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Apr 3, 2006 05:39 PM

Franklin Ave Hartford CT

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I know this is a great foodie street, but I've never explored it much. Any suggestions? I have been to Roscoe's and this weekend to the bakery for a gelato


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  1. You're on the right path by the fact that you've already gone to Rosco's and Mozzicato's.

    Mozzicato's cafe is awesome for a connoli or whatever in the evening. cheap too.


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    1. re: smalley1213

      I'm a fan of La Fonda for Colombian food. Hefty bacon, plantains, beans and rice, arepas, very affordable. Great cumin-heavy sausage, too.

      Also, if you really want interesting sausage, Europa is a Bosnian place that has great homemade sausage sandwiches.

      1. re: smalley1213

        Mozzicato's also is the source for some great Italian the pine nut ones especially.

      2. c

        If you want awesome huge sandwiches, go to Franklin's Giant Grinders, I highly recommend the chicken cutlet (though make sure you get extra sauce, ive had it be kinda dry cause there is so much chicken), also the italian combo is great... make sure you dont order a full unless you got a huge appetite!
        Also, there is Carbone's right around there, though im not sure whether it is actually on Franklin or not

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        1. re: chefboudreaux

          have to disagree on this one. FGG seems to have changed hands in recent times and is now VERY DIRTY and sandwich quality hovers around average or slightly below.

          1. re: jim

            Have to re-disagree. I went this Thursday with a group from work and everyone was happy. Chicken cutlet and Capicola were big favorites. The out-of-towners in the group were very impressed (and full).

        2. You have gotten some great recommendations. A few more to consider:

          On Franklin, I've had some great shrimp dishes at Chef Eugene; they have a whole section of them on the menu. Shish Kebab House of Afganistan is good too.

          In the same neighborhood, on the next street over, Wethersfield Ave, you'll find Costa del Sol, which is fantastic and one of my favorite restaurants. Also on Wethersfield Ave is La Casona, focusing on South American cuisine. Our dining experiences have been a little uneven there, but the cerviche is outstanding and keeps me going back.

          There are so many places... have fun!

          1. Chale Impanema on Franklin is Brazilian...good Caiprenhas...

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            1. re: Leo

              sorry, what is Caiprenhas? thanks

              1. re: Lisa

                Caiprinhas.....It's a potent cocktail...along the lines of a Mojito...but made with Cachaca....a liquor made from sugar cane,, club soda and not much else....

                1. re: Leo

                  Thanks, sounds great for the summer, if it ever gets here...

              2. re: Leo

                Chale Ipanema has new owners

              3. For grocery stores, there is DiBacco, which has everthing you could possibly want for dried pasta, canned goods including San Marzano tomatoes, wonderful Italian tuna fish in olive oil, bread, desserts, an assortment of cheeses, pizza and grinders. They also carry pasta machines and espresso makers. You cannot go wrong here. I don't know their address, but they are far down the Avenue, closer to the Wethersfield line. They are in the phone book.

                It's a great, friendly, welcoming family. You can ask them any question, and they are happy to answer.

                Good luck.

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                1. re: Lucie

                  An update, both Roscoe's and Shish Kebab House of Afganistan have moved off Franklin Avenue. The latter has been replaced by Tropical Mist which offers offers fare from Guyana and the West Indies. We were the only customers on a recent Friday afternoon and our chicken curry and vegetarian dinners were very disappointing. No luncheon menu offered, but prices were reasonable.