MONROE, CT — Angelo’s Specialties carries imported meats and cheeses from Italy, as properly as home made pasta, raviolis and organic olive oil. Its meat situation is crammed with new cuts of steak, selfmade sausage and a floor beef combine with veal and pork for much better tasting meatballs.
“We have good excellent foodstuff and taste,” Angelo Competiello stated of the prepared foodstuff. “We make it the aged fashioned way.”
Competiello co-owns Angelo’s Specialties with Rigo Carranza and Juan Velasquez. They have a keep at 120 New Canaan Ave. in Norwalk and not too long ago opened a 2nd location at 292 Elm St. in Monroe right after Gaetano’s Deli shut.
Velasquez experienced labored at Gaetano’s from 2009 to 2016, in advance of getting a husband or wife at Angelo’s Specialties two decades ago. It was Velasquez who inspired Competiello and Carranza to go after the Monroe locale.
“I know the consumers. I’m really friendly with most people,” Velasquez claimed of his familiarity with Monroe. “When Gaetano’s closed, I instructed them, ‘let’s go. I know all people there.’”
Velasquez reported Angelo’s Specialties has Gaetano’s old kitchen crew, but their chef, Carranza, experienced them on getting ready A.S.’s meals. Since they opened the Monroe retailer four months back, Velasquez mentioned townspeople have embraced it.
“We’ve gotten five star testimonials on line, mainly because they say the meatballs are remarkable,” he explained. “The limited ribs, almost everything they see, they acquire it quick.”
“We get a great deal of repeat customers,” Competiello explained.
New York roots
The late Anthony Scicchitano opened the A&S Pork Keep on 5th Avenue in Brooklyn in 1948. Competiello bought a career there as a youthful guy in 1972.
“When I was 14-a long time-aged, I was washing dishes and worked my way up,” Competiello recalled, “and I’m continue to washing dishes,” he added with a chuckle.
Competiello and his brother, Joe, owned an A&S Pork Retail outlet in Yonkers in 1980. From there, he reported it turned A.S. Fine Foodstuff, then A.S. Specialties, which opened in Norwalk in 1992.
“Our contemporary bread and most of our food stuff hails from the Bronx and Brooklyn, just a handful of short miles down the road!” it says on the Norwalk store’s internet site. “We also aspect imported and domestic groceries, and we make our sauces, soups, mozzarella, and burrata in-property, which is why so many patrons say it’s the very best they’ve ever had!”
Aside from cabinets stocked with grocery things, Angelo’s Specialties is a full-assistance Italian delicatessen. A glass case has pre-manufactured salads. Prosciutto di Parma, soppressata and capocollo cling from the ceiling by the entrance counter in the Monroe keep.
Catering is a significant aspect of A.S. Specialties’ enterprise. The staff prepares appetizers, sandwich platters, and sizzling beef, chicken and seafood dishes for any celebration. The sandwiches are produced with specifically baked bread from two-to-7 ft long.
The store is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday by means of Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
A Monroe welcome
A ribbon chopping ceremony held Monday night time celebrated Angelo’s Specialties’ new keep. Guests mingled above appetizers and wine, before To start with Selectman Ken Kellogg did the honors with a giant pair of scissors.
“We desire you quite a few years of success,” Kellogg claimed, including how thrilled all people was when the specialty foods retailer opened in Gaetano’s previous house. “We ended up confused when we read you ended up coming here to fill this location.”
Ray Giovanni, president of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Economic Advancement Fee, also attended the ceremony together with many Chamber and EDC members.
Kellogg said the business enterprise has their aid, as effectively as that of William Holsworth, the town’s group and financial recovery coordinator.
Giovanni mentioned how Angelo’s Specialties has obtained rave opinions previously. “I think you’re going to get some momentum,” he explained.