The Naugatuck Nardelli’s was established in the 1970’s and is still known today for its delicious grinders. Some of its most popular items are The Italian Combo, the Baked Stuffed Pastrami, and the Pulled Pork with Coleslaw. Not only can you stop by this location for a quick bite, but you can also find Nardelli’s catering local school events and fundraisers in the community.

As the oldest standing Nardelli’s, this building is full of history which you can see showcased in the pictures on the walls when you stop in. You’ll notice that the entire Nardelli’s family started their careers in this building at some point in their lives.

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

Jen, who some know as “Grinder Girl”, began working at Nardelli’s when she was 17. Her devotion to her job never went unnoticed and neither did her passion for music. The Nardelli’s team was more than happy to support her music career, allowing her to travel around performing before and after her shifts.

There’s nothing Jen loves more than watching members of the community come in day after day to fill up on a delicious grinder from Nardelli’s. Ultimately the fast-paced atmosphere and the family oriented, community feel made Jen feel right at home and she knew she wanted to own her very own location one day.

Today, as the manager of the Naugatuck Nardelli’s location, Jen is proud to say that Nardelli’s has taught her everything she knows about business, communication, and management. The experiences, skills, and lessons she has learned along the way has shaped her into the incredible manager she is today.


  • 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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