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The Naugatuck Nardelli’s has been around since the 1970s and is still known today for its delicious grinders including some of its most popular items, The Italian Combo, the big stuffed Pastrami, and the Pulled Pork with Coleslaw. Other than stopping in at this location for a quick bite, you can also find Nardelli’s catering local school events and fundraisers in the community.

This building is full of history as it is the oldest standing Nardelli’s. The entire Nardelli’s family started their careers in this building at some point in their lives. Next time you stop in at the Naugatuck Nardelli’s be sure to check all of the pictures on the walls that showcase some of its rich history.

This Nardelli’s location was even visited by the Travel Channel’s show Sandwich Paradise where they praised this sandwich shop for its delicious grinders. Come check out one of the award winning grinders today or order from the mobile app!


The Naugatuck Nardelli’s Location was originally opened in the late 1970’s. Jen Harper, the current manager of this Nardelli’s, grew up in the Naugatuck area and even graduated from Naugatuck High School in 2007.

Jen, who some know as “Grinder Girl”, began working at Nardelli’s when she was 17, while also devoting most of her time to her music career. Her passion for music was greatly supported by the Nardelli’s team as she had the ability to travel around performing before and after her shifts.

The family oriented, community feel, and fast paced atmosphere that Nardelli’s offered made Jen feel right at home. As she grew up a part of the Nardelli’s family, eventually she decided she wanted to own her very own location. Jen loves being a part of the lives of those in the community, and watching them grow up as they frequently come into the Nardelli’s location to fill up on a delicious grinder.

As the owner of this Nardelli’s location, Jen declares Nardelli’s has taught her everything she knows about business, communication, and management, and that these experiences and skills are also incorporated in her everyday life.


  • 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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