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New to town, and to the Taste of Manchester this year, is Mike’s Pizzeria, which is located at 267 East Center Street. Owner Matt Barry opened the pizzeria last July as a tribute to his late grandfather, Mike Massaro, who owned a pizza place in Manchester for decades. . .more


New York native Steve DiGiorgio has brought New York style bagels to the City of Village Charm. He opened Steve’s Bagels in the former Sugar Shack on Center Street at the end of 2015, and Manchester residents have been talking about it since…more


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When you hear “La Bamba,” no doubt the traditional Mexican folk song popularized by Ritchie Valens strikes up in your brain. Now you can visit La Bamba, the Mexican restaurant that opened recently on Hartford Road. And you can sample their food at this year’s Taste of Manchester, taking place on Tuesday, May 12th . . .more



If you are a Connecticut taco fan, you’re undoubtedly familiar with Flaco, the Lucky Taco truck, which rambles around Bushnell Park on weekday afternoons. But if you’re not free to chase food trucks in the afternoon, it’s no longer a problem. Lucky Taco Cantina and Tap Room is now open on Main Street in Manchester. And they are participating in their first Taste of Manchester this year.  Taco lovers rejoice! . . . more



Think you need to go to Franklin Avenue to purchase great Italian meats, cheeses, espressos and pastries? Think again. In the Strano Bakery building on Broad Street, you’ll find a hidden treasure – La Via del Gusto, an Italian cafe, bakery, deli and market, right here in Manchester, CT. . . more



You’ve heard of the microbrewery. But did you know there are breweries that create even fresher, more seasonal, more specialized beers? These are known as “nanobreweries,” and there is one right here in Manchester, Connecticut, located in the old mills on Hilliard Street. It’s Top Shelf Brewing Company. . . more



“Eat At Rocco’s.” That’s not just the website address; it’s our advice to you, as Rocco’s is the place to be most nights, including the night of the Taste of Manchester. In fact, Rocco’s has been a part of the TOM since the very beginning, and is one of the four Golden Ticket locations in this year’s event. Always showing great support of community events, the staff at Rocco’s is committed to giving back whenever, and however, they can, having donated thousands of dollars to local non-profit organizations . . . more



Everyone knows that The Hungry Tiger, which features live music every night of the week, is the best live music venue in the area. But not everyone knows that the food at The Hungry Tiger is as great as it is, and that’s a shame. The fact is that the father of Don (the current chef/owner) was a local chef who ran restaurants in Manchester from the 1950’s until he retired in 1999. It was in 1982 that he opened The Hungry Tiger and brought Don in to work with him. Don took over upon his father’s retirement, and this month the place celebrates its 32ndanniversary.  And in the restaurant world, that’s quite a feat . . .more



We were thrilled to discover Hartford Road Pizza during the 2012 Taste of Manchester event, and it has been part of our local restaurant repertoire ever since. And really, that’s what the Taste of Manchester is all about — having the opportunity to discover, or re-discover, all the local gems we are so fortunate to have right here in the City of Village Charm. … more



Antonio’s Pizza & Restaurant was one of the first places to participate in the Taste of Manchester shortly after they opened five years ago, so it is only fitting that they be the first restaurant featured in our series leading up to this year’s event. Located at 832 Main Street, Antonio’s is run by husband-and-wife-team Antonio (aka Tony) and Lucia who are of Greek descent. Tony does the cooking at the restaurant, including making … more