I stopped off Route 8 to sneak around Waterbury traffic and saw the "Homemade Ravioli" sign on a storefront window. I pulled in to pick some up for the home freezer, and saw it's actually a small, 15 table, white tablecloth Italian restaurant.
Wow, did this place have it all. The food on everyone's tables looked outstanding. Bulbous raviolis on wide plates with deep red sauce. Thick chops.
They offer a small menu of a few apps and salads, about 10 menu entrees, a half dozen entree specials plus 4 or 5 ravioli specials, and very good prices -- $13-18 entrees. I like small menus. Shows they're focused on a few fresh quality items. They're open for dinner only on Wed-Sat, and lunch Wed-Fri, which I found charming and promising.
I met Donna Grillo the owner who took my to-go order. She was so pleasant as she packaged up my to-go stuff. I got some frozen raviolis of various fillings and a quart of sauce. They've been around for five years, everything fresh made on premises. She's working on a getting a cookbook published, the manuscript was under the counter.
I met one of the patrons sitting at a deuce near the door as Donna went to the back to make change for me. They said they've eaten there twice a week for two years. The chef makes off-menu requests for them. I definitely want to put in the time at Donna's tables to get that kind of treatment.
I got home 30 minutes later, and cracked open the quart of red sauce from my package. Perfect stuff. I now realize how stupid I was earlier when Donna said, "I've got a lasagna coming out of the oven -- you want a serving of that to go?" and I declined. Like turning down a date with Jessica Alba.
I'm heading there asap for a meal. Has anyone been?
384 North Main St.
Naugatuck, CT 06770