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Jun 1, 2009 07:46 AM

"Eating Connecticut"

Hey fellow hounders...just a heads up. CPTV will be airing a new episode of Eating Connecticut this Thursday (June 4) at 8:30PM I believe. Jason Hawkins and crew will be in Waterbury, of all places! Some of the featured restaurants include La Tavola, Lisboa, and Nardelli's. I know almost nothing about this area so it should be interesting.

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  1. Thanks for the advance notice! La Tavola (thanks to this site) is my new favorite restaurant in Connecticut. Can't wait to see this new episode.

    Here's a program guide. Waterbury's not listed (yet), but I will check the schedule next time I turn on the TV:

    Where are you finding the featured Wtby restaurants--I can't seem to do the same.

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      Jason Hawkins works out at the same gym as I do. He usually lets me know what they are planning.

      1. re: thos

        Cool. Keep those tips coming, please! :) According to my online TV grid, Eating Connecticut will air this Thursday at 8:30 p.m. just as you said. Unfortunately, it doesn't say anything about Waterbury (there's no clickable info), but at least I can flag it now that you've let us know. Thanks again!

    2. I think Waterbury is the only place where you can find Peruvian Chicken places. Mark my words - within 10 years there will be Peruvian Chicken places all around us - Peruvian Chicken (cooked on a spit w/ Peruvian spices) is one of the greatest foods in the world.

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      1. re: RatherBeFishing

        I don't know about Peruvian chicken, but there are certainly more Peruvian restaurants around now than ever before (I guess any number above zero equals more!). I honestly never even heard of any till a couple of years ago...had you?

        1. re: kattyeyes

          I first started hearing about Peruvian restaurants and Peruvian chicken places a couple of years ago too. When is was in the Baltimore/Washington area there were Peruvian restaurants and a number of little (take out mostly) places where you can usually get a half chicken normally with a couple of sides such as friend yukka, plantains, beans...and the like. They also usually carried Inca sodas. I believe that is the "thing of the future" for this area too soon - little take out joints that have Peruvian chicken cooked on spits with those mouth watering Peruvian spices. It makes me want to drive up to Waterbury right now. Maybe I will - tomorrow for lunch! I'm sure they must have Peruvian chicken take out places around NYC.

          1. re: RatherBeFishing

            Wonder if they substitute chicken for cuy?!?!

        2. re: RatherBeFishing

          There is one in New Haven that I know of, Machu Pichu .

          1. re: RatherBeFishing

            What/where are these Peruvian Chicken places? Can you recommend any?

          2. I saw the show last night and have been to a few of those places. I don't live in Waterbury but there are many good places to eat up that way. I like the show "Eating CT"!!!!

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            1. re: javaandjazz

              Darn it! I forgot about watching this show last night. I really wanted to see it. Maybe they'll rerun it at some point.

              1. re: javaandjazz


                Me, too...but this just underlines the fact you've gotta get to La Tavola. ;) I know you had a tough time getting in one night, but I strongly recommend making a reservation and trying again. I've only been twice so far, but loved it both times.

                I enjoy"Eating CT," but wish they'd keep the focus on food and spend less time on what else you could see in the area. Example in last night's episode--it was interesting to hear "how Mickey Mouse saved Waterbury," but I would have enjoyed it more as a really quick sidebar...and that would have given us more time to hear/learn about some of the restaurants they flashed only briefly on the screen with address and phone number. Anatolia was one of these. Having been to La Tavola, I would have loved to hear about those beautiful dishes they showed rather than just see video of them.

                I knew nothing of Drescher's and found its history very interesting. Has anyone been for German food? I did find it interesting to see Jason eat quail!

                How 'bout Nardelli's? I've heard of it for years (billboards on 84), but haven't gone. They certainly build a giant grinder and their "special mix" of "stuff" they put on it looked tasty...and are of the size my grandparents used to crank out in their deli way back in the day.

                How about their pizza picks? Agree/disagree? I haven't tried either.

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  I really like Ami's bagels. Don't get them all the time but when I am up that way and remember I do. Sweet Maria's is good too. I thought their cookies are much better than regular bakery cookies. I haven't gotten a cake there yet so I can't comment on them. Bacco's is very good, their pizza is very good also. I have never had a disappointing meal there yet. I like one of the waitstaff there also, she is very direct and snappy and keeps you on your toes. She reminds me of Betty Davis! Very nice lady! I wish I knew her name.

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    Since our lunch at La Tavola, yesterday, I think they need to come back and do it justice! I will post my take on the three hour meal soon!