THE FOOD OF ITALY IN NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT

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I had lived in Connecticut for fifty years before moving to Florida in 2013. During that period of time I loved the   festivals , food and neighborhoods that denoted Italy and Italians. 

Wooster Street is home to a large number of Italian restaurants in New Haven.  My wife Angela and I returned this summer and took a day to explore the wonders of New Haven  and it’s culinary attractions.

51W2RUG6jCL SX348 BO1 204 203 200Books have been written about the Pizza in New Haven,   Colin Caplan wrote Pizza in New Haven in 2018. I traced the history to the family operated pizza ristoranti in New Haven. Many are still in business today. Some with wood or coal burning ovens. Our favorite was Ernie’s on Whalley Avenue.  The Wooster street area has many surviving restaurants and pastry shops. Many of the residents of New Haven came from Amalfi, Atrani, and Maori and brought their culinary skills with them. 

Ernies Pizzeria , New Haven, our favorite. 

 

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Frank  Pepe has been a staple of Wooster Street since the early 1900s. From their web site ” Portrait of Frank Pepe
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana was founded in 1925 by Frank Pepe (b. April 15, 1893 d. September 6, 1969). Born in the town of Maiori, on the Amalfi coast, southwest of Naples, Frank Pepe was the quintessential Italian immigrant. Poor and illiterate, he immigrated to the United States in 1909 at age 16 with little more than his health and a strong work ethic. His first job was at a New Haven, CT factory until he returned to fight for his native Italy in World War 1 a few years late” 

Angela and I have stayed in Maiori  on the Amalfi Coast and many of the residents of the Amalfi  areas immigrated New Haven.  Pepe’s is famous for its white clam pizza. The restaurant does a big business and it is not unusual to see people waiting in line outside the restaurant

IMG 0211Sally’s is also on Wooster Street and have been in business since 1938. It is also a coal fired pizzeria Wooster street. 

Consiglios, Pasta Eatitalina Trattoria Napoletana, Zeneli Pizzeria e Cucina, Abate Pizza and Seafood, are just some of the restaurants in the area.

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Libbys Pastry Shop is the perfect spot for a Cappuccino, espresso,  and a dolce. 

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A great assortment of treats 

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As we leave the Wooster Street area we head over to Liuzzi in North Haven for some Italian treats. 

 

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From their website

Hailing from the Southern Adriatic region of Italy, Pasquale Liuzzi came here in 1961 followed by his brother Nick in 1972. Together they founded Liuzzi Gourmet Food Market in 1981. Dreaming of building their own business and carrying on the proud, hardworking traditions of southern Italy, the Liuzzi family’s persistence and tenacity paid dividends.

 

This is one of the largest salumeria or delicatessen in the state of Connecticut. It make me feel like I am back in Italy.

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So many choices

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I stop when the basket gets too heavy

 

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They have large assortment of takeout.

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Real Cheese Wheels, not plastic.

Great video of Pizza in New Haven

 

New Haven Apizza from Full Send on Vimeo.

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Credit for video, 

Full Send  Productions

http://fullsendproductions.com/fsp-demo-reel

 

 

 

 

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A food market in Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi A Gem On The Seacoast

Amalfi is a beautiful and busy town. On the coast is has a history of being a maritime power, and paper making. It is a town with many festivals.  You will enjoy your stay. DSC 4018

Today it still has a very busy harbor.

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We happened upon the Festival of San Andreas by accident.  This was one of the highlights of our trip. Each year on the 27th of June, “This date is remembered for a miracle of Sant’ Andrea that occurred in 1544, when the people of Amalfi prayed to their saint to protect them from an attack of the feared Barbarossa pirates. When the town was saved from the attack by a sudden and terrible sea storm, the Amalfitans celebrated it as a miracle of Sant’ Andrea.” (From Charming Italy, bu Laura Thayer. http://www.charmngitaly.com

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Little did we know hen we sat down that we would be in the middle of the festa.  In Italy it is normal for one of have the table for as long as you want it.  Our views were amazing. 

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Soon it became quite crowded and as the sun began to set, the procession began,CIMG1357

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The parade went through most all of the town.

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Below you see people heading out on to the pier to watch the fireworks as darkness came.

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A fisherman brings in his catch below.

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A tall ship came in for the celebration.

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The duomo the next morning.

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The paper museum makes a nice stop on the way to the hill trails that take you to Ravello and other towns.

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Sample of the paper available at the museum. 

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And do not forget lemons, limone è importate !! Limoncello right? 

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Walking up the hills in Amalfi. 

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A great site for more info on Amalfi is.  http://www.ciaoamalfi.com.   Laura Thayer writes a blog on the town and surrounding  area.  Well worth checking it out. 

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