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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/27 11:28:29 (permalink)
I can do thick or thin meats.  Different textures, different bite, but, to me, equally delicious.
 
I don't usually ask for mustard, but I did this time, and it's interesting how they applied it: if you look closely, the mayo and mustard are given their own separate sections, and the oil and vinegar are put into the veggies.  The separation means that, depending on how you choose to bite into the sandwich, you can arrange for different combinations of flavors in your mouth.
 
True, mustard isn't a traditional part of an Italian sub, but it goes well with cured meats in general. I happen to like it.  I also understand the iffyness about mayo, but I've found that mayo combines with oil and vinegar to form a delicious sauce.  For that reason, I usually include it.
 
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/27 12:08:04 (permalink)

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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/27 12:15:25 (permalink)
I remember questioning the mayo addition, when you tried D'elia's that first time. You said then what you just now wrote. You like it and you always order the mayo in addition to the oil. I also suggested going back and ordering a salami grinder without the mayo--just to see if you really would like it, too. I don't remember ever seeing a return trip to D'elia's to try that out, but then there are so many grinders and so little time! And pizza, too. D'elia's also sells their bread, since it is a bakery and restaurant with just a few booths.
It has been fun driving all over CT with you and exploring with you. Lots of 'food for thought'!!
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/27 13:16:16 (permalink)
...whatever sails your sub!!!
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/27 14:02:23 (permalink)
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 I don't remember ever seeing a return trip to D'elia's to try that out, but then there are so many grinders and so little time! And pizza, too. D'elia's also sells their bread, since it is a bakery and restaurant with just a few booths.


Oh, a return trip to D'elia's was always in the cards, especially once I saw that they offered their wonderful tomato sauce for sale in mass quantities. And since you mentioned their bread, now I have an idea: D'elia's bread sliced lengthwise + D'elia's sauce + cheese and toppings, toasted in the oven. How's that for pizza?
 
One other thing on the topic of meat thickness: if you go back and look at the Carbone's roast beef earlier in the thread, it's sliced rather thickly, too - certainly thicker than Second Poquonock. Theory: thickness matters more for some folks when it comes to certain types of meat, since Italian coldcuts have a different feel of course to roast beef/turkey/etc.
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/27 21:22:17 (permalink)
I like the idea of an Italian bread pizza! I've made them myself in the past. D'elia's might even make you one as a special order. Or buy the ingredients and make your own.
I haven't written about thickness of meat before, but I am in the thin-sliced camp--no matter what kind of meat. More tender, less chewy. In fact, when it comes to grinders, I like them the way D'elia's does them--very thinly-sliced ingredients: tomatoes, provolone, salami or other meat, and finely shredded lettuce.
Have fun exploring CT and bringing us along for the ride.
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/28 18:51:35 (permalink)
I favor thinly sliced Italian meats
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/28 18:51:36 (permalink)
I favor thinly sliced Italian meats
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/28 18:51:36 (permalink)
I favor thinly sliced Italian meats
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/28 18:51:36 (permalink)
I favor thinly sliced Italian meats
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/28 20:02:57 (permalink)
Me too , times 4. Why do so many roadfooders duplicate their posts....so annoying, you people out there!
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/28 20:32:32 (permalink)
leethebard-its not being done on purpose...
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/28 21:13:03 (permalink)
Outstanding photos as always Ketteract!  I really enjoy your reports.
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/28 21:43:40 (permalink)
I think I was the offendwr and I apologize. My internet provider was acting up
Again, I am sorry
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/28 21:47:29 (permalink)
No reason to feel bad Phildelmar, it just happened to me, too.  Although I went right back and deleted the second one. 
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/28 23:51:23 (permalink)
ann peeples
leethebard-its not being done on purpose...


How's it happen? Glitch?
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/29 10:54:36 (permalink)
I think so
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/29 11:23:07 (permalink)
Same thing happened to MH the other day.  I saw it, went to his computer and deleted the second identical post.
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/29 16:13:00 (permalink)
I've spent most of today moving to a new apartment, and so I rewarded myself with yet another grinder (I've really eaten like crap since Thursday).  I went at random to a place that I've driven by a million times in West Hartford, Dino's Pizzeria.

 

 
I honestly don't have a whole lot to say about it, but figured I'd show it here anyway.  It's your average chicken parm grinder.  I guess I could note that it used real cutlets, which you'd think could be taken for granted, but one cruddy place in Cromwell (No Anchovies) showed me that wasn't the case.  Also it was only $6.75 for this much, which is still a better deal than Nardelli's.
 

 
Nothing really stood out - this wasn't anywhere near the league of Franklin Giant Grinder or Wethersfield Pizza House - but it was tasty, filling, inexpensive, made from good ingredients, and still far better than anything you'd get at a chain.
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/30 14:29:52 (permalink)
Great pictures
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/06/30 14:38:33 (permalink)
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Great pictures


 
I will take your word for this until I can view them at home tonight. Darn that  i.imgur.com beibg blocked at work. 


And I thought for a minute we were going to have to start calling you Jimmy Two Four Times. 
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/07/02 06:35:36 (permalink)
A shiny new review of the Wethersfield Pizza House by Mr. Stern!
 
http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Review/8645-11258/wethersfield-pizza-house
 
He's tried more items from their menu than I have, and I believe that's the second photo ever that I've seen of their actual pizza (that crust begs for a side of their sauce!).  The Italian combo certainly looks good - was it given any herb/oil-and-vinegar treatment, I wonder? - and I feel like I ought to try it, unremarkable bread notwithstanding.   
 
I'm glad to see them getting some well-articulated love and recognition - they really are a Roadfood place.  
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/07/02 07:57:55 (permalink)
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A shiny new review of the Wethersfield Pizza House by Mr. Stern!
 
http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Review/8645-11258/wethersfield-pizza-house
 
He's tried more items from their menu than I have, and I believe that's the second photo ever that I've seen of their actual pizza (that crust begs for a side of their sauce!).  The Italian combo certainly looks good - was it given any herb/oil-and-vinegar treatment, I wonder? - and I feel like I ought to try it, unremarkable bread notwithstanding.   
 
I'm glad to see them getting some well-articulated love and recognition - they really are a Roadfood place.  


IMO, the Italian combo didn't have quite enough herb-oil-vinegar treatment. Copious though it was, it verged on bland. The peppers and tomatoes in the center of the sandwich look bright but aren't really snappy. Next time I get that sandwich (and there will be a next time), I am going to ask for the optional hot cherry peppers. And BTW, Ketteract, thanks so much for this thread and your extensive grinder research. Having lived in Connecticut only a mere half-century, I remained ignorant of Wethersfield Pizza House until you pointed the way.
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/07/02 08:56:14 (permalink)
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IMO, the Italian combo didn't have quite enough herb-oil-vinegar treatment. Copious though it was, it verged on bland. The peppers and tomatoes in the center of the sandwich look bright but aren't really snappy. Next time I get that sandwich (and there will be a next time), I am going to ask for the optional hot cherry peppers.

 
Good notion, especially if the peppers are pickled.  They didn't work for me on my recent pizza at Modern - they overwhelmed the mild sausage - but paired with spicy, salty Italian coldcuts they could work very well indeed.
 
Michael Stern
And BTW, Ketteract, thanks so much for this thread and your extensive grinder research. Having lived in Connecticut only a mere half-century, I remained ignorant of Wethersfield Pizza House until you pointed the way.



Pleased to be of service.  I sometimes discuss my grinder excursions with coworkers, and I used to think it was funny how folks who have grown up here don't know about excellent establishments that are only a short distance away... but then, I'm from the Quad-Cities, and I had not once tried the celebrated Frank's Pizza.  Distance really, really matters - an extra 10-20 minutes of driving can make all the difference in determining whether you're exposed to a particular place when you're growing up.  
 
The other transplant on my team is from Idaho, and currently lives in Avon.  He discovered Carbone's Market in Torrington (also covered in the thread, and which I think every Roadfooder who's been there would agree should be your next target), but no one else on my team knew about it even though it's phenomenal and only 50 minutes away.
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/07/02 12:35:43 (permalink)
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....... Carbone's Market in Torrington (also covered in the thread, and which I think every Roadfooder who's been there would agree should be your next target), but no one else on my team knew about it even though it's phenomenal and only 50 minutes away.




Yes, Carbone's is at the top of the list!
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Re: Connecticut grinders 2015/07/03 22:22:04 (permalink)
oh man..hush...ketteract has a thing of beauty there and such a great report! How he by-passed Clams for Grinders in Mystic is beyond me.but glad he did
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