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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I stopped here on our way through Waterbury, looking for an Italian grinder to eat at lunch. We ordered a whole steak & cheese; and opted for the peppers, onions, and mushrooms as an up-charge. On the positive side is the fact...that the portions are generous, filling the hoagie bun. There was more steak than cheese, but whatever herb/spice (sage?) was used in the preparation of the onions and peppers was repellent to our tastes. Having worked in a laboratory for a few decades where organic solvents are used, the vegetables tasted as if xylene was present. Organic chemical studies have shown that three chemicals dominate the flavor spectrum which are, in rank order, α-thujone, camphor, and 1,8-cineole. Thujone is a monoterpene (think turpentine) and may have been responsible for the flavor imparted to the peppers and onions. Hence, our rating is based on our palate and not necessarily on the palates in the kitchen.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed January 19, 2022 via mobile

I ordered an Italian Combo and when I got home it had no meat whatsoever. It was a veggie now! Way to make extra money Nardelli’s.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed July 29, 2021

I am a big Nardelli's fan, and have been one since I was young, when I went to the original one in the South End of Waterbury. The Wallingford Nardelli's is awesome still, but the Waterbury one falls short...way short. Chicken cutlet grinder was soggy...(the chicken). Saw the guy nuke it before putting it on the bread, so it could have been a leftover from someone eles's lunch. This one is right off I-84, so they probably figure they have a captive audience of out-of-towners, so they don't have to impress anyone. There are plenty better places to get a grinder in Waterbury for sure.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 16, 2021

Nardelli’s is the best! Their food is amazing and customer service has always been great but I have to shout out the Waterbury location! I showed up for my food at 7:55pm when they close at 8, they were pleasant and quick with making my...food. I used an online service to order and the general manager, Dave, went out of his way to tell me I could save money by ordering directly at the store. He was so kind and accommodating even with me coming in at the last minute. It was instantly clear that his team had the right attitude because he does and it starts from the top! Everyone should give Nardelli’s their business, especially the Waterbury location!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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NardellisCT, Agency / Consultant at Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2021

Thank you, Kim! We are thrilled to hear about your wonderful experience while visiting our Waterbury store. We will always do our best to make sure you find something you love. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again, soon!

Reviewed June 14, 2020

This used to be the "go to" place for sandwiches but not anymore. The sandwich size recently decreased significantly and prices have gone up big-time. As for the taste? Average. I will seek out alternatives at this point.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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NardellisCT, Agency / Consultant at Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2020

Dave, we are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your latest visit to Nardelli's. We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to pass this along to our staff to make them aware. In the meantime, we would like to make things better. What...More

Reviewed January 12, 2020

top notch deli excellent grinder and eggplant parm was delish!!Service was great and the staff was super polite.Place was clean and inviting.

Date of visit: December 2019
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NardellisCT, Agency / Consultant at Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2020

Grazie, Guy! We are thrilled to hear about your wonderful experience. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again, soon!

Reviewed October 30, 2019 via mobile

There is a reason Nardelli’s has been voted the best grinder shoppe in CT for several years. It is because nobody can beat it. The food is fresh, the sandwiches are huge, and service is excellent.

Date of visit: July 2019
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NardellisCT, Agency / Consultant at Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2020

Thank you, Brian! We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again, soon!

Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

Fresh food great service always top notch. I can always count on a great quality meal. However if you could lower your prices that would be wonderful

Date of visit: May 2019
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NardellisCT, Agency / Consultant at Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2020

Grazie, David! We look forward to serving you again, soon!

Reviewed April 24, 2019 via mobile

This was my fifth different Nardelli’s location to visit (Milford, Meriden, Oxford, and Naugatuck). I found this one right off I-84. Walking inside, you place your order at the counter. This time I had the Turkey Club Nardelli Style half grinder ($6.79) and a small...garden salad ($4). The half grinder was stuffed with turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and hot sauce. It was filling and delicious. I ended up taking the small salad home. Super friendly staff and clean dining area.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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NardellisCT, Agency / Consultant at Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2020

We are thrilled to hear about your wonderful experience, CT-Cruisers! We look forward to serving you again, soon. GRAZIE!~

Reviewed March 19, 2019

Nardelli's is a staple in this area. They have expanded to some other towns around here. They serve a wonderful grinder/sandwich, hor or cold. They are famous for their fast, friendly service. Try the macaroni salad--it is a great side.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed January 28, 2019

I'm sorry, but I really do not get what the hype is all about Nardelli's. I finally had the chance to try them out, after reading and seeing so much about the deli. The place is nice, clean and spacious but the grinders were not...all that. The bread was good, but oversized and too soft for my liking. We got the famous Italian, there really wasn't much taste to it, and the pastrami grinder was good, but it was so rich that after a few bites I couldn't eat anymore.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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NardellisCT, Owner at Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2019

Thank you for sharing this feedback with us, atastefortravels! We are happy to heard that you've stopped in and decided to give us a try. Both our Italian Combo and Pastrami Grinders are fan-favorites, and it's not often we hear that they weren't enjoyed! We...More

Reviewed January 1, 2019 via mobile

I’m a CT native living in CO. The one thing I haven’t been able to find in co is a good grinder. Every time I come back to CT, I have to stop to get a stuffed pastrami, rice pudding, and a birch beer from...Nardellis. And I am never disappointed. The food and service are always amazing! The chicken parm and tiramisu are also high on my recommendation list. Now please open a chain put in northern Colorado!!More

Date of visit: December 2018
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NardellisCT, Owner at Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share this wonderful review with us, 980abbyl! We are so happy to hear that you still find your way back to us for your grinder fix. We will certainly keep Northern Colorado in mind as a potential spot...More

Reviewed December 9, 2018

We stopped here on our way home last night as we had a 2 hour drive and were hungry, but only had about 10 minutes to grab something - this definitely beats other fast food options. It's easy to get right off 84 when you're...heading west. It only took a few minutes for them to make our sandwich to order and we were out the door. It was so much better than I expected - Italian combo sub perfection. Highly recommend - can't believe we haven't every stopped here given all the times we've done this trip. Now we know. We will be back again to try the chicken parm grinder and another Italian combo.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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NardellisCT, Owner at Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to write this awesome review for us, Tracy! We're so glad you decided to stop by on your travels in CT. Our Italian Combo Grinder is a classic, and we're happy to hear you enjoyed it. Next time you stop...More

Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

I always try to eat local when traveling and found this grinder shop on TripAdvisor. Hefty and tasty sandwiches as well as other great menu items. The Italian Combo was very good but next time I will add hot peppers. Fresh crusty bread with plenty...of meat. Even at around $10 this full sized sandwich is a very good value compared to the. Chains and their substandard ingredients? I recommend you check it out!More

Date of visit: October 2018
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NardellisCT, Owner at Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Hi Jonathan, We're so glad you found us and decided to give us a try! Our Italian Combo Grinder is a classic, and hot peppers would be a tasty addition for sure. We appreciate your business and hope to serve you again soon. Thanks for...More

Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

My brother comes in from CA and this is our first stop! Best bread, sandwiches piled high (we always get the Italian combo) but don’t pass by the eggplant park and the amazing side dishes in the deli case too fast! And grab a cannoli...(or two) on your way out! Another easy on-easy off 84! Must stop!!More

Date of visit: August 2018
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NardellisCT, Owner at Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2018

Hi 3WhiteK, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this awesome review! We're so glad to hear that this is the first stop for you and your brother. Great choices of the Italian Combo and cannoli's! We appreciate your business and...More

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Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5