The Wallingford Nardelli’s restaurant is located at 970 North Colony Road in the Wallingford Plaza. It had its grand opening in the Fall of 2015 as it became the 11th Nardelli’s franchise within Connecticut.

Nardelli’s felt Wallingford was another great location choice for a restaurant as they fell in love with the town and community. Its central location within the state and close proximity to 91 made it an ideal spot to serve a Nardelli’s-loving market!

If you are ever hungry and looking for the best food in the Wallingford, CT area, make sure to put Nardelli’s on your list. The Italian Combo along with the Prosciutto Hot Pepper Chicken grinders are two of the most popular choices in Wallingford so stop by today and ‘Taste The Tradition!

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The Wallingford Nardelli’s location opened its doors to the public in the Fall of 2015. Ernie Fanton, the current manager, began his career at Nardelli’s at the age of 19 and never looked back.

Like many current Nardelli’s franchise owners, Ernie started working for Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe at a young age. He quickly realized how passionate the Nardelli’s family were about serving the community quality grinders and traditional Italian offerings. After years of dedication and hard work, Ernie moved his way up the corporate ladder to find a role in management. It was during these years that Nardelli’s was looking to expand into his hometown of Wallingford, CT. It was almost too good to be true, so Ernie jumped at the opportunity to open and run the grinder shop in his hometown and the rest, as they say, is history.

Ernie loves seeing everyone enjoy what his Nardelli’s location has to offer from the hot grinders, to the catering dishes, and desserts. At the end of the day, Ernie understands the importance of being involved with the community and carrying on the family-oriented culture of Nardelli’s. Customer service and quality food are vital for the business, but he knows how vital it is to pay attention to the community outside the location walls which is why he is very passionate about getting involved with local charities and volunteerism.

At the end of the day, as the owner of the Wallingford location, Ernie is very thankful of the opportunities he’s had with Nardelli’s and proud of everything he has learned through the years. He looks forward to providing the Wallingford area with great food and service for many years to come.


  • 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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