There are two new food options in Woodbridge, Paolo Ristorante and Street n’ Savory food truck.
Paolo Ristorante, at 208 Amity Road, is the former home of Antonio’s. New owners Paolo and Elena Iannaconne have spent the last 11 years working his aunt’s restaurant, Bin 100 in Milford. Their family members also own Luce in Hamden and Goodfellas in New Haven.
“Opening a restaurant has been his dream forever,” Elena says of Paolo. “I love everything about restaurants,” he adds. “Plus, being Italian and having lived in Italy for so long food is a passion and a lifestyle for me.”
Paolo was born in Connecticut, but his family moved back to Italy when he was 5 years old and he spent the next 25 years in Naples. He met Elena there and they moved to Connecticut shortly after having their first child.
Paolo says that he learned to cook from Elena who learned to cook from her father. “He doesn’t work in a restaurant but he’s the best chef I know,” says Paolo. She plans to run the front of the house at the restaurant but will also be involved in the kitchen.
The quality of the food is very important to Paolo. “If we can match at the restaurant the quality of food that we produce at home, I’ll be very happy,” he says.
The restaurant will be open Tuesday through Sunday. Visit Paoloristorante.com for details and a menu.
When Street n’ Savory food truck owner Jake Heffernan began exploring opening a restaurant he quickly realized that opening a food truck would take less startup capital and require less staff management. “Eventually I might do a brick and mortar restaurant or maybe I’ll expand into multiple trucks,” the Woodbridge resident says.
Right now, he does all the cooking and that’s the way he likes it. The menu is in-season gourmet-inspired street food. It’s a fusion of Caribbean and Asian flavors mixed in with Mediterranean food. Currently there’s an Italian riff on a Cuban sandwich made with the traditional pork and the addition of capicola ham and pickled fennel. A Mexican street taco is topped with jerk chicken and a Caribbean slaw. Sausage and Peppers gets an Asian spin with bok choy.
Heffernan and his partner, Michelle Riley offer full-service party planning. She’s an experienced event planner and they can provide everything including the invitations, décor themes and, of course, the catering.
Street n Savory had its debut in March at the Woodbridge-based New England Brewing Company. “It was more than I could ask for,” he said. “It was so busy.” His weekends are filling up with events and breweries mostly through word of mouth, and he plans to be at the Woodbridge Summer Concerts on Tuesdays in July. For a calendar of where the food truck will be, visit the Street N’ Savory Facebook or Instagram pages. For more information, visit StreetnSavory.com.
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