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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/04/20 15:37:11 (permalink)
When he was packaging up my leftovers, he asked if I wanted more sauce.  I declined, which was a response he hadn't seemed to be expecting.  
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/04/20 15:49:40 (permalink)
That meal looks incredible....
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/04/20 19:24:03 (permalink)
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That meal looks incredible....

Good thing you remembered the "c" and the "r".
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/04/22 17:04:33 (permalink)
Another cold and rainy day, so that meant comfort food. Italian-American comfort food.
 
I returned to Corner Grinder. I'd previously noticed an item on their menu called beef pizzaiola, described as "steak, peppers and mushrooms, sauteed in a tomato sauce". Well, hell, that sounded good.
 
These were today's specials.
 

 
I was curious about #7 until I confirmed that it did indeed mean tripe. Yeahhhh, not for me.
 
The meal came with their basic salad and splendid crusty bread, which you've already seen. The bread had just come out of the oven. Delightful. For my "appetizer" I got a chunk of their Sicilian-style house pizza: sausage, spinach, and potato.  My word, just look at it.
 

 
This, along with the pizza from the Mozzicato dePasquale Bakery down the street, is enough to elevate the Sicilian style to something well worth researching. This is heavy-duty stuff: the chunky toppings and pillowy crust go perfectly together. The sausage is, of course, Corner's housemade.
 
I managed to get through about half before my main course, the beef pizzaiola, came out to me.
 

 
This was fantastic. Tender beef, whole roasted cloves of garlic ...
 

 
... and the standout, as with my last visit, was the sauce. As you can see from the color, though, this was not their standard sauce. There was a restrained presence of red wine - just the right amount to make the sauce something that harmonized with red meat. Wonderful balance. This is what you get from folks with decades of cooking experience. I found myself both sopping up the extra with bread and eating it like soup.
 

 
I want to point out that this wasn't a cheap dish. It was $15, and I would have been perfectly satisfied had it been served to me in the context of some swanky West Hartford restaurant (and the price might have been similar too). That's not where I got it, though. I got it at a place that looks like this:
 

 
The tragedy is that it would never, understandably, cross the minds of most folks as a place to get a nice old-school Italian / Italian-American meal. I could suggest it to coworkers; they'd see the pictures of the outdated interior, and consider the fact of the deteriorated Franklin Avenue neighborhood, and humor me with a "hmm, maybe" and then go elsewhere. And I couldn't really blame them. But perhaps someone might take the plunge...
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/04/22 17:13:43 (permalink)
Did you eat it all? I would've.
 
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/04/22 17:18:03 (permalink)
Yes.  No dinner tonight.  Oof.
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/04/22 18:38:53 (permalink)
Ketteract, you are crushing it, man!  Love this thread so much (as well as the grinder and pizza threads).  Since I don't own a car I'm not sure If I'd make it up that way but if I do, this is a great road map!  
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/04/22 19:06:52 (permalink)
That meal looked amazing!!
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/04/22 20:12:44 (permalink)
That pizzaiola sure looks good...
 
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But ChiVeggie15 would've suggested specials #2 and #4!
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/13 15:44:59 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2017/05/14 08:50:49
I keep meaning to drive further out and try the non-sandwich items at Second Poquonock Giant Grinder and H&M Pizza and Giant Grinder.  One day, I'll do that, but today, it was back to Corner Grinder again - because dammit, they're right here and they're excellent.

There's a big ol' rainstorm moving through the northeast this weekend.  Where I am, the rain is starting early in the afternoon and continuing through Sunday morning.  So you know what kind of food I was feeling like.

This caught my eye on the way up to the counter.  Not something I see inside their case all the time, whatever it is.  Some kind of stuffed bread.




The coworker that used to come here as a boy had waxed lyrical about the chicken soup.  Similar broth to what they use for the pasta fazool, and the same tiny acini di pepe pasta.



Looks like it hadn't changed in all these years.  And so delicious, with just a hint of citrus.  It's also not unknown: Hartford Magazine chose it as one of their local favorites in 2011.



I'd originally had lasagna in mind, but when I ordered it, the young fellow behind the counter turned to someone I'd seen there every time, and asked if there was any.

The response: "Ask Nonna."

He disappeared in back, then emerged to tell me that there was no lasagna today, but they did have stuffed shells.  That would be great, I said.



What a fine rendition of a classic dish.  This was bubbling hot when it came out to me, covered in cheese and Corner's impeccable sauce.  The ricotta was ever so slightly sweet.  



I want to emphasize that every single thing I've eaten from this place has reflected balance, whether it's the soup, the sauce, or even the breading on the cutlets.  You don't need to be told of the skill and experience behind it all.  You can taste it.
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/13 17:43:22 (permalink)
Oh God,that looks like heaven!
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/13 18:04:51 (permalink)
It was wonderful. Exactly what I needed today. I wish they weren't cursed by geography. It'll be a miracle if I get any friends here to come down to Hartford's bleak-by-day, scary-at-night South End.  But look at these beautiful food-gems that can still come from there...
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/13 18:27:44 (permalink)
I love stuffed shells. Unfortunately, lleechef doesn't care for them.
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/13 18:38:13 (permalink)
I've met two Italian-Americans - Sicilian stock, both of them - who don't care for lasagna.  For the life of me, I don't get it.  
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/13 20:40:56 (permalink)
Well, I'm half Sicilian and half Neopolitan, and I absolutely adore Lasagna!!
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/13 22:09:53 (permalink)
OOohh, yum. Boy, you all have some wonderful looking food up there. Nothing like that here unless I put on my apron, get to work and start hoping.. If that is what Nonna recommends than I would walk off the edge of the earth if she said there'd be a net. Mmm-mmm.
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/14 08:10:11 (permalink)
Those stuffed shells look great!
 
Chicken soup seems (to me, anyway) to be one of those dishes that're so prevalent they're almost taken for granted, and only recognized when a really good version comes along.
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/14 08:48:36 (permalink)
So true, well made or even stylized, it's special. Love a well made Italian Wedding Soup, with escarole!!
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/14 10:46:28 (permalink)
If it is coming from Nonna, you know it is going to be something special...and those stuffed shells look fantastic! I'm enjoying all your posts about the food riches of CT. Will definitely make some detours next time I head to NY when visiting family! Really appreciate your taking the time to post about your food excursions.
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/14 11:00:02 (permalink)
Definitely a different interpretation of Steak Pizzaiola for me.  I'm used to the Long Island version, you know, the kind Marie Barone would make for Raymond.(Mamma Lombardi's:  
BONELESS RIB EYE PIZZAIOLA* with tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, romano cheese, basil & mushrooms) The steak is served whole, $39.00.  The Corner grinder version does look delicious, plus I see they use the same amount of garlic as LI.
 
Personally, I would go right for the Tripi Pizzaiola! But, I'm the guy who orders sofritta(veal hearts) at Nardelli's. 
 
A very enjoyable thread, keep it going Ketteract
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/14 12:20:10 (permalink)
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I've met two Italian-Americans - Sicilian stock, both of them - who don't care for lasagna.  For the life of me, I don't get it.  


lleechef's Piemontese. She doesn't like lasagna. For that matter she's not all that fond of pasta in general.
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/14 12:21:33 (permalink)
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So true, well made or even stylized, it's special. Love a well made Italian Wedding Soup, with escarole!!


You should try lleechef's. I wouldn't want her to get a swelled head so don't tell her, but it's the best I've ever tasted.
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/14 20:58:08 (permalink)
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So true, well made or even stylized, it's special. Love a well made Italian Wedding Soup, with escarole!!


You should try lleechef's. I wouldn't want her to get a swelled head so don't tell her, but it's the best I've ever tasted.


OK, it's our secret!


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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/25 15:27:48 (permalink)
Just came across a pic of steak pizzaiola from Mama Lombardi's.

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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/05/25 17:43:33 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2017/05/25 19:23:47
Let me guess. You ate the whole thing. And is that a cork I see in the photo? You certainly wouldn't have had wine with that.
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/10/11 18:01:06 (permalink)
Sometimes I think I should just rename this the "Italian entrees at Corner Grinder" thread, because I can't seem to get away from that place.  Tonight, it was cavatelli and broccoli.
 

 
For one Italian-American friend of mine, this was a staple when they were growing up, but this was the first time I'd had it.  Let me tell you, it seems like a simple dish on the surface, but it's actually kind of brilliant, and, in my judgment based on a single data point, Corner Grinder does an expert rendition of it.  This is clearly a dish that, as discussed earlier in this thread, is designed to draw attention to the pasta itself, rather than have the pasta be a mere vehicle. 
 

 
The cavatelli was thick, with a satisfying and addictive chew, and it was the perfect shape to capture the oil and broccoli bits; there was no heavy sauce to get in the way, just some olive oil, garlic, and a little grated cheese, all intended to enhance, not overtake. 
 

 
I also had a bowl of hearty red bean and collard greens soup.  A nice proteiny companion to the pasta dish.
 

 
Ordinarily, with a place that has "Grinder" in the name, one would say to try their sandwiches first, but the truth is that you can safely start with pretty much anything here.
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/10/11 22:03:16 (permalink)
I'm drooling!!
 
 
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/10/12 10:07:02 (permalink)
That's a really nice meal!
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Re: Italian entrees at old grocers / sandwich shops... 2017/10/12 13:14:02 (permalink)
Looks simply delicious...we must make that.
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