LaRosa Marketplace's enthralling story chronicles the restaurant's growth over four generations from a garage-based sausage shop to a purveyor of delectable sandwiches, wraps, fresh salads, and house-prepared meats. Sate midday pangs with a panini sandwich such as the panino parma, an assemblage of parma prosciutto, veggies, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil packed and grilled into crusty diamonds of flavor perfect for winning a stomach's love ($7.50). A roster of grinders challenges chompers with mounds of savory ingredients such as veal cutlet, sweet or spicy soppressata, marinated beef, and eggplant ($7.50–$9 for a half). Weekly specialties incorporate LaRosa's homemade sausages, made from lean meat with no additives, into dishes such as Thursday's roasted Italian sausage with orrechiette pasta and broccoli rabe ($8.99). Meat eschewers and veggie chewers frolic through a salad menu that includes the antipasto salad, which opens taste buds and pollinates tooth flowers with marinated mushrooms, artichokes, olives, and roasted peppers in a meadow of romaine lettuce ($7.50).
Sav-Mor is a family owned supermarket which first opened its doors in 1947. At that time, our nation was recovering from World War II and consumers knew the value of a dollar. Today’s economic challenges leave many families looking for ways to get the most for their money. At Sav-Mor, we have found what was good then is sti
Voted Best Fish Market by readers of the Hartford Advocate, City Fish Market offers a menu of freshly prepared seafood meals. Lobster lovers can dig their claws into the hot lobster roll, pincered together with fries or a small chowder ($15.99). Ex-Red Coats can sample the fried fish and chips ($9.99) while pondering the best place to get their useless uniform tailored into a fashionable suit. Clammy hands find an accepting home around a bowl of fresh New England chowder ($3.50 half pint, $5.99 pint, $9.99 quart). Children can also wet their seafood appetites with kids' menu offerings such as clam strips and fries ($3.99).
Granby Village Health's wellness gurus cultivate healthful glows as they guide customers through a maze of local produce, organic groceries, and trusted supplements. Juice baristas blend up local fruit to make organic smoothies such as Helena's Fruit Paradise, packed with a medley of berry flavors sweeter than a first kiss between pastry chefs ($5.99–$7.99). Jumpstart brains with a hearty breakfast of all-natural oatmeal ($1.69/lb.), available gluten-free, or a healthy bunch of bananas ($0.69/lb.). Cardio-pumps hum along as smoothly as a jazz band of velveteen rabbits as Nordic Naturals omega-3 fish-oil capsules bolster muscles with nourishing currents ($17.45).
M.E.L.T. Fitness Studio's trainers see each body can be defined and molded with the appropriate exercises. Rather than a standard group workout for all their clients, they provide what they call group personal training, modifying and accentuating various exercises to the ability level of their students. They stick to a theme each day, reserving Tuesdays for fat-burning blasts, Fridays for abdominal work, and Saturdays for m.e.l.t.ed cardio, which burns as much fat as possible while building cardio endurance. Within that theme, they provide personal variations for each client to accommodate fitness level or injuries, very often naturally relieving chronic pain by carefully strengthening muscles around the affected area.
Singled out for having the state's best clam chowder in Connecticut magazine's Best of Connecticut feature, Close Harbour hooks customers with a menu anchored in mouth-watering seafood. Start with crab-and-parmesan-stuffed mushrooms ($7) or pull out your scrimshaw spoon for New England, Manhattan, or Rhode Island clam chowder ($4/cup). Filet of sole stuffed with lump blue-crab meat ($18) reconciles the sea's two most notorious enemies, and swordfish cipolla parries a seasoned swordfish steak with a heaping helping of caramelized onions ($17). Resist flatware hegemony by getting your hands on a toasted roll topped with butter-sautéed lobster (market price), or give in to the powerful lettuce lobby with a pan-seared sea-scallop salad ($14). Any fish in the joint can also be baked, grilled, broiled, fried, or seared and plated with stir-fried veggies for $15.
When not stocking its shelves with groceries, ShopRite of Enfield zeroes in on feeding hungry party guests during summer's sundry get-togethers. Liven up a birthday celebration, pool party, or zeppelin-building night with the Shrimp Classic party platter, laden with enough cooked shrimp and cocktail sauce to satisfy 8 to 10 humans or one pet giant squid (a $39.95 value). Dairy die-hards, meanwhile, will delight in the Cheese Continental tray's slices of jarlsberg, havarti, and pepper jack (a $39.99 value). The Roman Holiday platter (a $39.99 value) and the Antipasto tray ($45.99 value) accommodate wildly gesticulating hands with bite-sized bits of Italy’s finest soppresata, prosciutto di parma, genoa salami, olives, and roasted peppers. ShopRite also covers dessert with the Cupcake Tree platter, which piles on 24 handholdable cakes with a variety of icings and wraps to coordinate with any baby shower or cavity-free dental-visit celebration (a $39.99 value).