A salmon dish at La Azogueñita Deli & Restaurant, 448 Center St., Meriden, Fri., Aug. 14, 2020. The business is opening a second location at 211 S. Colony Rd. in Wallingford on August 23. Dave Zajac, Record-Journal

6 local restaurants that opened during the pandemic

6 local restaurants that opened during the pandemic

6 local restaurants that opened during the pandemic

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Starting a new restaurant is almost always a little bit risky, but add a pandemic to the mix and it’s no small feat. Yet, some restaurant owners have taken on the challenge and opened over the summer. Here are some of the new foods you can try. 

1.Taco Pacifico, Wallingford

The owner of a longtime Mexican food truck Taco Pacifico opened a brick and mortar location on Chapel Street this month. The spot is a tortilleria and also offers takeout. 

97 Chapel St. Website. 888-789-8226.

2.Mind, Body & Soul Food, Meriden

Deja Durant, a lifelong Meriden resident, opened a new soul food takeout restaurant in July. The spot opened with lines out the door and around the corner for the first few weeks. 

511 West Main St. Website. 203-237-1080.

3.La Azogueñita Deli & Restaurant, Wallingford

After years of helping run her family’s Ecuadorian restaurant in Meriden, Stephanie Guartan opened a second location in Wallingford in August. 

211 S. Colony Rd. Website. 347-239-0783.

4.Nina’s Desi Kitchen, Southington

Atif Anwar and his wife Nina’s restaurant was only open for a week before the pandemic closed all local restaurants to dine-in customers. Although Anwar can cook all types of food— Italian, Mexican, Chinese— the couple chose to focus on Pakistani food, mixing a variety of very traditional regional dishes with newer, unique ones.

26 North Main St. Website. 860-281-1786.

5.Fuoco Apizza, Cheshire

The new apizza, which was first scheduled to open in February, features a specialized coal-fired pizza oven, flown in directly from Italy. Owner George Constanti opened Fuoco Apizza late August. 

461 West Main St. Website. 203-272-2749.

6.Nonnie’s Pies & Creations, Southington

Nella Lastrina, a Berlin resident, started making pies for friends and family, then started selling them at the Southington farmers market and the Apple Harvest Festival. This month she held a grand opening for her new bakery on Main Street.

190 Main St. Website. 860-744-4521.

Did we miss your favorite? Join our Food and Drink Facebook group and tell us your favorite new place to eat in the area!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/RJFoodDrink



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Posted by Mind, Body and Soul Food on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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