Who Has the Best Grinders in Naugatuck?

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Welcome to the first edition of our new weekly feature titled “Best Of.” We here on Naugatuck Patch are going to be highlighting the best places in the area for food — like grinders, pizza, pasta and what have you — and we want you to help us!

And so fitting, is it not, that we are starting this particular column this week, when everyone’s out shopping for their Superbowl cuisine.

Here’s how it works:

  • We'll ask a question about your favorites.
  • We invite you to post your nominations in the comments below.
  • We hope you'll also spread the word about this to your friends on Facebook and Twitter and get them involved. 
  • Submit comments until 5 p.m. Thursday.


  • We'll take the top three or four nominees and post an article first thing Friday morning.
  • That article will include a poll with the top nominees.
  • After the poll starts on Friday, you'll be able to vote till Saturday at 5 p.m.
  • On Sunday morning, we announce the winner.

This restaurant review is all about you — your ideas, your feedback and your voice — so we hope you will chime in and check back. 

So, whether it’s the meat, the bread or the whole deal, let us know: Who has the best grinder in Naugatuck?

p.s. If you think YOU make the best grinder, and you have lots of friends who could vote for you, bring it on. Enter your own name, put your ingredients and lets see!

Elisabetta February 02, 2012 at 11:59 PM
There is absolutely no doubt about the best grinder shop in Naugatuck - its NARDELLI'S! Their food is consistently fresh and delicious. When my boys come home from college on their breaks, the first thing they ask for is an Italian combo. It is a classic. Their catering is also top notch. It is always a pleasure to walk through the door and receive a warm and sincere greeting. No competition - Nardelli's is the only place to go for a grinder. Mangia!
Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe February 03, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Can't say it any better than Elisabetta. Grazie!
Marcia Puc February 03, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I love Nardelli's grinders - not over the top about anything else in the case. I did try Torino's once -- it was good and the staff was very friendly. I don't eat processed meats much, so when I do, it will still be Nardelli's. They are different types of grinders, it's hard to compare - Nardelli's pepper/onion combo is very unique. Subway...never will go back there (I didn't like the way the "portion" their meats and when I asked for substitutions, they weren't very happy to please - at least in my experience).
chris February 03, 2012 at 02:52 AM
funny, the same people who like nardelli's also like subway. what are you 9 years old? your taste buds must not be developed enough for real food, like torino's.........
linda hanley February 03, 2012 at 05:01 AM
I love ,love,love Nardellis. My brother comes up from Florida and gets grinders everytime he is here. Wants us to bring them down there. You don't have good Italian grinders or Italian food down there.They have the best!!!It's Loaded with meat and cheese and the classic mix,and Hot sauce. Love them!!!
Mark February 03, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I eat all over the state and have not found a grinder that compares to Nardellis. They take more pride in their product than anyone I know!!! Nardellis by far!!!
Joe Spinato February 03, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Stacey in fairness Nardelli's has been open for 75 years and Torino's only 2 so obviously more people would know of Nardelli's. Being a franchise doesn't make you better if that were the case then Domino's is better than Pepe's pizza and the Olive Garden is the best Italian restaurant in the U.S.. That logic makes no sense. I'm sprry you aren't willing to expand your horizons and taste buds...To each his or her own I suppose
Joe Spinato February 03, 2012 at 04:51 PM
If that were the case why is most of their product not homemade? I'm sorry I must be missing something...
christina February 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM
torinos without a doubt.
MPom February 03, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Nardellis all the way. Not only is the food incredible but the service and people are incredible as well. They're so nice I feel like a family member when I'm in there!! Will eat no where else!!!
stephanie s February 03, 2012 at 09:34 PM
anabella maia February 08, 2012 at 06:15 PM
wow what hype...sounds like nardelli's and torino's need more competition
KB February 16, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Nardellis gets my vote
MH February 16, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Nardelli's always get's my vote!! Always my first stop when I come back home to visit the family and they almost always an Italian Combo as a "gift" when coming to visit in MD.
Carolyn M. Capozziello February 18, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I have never been given an already made sandwich at BigY...the staff always makes it fresh so I would try it again Dawn.
Carolyn M. Capozziello February 18, 2012 at 01:16 PM
This is my first post as a new member and I hesitated to say BigY for fear everyone would laugh....but been here 35 years, used to be Nardelli, then Subway for awhile but the best is BigY....a true 12 inch delight. Fresh stuff, made to order and enough really for two meals...oh and the bread is awesome....thanks
John Pinto September 06, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Torinos smells like sweaty feet inside. Its gross.
AnywhereBUTnaugatuck September 07, 2012 at 03:33 AM
John pinto you must be a classy naugatuckian?
Grumpy Guy September 07, 2012 at 11:44 AM
I love bringing my kids to Nardelli's because its one of the few places left in town from when I was a teenager. Granted things arent exactly the same- the cold grinders dont seem as overstuffed as they used to be. But they have a GREAT selection of hot grinders-that part of the menu has expanded a lot. We also tried Torinos a few times and we like them too. we havent eaten there yet though- we only did takeout but we liked their stuff too. A little competition is never a bad thing- each place will have to keep getting better- Nardelli's hasnt had a seriosu competitor in years. And with Big Y- the party grinders are decent but they arent overly generous with the meats-and lets face it, the meats are supposed to be the main attraction- NOT the bread.
chris September 07, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Unfortunately, Nards uses a microwave for their hot sandwiches, unacceptable
brutus September 07, 2012 at 01:57 PM
that's the smell of actual real italian cheeses. go into any old school deli in NYC and that's exactly how it smells. Torino's is just plain better. I get the nostalgia people have with Nardellis, and it is good food, but it's very americanized. Torinos is more authentic.
Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe September 07, 2012 at 07:34 PM
You don't sound grumpy to us at all :) We really appreciate your kind words and support and look forward to keeping you a happy customer! GRAZIE!
Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe September 07, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Chris, We are currently looking into alternative ways to warm up our grinders. Cost considerations and consistency amongst our locations was important but we realize that we are sacrificing some of the deliciousness in the process. We appreciate your feedback and we do take it seriously. Stay tuned for our upgrades!
Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe September 07, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Chris September 08, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Would you ever do a taste off with a in town competitor in town? More specifically these polls on the Internet are extremely biased and people do not Vote fairly. (whoever set up this poll allowed people to vote more than once) how is that fair? Why not set up a grinder vs grinder? Torinos vs FMD vs Nardellis?
brutus September 08, 2012 at 11:24 AM
great idea Chris. although, to be honest, I still have a really hard time calling it a grinder. hero anyone?
HealthyMom September 08, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Brutus, I lived in Brooklyn for a bit and people there looked at me sideways if I ever said Sub or Grinder! They were like, you mean a Hero? LOL!!! And I've never had a Hero better than those in Bk! In all fairness, I like both Nardelli's and Torino's---but Torino's came closer to tasting a like a Hero from Monte's in Brooklyn! Fagheddaboutit!
naugy dad September 08, 2012 at 06:01 PM
i went to nardelli's a few year's back never to go again i ordered a sausage and pepper grinder and the maker put it on a scale and took off one peice of sausage !! how pittifull is that !!!
naugy dad September 08, 2012 at 06:06 PM
and it's just a slice --- not a link !!
Grumpy Guy September 09, 2012 at 03:32 PM
That DOES bother me when I go to a place and they have a scale for that kind of stuff. I mean, it just screams "corporate accoutning office" Its not like they lost money for the day because of that one piece of sausage. And heck even if every grinder they made that day was a little overstuffed, they still wont lose money- they'll just make slightly less. Remember, satisfied customers come back more often!


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