Easter is approaching and the restaurant and deli business is looking significantly different from last year. Many food businesses struggled getting through the first major holiday following the lockdown last spring.
Filipek’s in Meriden is seeing a complete change in business compared to last year.
“Last year was terrible,” said David Martorelli, husband of owner Cindy Kenealy. “People still came and we brought out their orders to their car, but not as much. This year we have lines out the door every day.”
Filipek’s is known for serving kielbasa sausage and pierogies along with other traditional polish meals for the holiday. Customers can call ahead and pre-order larger meals or go to the business for smaller orders.
V Czapiga & Son is another popular place to order Easter dinners. They had a hard time last year but co-owner Walter Paluszewski said this year is much better.
“This year, it’s definitely looking better than last year,” he said. “Orders are still coming in, there are too many to count, which is good.”
Paluszewski said he and his wife have been working late to fill orders of kielbasa, babka and pierogies. Although it isn’t necessary to pre-order, the co-owner said many people have been in fear of the restaurant running out.
Other places offering Easter dinner:
Noacks – 1112 E. Main St. Meriden – Noacks is offering kielbasa and ham for Easter Sunday. Customers are encouraged to pre-order by calling 203-235-7384.
Ragozzino’s Deli and Catering – 245 Summer St. Southington – Ragozzino’s is accepting orders for kielbasa, stuffed bread, basket cheese and catering trays. Call 860-621-6979.
Gaetano’s Tavern – 40 N. Main St. Wallingford – The restaurant will be offering family style ham dinners for pick up for up to four people. The sides include sweet potato puree with marshmallow topping and green beans. Customers also have the option to order from main menu, special Easter menu or off site menu. Ham dinners must be pre-ordered by April 1. Call 203-294-1114.
Paul Gregory’s Bistro Cafe – 148 Center St. Southington – This cafe is offering an extensive Easter menu including different stuffed breads, main dishes including ham and different pastries for dessert. Orders can be picked up or delivered. Call 860-621-9999 to place orders.
Lyman Orchards – 32 Reeds Gap Road. Middlefield – Lyman Orchards will be offering a meal for $79.99 for a family of four. The meal includes a ham or turkey breast with a choice of sides and pies for dessert. Customers can place orders online or by calling 860-349-6000.
Lyman Orchards – Lyman Orchards will also be selling an Easter cupcake decorating kit. The kit includes 6 vanilla cupcakes, royal pink frosting and colored sprinkles and mini candies. The kits are $12.99 each.
Nonnie’s Pies and Creations – 190 Main St. Southington – The bakery hours have been extended ahead of the holiday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Customers can choose from a variety of cakes, pies, and cupcakes. One of the pies includes an Italian Easter Rice pie. Call 860-620-9000 or stop by the bakery to place orders.
Rogers Orchards – 2876 Meriden-Waterbury Rd. and 336 Long Bottom Rd., Southington – Customers can choose between a variety of flavors of 6- and 10-inch baked pies. Some flavors include apple, peach and blueberry. The salesroom is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for in-store and curbside pickup.
New England Muffin Factory – 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, The muffin factory is accepting preorders for specialty lemon coconut muffins, scones and decorated cookies. Call 860-628-7700 to place an order.
According to the state’s website, indoor gatherings at private residences are capped at 25 people and outdoor gatherings are capped at 100 people. Everyone should maintain social distancing and wear masks when not eating.