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italian hero in hartford

jefpen2 Jul 28, 2010 08:34 AM

I'm headed down to D&D for some sausage and other stuff. Do they do sandwiches? I'm looking for a real italian sub.

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    foodwallguy Feb 21, 2011 06:56 AM

    The only Italian hero in Hartford is Geno Auriemma. As for the grinder, It's Maple.

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      AdamD Feb 23, 2011 05:54 PM

      Brilliant comment re hero. No mention of Blaine Stoughton? hahaha

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        foodwallguy Mar 4, 2011 05:11 AM

        Thanks. Funny you mentioned Stoughton from the Whale. I was originally hoping Kevin Dineen or Ron Francis had some Paisan in them!

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          lobsta1 Mar 5, 2011 03:57 PM

          I think Ray Ferraro was the only Piasan...I remember stopping at FGG when driving back to Wethersfield after the Whalers game.. Italian combo with extra peppers

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      AdamD Feb 21, 2011 04:05 AM

      Franklin Giant Grinders to me means hot grinders. I visited there a couple of times in the last few months and they are as great as I remember. Chicken parm, pepper and egg, and sausage and peppers.

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        joaniebaby Dec 1, 2010 11:30 AM

        To the OP; yes, D & D makes grinders and they are GOOD, especially the Italian combo.

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          riffjamer Nov 30, 2010 05:25 PM

          gabagool, you don't want much meat? go to Subway. cheaper too, all around.

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            ratbuddy Dec 1, 2010 02:46 PM

            He said he wants 'great bread, with high quality cold cuts,' and that definitely rules out Subway which has neither.

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              gabagool Feb 22, 2011 02:36 PM

              Thank you Rat buddy. Exactly.

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            brookerme Jul 29, 2010 09:24 AM

            Franklin Giant, Maple and Corner really load on the meat and I frequent all 3. For a take out grinder though I'm hooked on LaRosa (on Brown St. just off Franklin Ave) because they use a chewier bread than the others.

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              gabagool Oct 3, 2010 10:35 AM

              I have a question. I REALLY have to ask WHY there are so many fans of a grinder that is STACKED high with cold cuts?

              I never could stand those sandwiches. One because the cold cuts are NOT the best or close to the best, and two cause there was NO BALANCE between the cc and the bread (and the bread is nothing to write home about also).

              Is it a case of people just wanting QUANTITY? I can't think of any other reason. I would MUCH rather have great bread, with high quality cold cuts.....paper thin and layered with proper balance..........or am I just out in left field??? Thanks.

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                Td61 Oct 3, 2010 10:54 AM

                I'm with you.
                I've tried FGG and it was very good, but over the top with the meat.
                Still very enjoyable!

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                  kattyeyes Oct 3, 2010 02:24 PM

                  That's just how I grew up with grinders--straight from my Poppy's store and also on Franklin Ave. When I make sandwiches at home, I never pile them that high...think of them as the Italian equivalent of pastrami sandwiches stacked insanely high in any good Jewish deli.

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                    bagelman01 Oct 3, 2010 03:29 PM

                    I also grew up with grinders or deli sandwiches where the meat was the attraction, not the bread. I always say that I need just enough bread to keep my fringers dry.

                    In the 1970s I worked for a Jewish wholesale bakery (note the user name) that supplied rye bread and rolls to many CT kosher delis. In summer when the heat would cause the bread to rise so much as to be oversized, we'd get calls from deli owners complaining that there customers were accusing them on being stingy with the meat.

                    As far as I am concerned, a good Italian grinder should have at least 8oz of meat, then the rest.
                    I also agree that Maple Giant is the best in the neighborhood..............

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                      Waquoit Oct 4, 2010 05:51 AM

                      My favorite Italian grinder in the area is from Italian Kitchen on Center St. in Manchester, CT. The Capacola grinder is just perfect.

                      Italian Kitchen
                      206 W Center St, Manchester, CT 06040

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                        gabagool Feb 22, 2011 02:36 PM

                        And i enjoy it more than Giant grinder. A sandwich MUST have BALANCE....its as essential as ANY dish. Proper balance or BREAD, meat, and condiments. I would think that is a given.

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                ratbuddy Jul 28, 2010 07:12 PM

                Check out Corner Grinder, 200 Franklin Ave. Best grinders in the neighborhood.

                Corner Grinder Shop
                200 Franklin Ave, Hartford, CT 06114

                1. junescook Jul 28, 2010 11:35 AM

                  When I was working in Hartford. Franklin Giant Grinder is the place we always went to get them. The sandwiches are enormous, the meat piled high, almost like the meat in NY deli sandwiches. and it is all authentic, dressed with lettuce, tomato, provolone and loive oil, not some silly sauce.


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                    kattyeyes Jul 28, 2010 11:54 AM

                    Growing up, Franklin Giant was the place for me, too...but these days I think Maple is even better...equally stacked high with cold cuts, just like my grandfather made 'em back in the day--so big you can barely get yer mouth around 'em. That's how we roll in Hartford's Little Italy.

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                      aldente1 Feb 20, 2011 05:15 PM

                      This used to be good many years ago. I went there last week and ordered an eggplant grinder. It was not good.

                      Franklin Giant Grinder & Pizza Shop
                      464 Franklin Ave, Hartford, CT 06114

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                      Jason1 Jul 28, 2010 08:39 AM

                      Can anyone translate this?

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                        kattyeyes Jul 28, 2010 08:46 AM

                        Hey, Jason, I think I can! ;)

                        jefpen2, if you mean D&D in Hartford, Connecticut, I can help. Not sure if they make grinders (your hero = our grinder), but Maple Giant Grinder has long been a favorite of mine and it's in the same neighborhood.

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                          HungryInRowayton Jul 28, 2010 10:51 AM

                          Allegro Cafe, a storefront just down Franklin Ave. is also great (for grinders and otherwise).

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                          BiscuitBoy Jul 28, 2010 11:21 AM

                          Hmm, funny, jefpen2 says hero <i>and</i> sub...Another vote for Giant

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                            jefpen2 Jul 28, 2010 11:26 AM

                            I grew up in ny/nj spent time in philly now in vt - hero, hogie, sub, blimp, grinder, - i'm always confused!

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                              HungryInRowayton Jul 28, 2010 11:30 AM

                              let's just go with "elongated sandwich"

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