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I miss Sabia's Open Door

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Does anyone know anything about whether anyone in this Stamford, CT restaurant family is cooking anywhere in the U.S.? Anyone ever get any recipes by chance? They had the best stuffed clams, never mind the lasagne and sausage... They had a great sauce and do you think the sausage was from D'Yulio's, or homemade? Sigh.

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  1. I agree, Peliccis just doesn't measure up . . .

    1. My parents used to own the Open Door, it has been 15 years since they sold the property.
      We still make the clam stuffing and sell it. My son was 6 when they sold it, know he is into cooking, we are hoping someday to open another one.

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      1. re: mcoug

        I remember taking my mom's empty pot to the open door, to be filled up with there sauce ( gravy) . Those were the days..............

        1. re: mcoug

          WHEN? WHERE? I CAN'T BELIEVE SOMETHING SO GREAT MIGHT COME BACK.
          WHAT GREAT CHILDHOOD MEMORIES WE HAD THERE. PELICCIS, DOES NOT EVEN
          COME CLOSE.

          TEMILOVE

          1. re: mcoug

            I just saw this response nearly two years later! Where is the clam stuffing sold? Are you really considering opening something up? We have a slew of people who will come running.

            1. re: piebird

              My sister still makes the clam stuffing and sells it out of her house, can't find a place to reopen, rents to high in Stamford. My son just graduated from culinary school, but unfornutaly he is a city boy, and working in 3 star restaurants in Manhattan, tried to convince him to open a place in Fairfield County, hopefully i can change in mind, the name, Sabia's Open alone will bring people, they still remember us, thanks for still thinking of us.

              1. re: mcoug

                Now of course the question is, where can I get that clam stuffing, and can I get it for this weekend even?! I have relatives from Europe here for a week who still talk about the Open Door every time they come. Our family was there a lot together back to whenever it opened, and no "reunion" was complete without a table full of lasagne, sausage, and especially the incomparable stuffed clams for everyone, babies included. We have a memorial for our departed matriarch this weekend and what a thrilling surprise clam stuffing would be!

                1. re: mcoug

                  Also, does your sister make and sell any of the other items? (This is making me go crazy!)

                  1. re: piebird

                    I just saw this post. I have the ingredients (not the exact quantities) for stuffed clams that my deceased brother had handwritten stating this was from the Open Door. I have no idea how he got this information but I will say that one of my family members makes it for us often. Yes those were the good old days eating at the Open Door.

                  2. re: mcoug

                    I have tried so many Stuffed Clams and none compare to Sabia's!!!! I grew up going there with my family. My mother's family grew up across the street from the restaurant and also owned the store across the street (her sister and brother in law owned it). I have been saying that my mom should try to contact someone to try to get the stuffed clam recipe, as the restaurant was no longer open, but I am glad to hear you still sell it, and that you are trying to open another restaurant! Not that it will do me that much good here in Florida!!!

                    If you are ever willing to share that recipe, believe me it will not leave my household... I just want to eat the best stuffed clams I have ever had again!!!!

                    Best of luck, and keep us informed!

                    1. re: screenmonkey2099

                      I don't think they will ever give out the recipe. What I do have is the ingredients that went into the stuffed clams, but no exact quantities. If you would like to know the ingredients, I can put them on a post here. Was the store called Stillwater Market?

                      1. re: razkel

                        I want to say it was called Buzzeo's... it was across the street and a few doors over. Around 195 Stillwater. I'd love the ingredients!

                        1. re: screenmonkey2099

                          OMG I remember Buzzeo's Rose Buzzeo?
                          I don't know how close this is to the exact recipe, but I doubt they would ever send you the real recipe.
                          Saute onions and garlic. Grind filet of sole, swordfish, scallops, shrimp - add chopped or minced clams with juice (not sure if the Open Door used real clams I would imagine so) Oregano, black pepper, fresh parsely, Hard Italian Bread grated (no crust) Brown fish in oil. That's all I have. If you try it, let me know.

                          1. re: razkel

                            Yup, Rose is my aunt. My family had a couple of different convenience stores (at different times) in Greenwich.

                            If I get a chance to try it, I will let you know!

                            1. re: screenmonkey2099

                              okay let me know if you do. Where in Greenwich?

                              1. re: razkel

                                Avenue News at the bottom of Greenwich Ave in the 80s (my mom ran tge deli there and made the best meatball subs), and then Ronnie's News on US 1 just past the Avenue in the 90s. My dad also used to own Ronnie's Clothing way back when on the Avenue.

                                1. re: screenmonkey2099

                                  OMG I think I remember both places, I came from Stamford but spent alot of time in Greenwich because relatives lived there. We were just talking about meatballs at work. Last week I made a big batch and brought them in to work in a big pot with grinder rolls and that's what we had for lunch. Now today they were asking for a recipe, what recipe, it's all in my head.

              2. agreed - ziti with sausage, and i seem to recall chili sometimes? of course, the west side isnt what it used to be