There was an interesting post today in the Waterbury Talks group on Facebook, it was a reminder for those of us that enjoyed the food at Nino's Restaurant on Scott Road in Waterbury that it's still around.

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It took me a minute to realize that this is really a unique opportunity. How often have you moaned to your friends that your favorite pizza isn't around anymore? The old deli that made the perfect sandwich in the 90's. Restaurants and their cuisines disappear without a trace, but sometimes the chefs and cooks and the people behind the magic carry on their ways. That's what happened in the case of Nino's.

The Waterbury Talks post was written by Jane Vilardi Capobianco, who goes onto explain that many of the staff, cooks, and pizza makers who had formerly worked at Nino's, are now making your favorites in Plainville, not Waterbury.


Nino's staff, cuisine and concept now lives on at Pagliacci's Restaurant, which is located on Rt. 10 (East Street/Queen St) in Plainville. I've been there, I really enjoyed the food, and I had no idea that it was the crew from Nino's.

Nino's was my favorite place in Connecticut for fried calamari. It was also the first restaurant that I remember that put the hot cherry peppers and gorgonzola on top. I'll never forget the meal we ate at Nino's before the Tommy Chong show at the Red Bull Motor Inn. It had to be 1991? 92? It's comforting to know that the skill and cuisine that I enjoyed for decades lives on. Plainville though? I agree with the commenters on the post, come back to the Brass, please.

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