This location is best known for its Pastrami, and Italian Combo Grinders. Other than serving their customers they also enjoy taking part in the local sports teams in the community such as the football, soccer, and hockey teams. They have even had some well-known celebs stop in to enjoy a delicious grinder. David Duchovny from the X-Files, Dan Malloy the governor of Connecticut, some well-known football players, the host of news channel 8, along with army veterans all trying to get a taste of these delicious and popular sandwiches.

The introduction of online ordering and delivery has made it even easier to enjoy these scrumptious offerings, but if you would like to stop if for a quick hello, these employees of this location love seeing both new and old faces. Stop in to the Cromwell Nardelli’s today to see for yourself what everyone is raving about!


The Cromwell Nardelli’s, managed by Hani Shehata, was the eighth Nardelli’s to open. Hani’s inspiration to join the Nardelli’s team as a manager came after being an employee for many years prior. Hani enjoyed the close-knit family atmosphere and had made strong relationships with the Nardelli’s team over the years. When the opportunity finally came to own his own Nardelli’s he was more than prepared to take on this role.

As a Nardelli’s manager, Hani heavily focuses on maintaining the tradition of the Nardelli’s family atmosphere in his store. You can even find members of the family working throughout the store from time to time. The Cromwell Nardelli’s also prides itself on its focus to ensure customer satisfaction. Throughout the years as a Nardelli’s employee, Hani was able to learn the Nardelli’s tactics behind consistently providing quality grinders with fresh ingredients. Hani also makes sure the store keeps a strong flow of communication between employees and customers so they know exactly what they can do to make the best experience for its customers.


  • hegemonic1350
    I have grown up on the Italian Combo grinder - nothing beats it no matter where I've been (I even have friends overseas who crave them). I live out of state and always get one when I come home or have one delivered when my family visits. I've known the entire Nardelli family my whole life as well and in my opinion they are the nicest and their product is the best.
  • magickly7
    Superior Italian Deli: Upscale/NY Deli type of atmosphere. EXCELLENT pastries! Try the cheesecake burrito, a little piece of heaven. Premade salads are large & great. Fresh, tasty fare.
  • Bob D.
    The best ever: This will be the best food you will ever eat coast to coast.
    Bob D.
  • Lizette P.
    After reading about Nardelli’s in CT Magazine we had to eat there. We immediately realized why Nardelli’s has won the Best Grinder in the state so many years. The food is simply delicious… it tastes as if made with love and pride. Their special sauce is fresh and tasty and you can’t find it anywhere. The staff is friendly and warm and makes you feel part of the family. The ambiance is clean and comfortable… it feels just like home. We moved away from Connecticut some years ago and whenever we go back we always have to visit Nardelli’s. We can’t wait until they open a franchise near us.
    Lizette P.
  • Eric J.
    My first job was at Nardelli's. They made me feel like family then and now 20 years later when I go in for one of their incredible grinders, they still make me feel like family.
    Eric J.
  • R. Elliot
    Just a quick note to tell you how much I enjoyed my recent two visits to Nardelli’s---One on Plank Road and the other on Watertown Avenue. The choices were too many ( hard to decide )---the food was fresh and delicious, but best of all was the personality exuded by the help. I was particularly impressed that it was equally reflected in both stores. Obviously your training is spot on. I will return.
    R. Elliot
  • Lynn W.
    The people are the friendliness and the Panini sandwiches are the best! I wouldn’t want Grandma to know this…Nardelli’s sauce is just as good as her homemade sauce and I don’t have to cook or wash the pans
    Lynn W.
  • hdans
    Delicious home made Italian food that smells and tastes just like my Nona's! THAT is something very special and tough to find these days!
  • Francis G.
    My favorite thing to do on Saturday’s ( in the 50’s ) was to go with my friends to Nardelli’s downstairs, where my mother worked ( Sylvia G. ) with Freddie and Joe and get a grinder ( a whole loaf of hard crusted bread) a soda and chips. Then we hitched hiked our way back home to Hamilton Ave and ate our grinders on the front porch and listened to the baseball game.

    I am grateful to have been part of the history that made Nardelli’s and Waterbury the greatest memories I ever had while growing up.
    Francis G.


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