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Dig In: Experts Name Four Stratford Eateries Among Best In State

The new Cricket Car Hop opened in Stratford under sunny skies in 2017. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Milanno Ukehaxhaj, co-owner of Gaetano's Deli in Stratford, greets a customer at the shop's grand opening at a new location. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
PizzaCo even has a vintage truck parked outside its Stratford Avenue site. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Cibus Latin Fusion opened in 2016. Photo Credit: Facebook

STRATFORD, Conn. — From long dogs to Latin American, Stratford was well represented in Connecticut Magazine’s expert poll of Best Restaurants 2018.

Four town eateries placed among the top picks for a nosh across the Nutmeg state.

The reimagined Cricket Car Hop made the cut for Best New Restaurant, joining the ranks with Westport’s Amis Trattoria and Taproot of Bethel among others.

“My childhood spot that had closed and recently returned!” gushed YouTube food critic Daym Drops.

Cibus of Stratford was named one of nine Best Latin American/Spanish spots, sharing the spotlight with Danbury’s Planeta Brazil, Valencia Luncheria in Norwalk and Cactus Rose of Wilton.

In the Best Pizza category — always a tough one in Connecticut — newcomer PizzaCo of Stratford ranked up with Brick + Wood of Fairfield, Colony Grill, Letizia’s Pizza and Fat Cat Pie Co. of Norwalk and perennial favorite Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana.

Always busy Gaetano’s took top honors for Best Deli, along with A&S Italian Fine Foods of Fairfield, Harbor Harvest and Sierra Delicatessen of Norwalk and Wilton Deli.

“Gaetano’s is the perfect Italian deli,” said contributor James Gribbon. “Select from an overhead menu of sandwich options and you can’t go wrong, but dream up anything you want, and you can have it. The prepared food case is stocked with pasta dishes, cured olives, stuffed filets, and anything else they feel like making, and the shelves are lined with ingredients for Italian cooking. Get the Mecoman sub and thank me later.”

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