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A Slice of New York restaurant in Sudbury delighted by community response over first year in business

The owner of a restaurant in Sudbury, which serves authentic New-York style pizza, said he could not have hoped for a more positive response since opening the business last year.

A Slice of New York started trading in Friars Street last October.

Marking the eatery’s first anniversary this month, owner Shawn Dyer has reflected on the business’ success.

Shawn Dyer is opening a pizza restaurant this week in Friars Street......PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (19982383)
Shawn Dyer is opening a pizza restaurant this week in Friars Street......PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (19982383)

“It’s been great – we had a terrific year,” he said. “It’s going fantastically well.”

Originally from New York, Mr Dyer was keen to offer an authentic restaurant and take-away outlet, where buyers can order a 20-inch pizza or by the slice.

“What we do, didn’t exist here, so we have offered a new product,” he said, adding that he had been amazed that his customer base extended beyond the county.

“I was beyond surprised by how far people would travel,” said Mr Dyer.

Inspired by his favourite pizza restaurant in New York, where he learnt his craft, Mr Dyer wanted to create a similar atmosphere at his own restaurant.

“I have got to know a lot of people here, it’s not just a job for me, it’s a business, and I want people to feel the same as I do when I’m in my local eatery in New York,” he said.

The business prides itself on creating pizzas from fresh ingredients, which are made to order.

A signature tomato sauce involved a labour of love before the final recipe was perfected and ready to serve.

“I came up with it from scratch,” said Mr Dyer. “It took me a long time to create the right one.”

Having sourced some of the ingredients from Italy, Mr Dyer discovered it was more efficient to order them instead from England.

Since moving to Acton three years ago with his wife, Fiona, and five children, Owen, Henry, Matilda, Holly and Peter, the family have settled well and embraced the country life.

To maximise the American experience, Mr Dyer is planning to screen NFL matches at the restaurant every Sunday.

He said: “We visited New York this week and that’s what we did, we went out for pizza and watched the football.”

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