i lived in and around New Haven from 1976 to 1985.
i miss several things i used to get there that are unknown where i live in Central New York.
the first thing: The Poppy Seed Rolls
these are made by a series of bakeries around the area and sold in restaurants, diners and mom & pop stores
all over town. there were different variations but generally they were an egg yellow tinted bread, shaped usually as a horn or a large bun and sometimes slightly sweetened, with a poppy seed topping.
usually, the proprietor would butter them for you (but you should use real butter). i learned to love these things. i am going to take a weekend roap trip back sometime soon and load up on them to show my friends up here what they are missing.
everyone (diners, mom & pops, ect) in New Haven also
specialized in great hard rolls with again many different varieties available.
the second thing: the New Haven Grinders
i loved the way the submarines, hoagies, or tunnels
depending on what you want to call them, were prepared in New Haven. no place i've lived or visited since did
it as good as they did.
most of the downtown Pizza-Sub-Grinder shops were Greek and most of the others which were Italian also had the same way of making grinders (the New Haven name for subs) that was the best. no matter what kind of grinder you ordered, it was baked in the Pizza oven before serving and served hot with a deliciously toasted crust and usually mozzarella cheese on top of the filling.
they perfected this oven toasted method of serving up
a grinder to an art. like no one else i've seen since.