Angelo’s Specialties: Authentic Italian foodstuff, correct right here on Elm Street

MONROE, CT — Angelo’s Specialties carries imported meats and cheeses from Italy, as perfectly as selfmade pasta, raviolis and natural and organic olive oil. Its meat scenario is filled with refreshing cuts of steak, selfmade sausage and a ground beef combine with veal and pork for better tasting meatballs.

“We have excellent top quality food stuff and taste,” Angelo Competiello explained of the geared up food items. “We make it the old fashioned way.”

Competiello co-owns Angelo’s Specialties with Rigo Carranza and Juan Velasquez. They have a retailer at 120 New Canaan Ave. in Norwalk and lately opened a next spot at 292 Elm St. in Monroe right after Gaetano’s Deli shut.

Velasquez experienced labored at Gaetano’s from 2009 to 2016, in advance of starting to be a associate at Angelo’s Specialties two a long time back. It was Velasquez who encouraged Competiello and Carranza to pursue the Monroe site.

Angelo’s Specialties carries organic olive oil.

“I know the prospects. I’m truly friendly with most people,” Velasquez claimed of his familiarity with Monroe. “When Gaetano’s closed, I told them, ‘let’s go. I know everybody there.’”

Velasquez mentioned Angelo’s Specialties has Gaetano’s old kitchen crew, but their chef, Carranza, trained them on getting ready A.S.’s meals. Since they opened the Monroe retailer four weeks back, Velasquez claimed townspeople have embraced it.

“We’ve gotten five star opinions on the internet, since they say the meatballs are remarkable,” he claimed. “The brief ribs, every thing they see, they just take it quick.”

“We get a whole lot of repeat consumers,” Competiello explained.

New York roots

Angelo’s Specialties place out a unfold of appetizers and had a wine desk for the duration of a celebration of its new Monroe area Monday.

The late Anthony Scicchitano opened the A&S Pork Shop on 5th Avenue in Brooklyn in 1948. Competiello received a career there as a youthful man in 1972.

“When I was 14-a long time-previous, I was washing dishes and labored my way up,” Competiello recalled, “and I’m nevertheless washing dishes,” he additional with a chuckle.

Competiello and his brother, Joe, owned an A&S Pork Keep in Yonkers in 1980. From there, he stated it turned A.S. Great Meals, then A.S. Specialties, which opened in Norwalk in 1992.

“Our contemporary bread and most of our food hails from the Bronx and Brooklyn, just a number of brief miles down the road!” it says on the Norwalk store’s internet site. “We also feature imported and domestic groceries, and we make our sauces, soups, mozzarella, and burrata in-home, which is why so numerous patrons say it is the most effective they’ve at any time experienced!”

Aside from cabinets stocked with grocery goods, Angelo’s Specialties is a full-assistance Italian delicatessen. A glass circumstance has pre-designed salads. Prosciutto di Parma, soppressata and capocollo dangle from the ceiling by the entrance counter in the Monroe retail outlet.

Catering is a major portion of A.S. Specialties’ small business. The staff members prepares appetizers, sandwich platters, and very hot beef, rooster and seafood dishes for any situation. The sandwiches are produced with specifically baked bread from two-to-7 ft lengthy.

The retailer is open up from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday via Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

A Monroe welcome

Previn Patel, left, at a ribbon chopping for Angelo’s Specialties with, from still left, owners Rigo Carranza, Angelo Competiello and Juan Velasquez, Initially Selectman Ken Kellogg, Ray Giovanni, Wendy Grasso and Lee Hossler.

A ribbon reducing ceremony held Monday evening celebrated Angelo’s Specialties’ new retail outlet. Friends mingled more than appetizers and wine, right before Initial Selectman Ken Kellogg did the honors with a big pair of scissors.

“We desire you quite a few years of success,” Kellogg stated, including how fired up everybody was when the specialty foods store opened in Gaetano’s aged room. “We ended up overwhelmed when we listened to you were coming right here to fill this place.”

Ray Giovanni, president of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Financial Enhancement Fee, also attended the ceremony along with several Chamber and EDC users.

Kellogg claimed the business has their help, as effectively as that of William Holsworth, the town’s neighborhood and economic recovery coordinator.

Giovanni observed how Angelo’s Specialties has obtained rave critiques now. “I think you’re going to get some momentum,” he claimed.

For information and facts on Angelo’s Specialties, take a look at its web page and Fb website page, call the shop at 203-220-8273 or mail an e-mail to [email protected]