At Strega Cafe in Milford, the purpose is an working experience of ‘traveling in Italy’

MILFORD — The best compliment a client can give new Strega restaurant proprietor Danilo Mongillo right after tasting the foods is to explain to him, “I’m back again in Italy,” as they recall the tastes and vibes of trips there. “It transpires commonly,” Mongillo stated. “We want to give the […]

MILFORD — The best compliment a client can give new Strega restaurant proprietor Danilo Mongillo right after tasting the foods is to explain to him, “I’m back again in Italy,” as they recall the tastes and vibes of trips there.

“It transpires commonly,” Mongillo stated. “We want to give the practical experience you get when you’re touring in Italy. It’s a thing Connecticut deserved.”

For Mongillo, the purpose is to serve the tastiest authentic Italian delicacies — which can be different than Italian-American delicacies several are accustomed to in America, he said.

As a substitute, he works by using refreshing specialty components, numerous of which are flown in weekly from Italy, these as black Italian truffle and buffalo mozzarella, designed from the milk of a rare buffalo that has survived in a person area.

Mongillo, who grew up in a large relatives in the small village of Puglianello wherever the cooking flowed and he experienced the gain of parents from various regions — thus much more tastes — initially opened Strega Restaurant in Branford in 2016.

Danilo Mongillo, remaining, co-operator and government chef at Strega, and co-proprietor Vinnie Behal are photographed in the dining place of the new restaurant on River Road in Milford on June 18, 2021.

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Business experienced been magnificent and he was preparing to open a next restaurant in Milford, but then the pandemic strike. He tried to make it on takeout orders in Branford, but it wasn’t enough to support his household of a spouse and two kids.

In addition, the pandemic impacted the extremely cornerstone of his dishes — meals goods imported fresh from Italy.

He went through with the opening in Milford June 3 at 9 River St., using the services of Standard Supervisor Vinnie Behal to assistance “improve all the operations of Strega Milford.”

Previously he’s noticed numerous buyers from Branford as well as packing in new types.

“The meals is authentic and remarkable. It is not the regular Italian menu that you see all around Connecticut, you will come across one thing new and delectable for guaranteed,” said Erica Cricchi, a customer of Branford — and now, Milford. “The substances are fresh new and really generally you will be served one thing imported from Italy that you are not able to come across somewhere else.”

She claimed Mongillo is “hands-on with his clientele to be absolutely sure that they appreciated their meal,” and the environment is heat, like getting with family.

“I’ve been a customer for decades and hardly ever the moment had an expertise that was everything considerably less than excellent,” she reported.

The new Italian restaurant Strega, on River Street in Milford photographed on June 18, 2021.

The new Italian cafe Strega, on River Street in Milford photographed on June 18, 2021.

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Mongillo claimed the consumers are supportive, understanding and that definitely can help him.

“I’m a minor rusty, I’m a small nervous and drained,” he reported. “They say ‘congratulations’ — I require that.”

Traci J. Lewis

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