winner of the Best Very Small Brewery Award at the Great American Beer Festival, along with domestic and Italian beers.

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Caruso’s features a 2,500-square-foot renovated dining room and a newly created private dining area for small and large parties of up to 30 people, as well as business meetings that require full privacy.

The restaurant’s exterior has been updated with a new paint job and new landscaping.

Caruso’s takes the place of The Spinning Fork, a longtime eatery that now operates as The Spinning Forchetta in Liberty Twp.

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