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Salerno’s Apizza Stratford CT – A BEETS at Cutrufello’s Cheese & Ravioli Stratford, CT

Posted on: November 24, 2009

  • Phone: (203) 377-2436

We were about to give up on eating at a Retro Roadmap -worthy restaurant  in CT – all the diners we saw as we got off of 95 onto Route 1 were either closed or too Jersey (stainless and stone) for me. As we were pulling over to look up directions to a possible destination in NJ I saw the light from our car reflecting off of big brushed stainless sign letters and got a quick glimpse through wide venetian blinds of folks sitting at tables basking in the glow of a neon pizza sign. By staying on the back roads just a few moments more, we lucked out and discovered  Salerno’s Apizza in Stratford CT.

Salerno's at Cutrufello's Stratford CT

We turned the car around (spying a duckpin bowling alley in the process) and hooray, the place looked pretty busy for that stretch of Route 1, especially on a Sunday night. As we walked in we saw folks leaving with pizzas ( Apizza is a uniquely Connecticut term) and the dining room was nicely bustling with couples, folks with grandkids, and families. We were offered a booth and sat down to peruse the newspaper style menu.


Seems as if Salerno’s is a local institution, since 1947 when it was located in the East End of Bridgeport CT and was called C & C Pizzeria. The big sign you see you see outside is not Salerno’s but rather for Cutrufello’s Creamery, also local institution of sorts, famous for their cheese and pasta. It appears as if the Cutrufello’s company store next door has closed, but Salerno’s carries some of their cheese and raviolis in their case, along with Salerno’s home made sauce.


I could go on about the new decor trying to look old, and how the playing of hits from the 40’s and 50’s in the background added to the old school ambiance. But instead I will spend a bit of time on the food, which was a very nice surprise. We were presented with a basked with a warm fluffy mini loaf of bread and our waitress was incredibly attentive as far as drink levels go. Salad was bright and crisp, with a very tangy balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Salerno's Asalad

Since we had walked past a number of tables that had ordered pizza, Retro Roadhusband was ready to order that. When I read that Salerno’s made their own pasta I knew I had to order it and got the chicken parm, which was tender and tasty.  Food was plentiful with enough left over for a couple of meals and the ambiance was warm and relaxed. Reading about their plum tomato pizza ( onions, scamozza, plum tomatoes and parmesean, with basil pesto added before it’s cut) is getting me pretty hungry right now, bit then again so is this picture:

Salerno's Apizza A pizza!(lucky for me some of this pizza awaits as my lunch tomorrow!)

Salerno’s definitely harkens back to the olden days with it’s “new meaning to look old” even becoming the meeting place of the East-End Alumni Association, a collection of folks who grew up in the area from the 1940’s – 1960’s. The first Sunday of every month is East Enders’ Sunday at Salernos, and I just think it’s great that folks get together and relive that sense of community that I just don’t think us busy “youngsters” have.

So pull yourself off the highway and get yourself an Apizza with scamozza at Salerno’s and enjoy a Connecticut step back in time.


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  • Nice post. I grew up in southern Connecticut and get nostalgic about the word “apizza” when I see it. All the non-chain pizza places in the area used that term but I never saw it in other regions of Connecticut. I gave up dairy a while ago and I think the food I miss the most is New Haven-style pizza!

  • Joseph W. Howard

    Bravo Carlo Bravo !!! We’ll talk asap upon your return, Gueeze

  • This was on our contact page but I thought it made sense to move it here!

    Submitted on 2009/12/03 at 7:18am

    Hello…I am the owner of Salerno’s Apizza (pronounced: AHH BEETZ) in Stratford, CT. I came across your website, and saw that you recently visited our pizzeria. Thank you for recommending us to your readership. For over 60 years, my family has attempted to serve the exact meals my grandmother cooked for her family.

    If any of your readership wishes to visit, let me suggest doing so during weekdays. Weekends are very busy, and to enjoy the music and soak up the ambience, Monday-Thursday are best.

    If you visit our pizzeria, ask for a magazine. I have a collection of 1947 mags that you can peruse while waiting for your meal.

    Again, thank you so much for noticing.
    Carl Salerno

    Carl- we had a great meal at Salerno’s and will keep it on our traveling map for sure. Everyone, Salerno’s is an easy stop off 95 in Connecticut so stop by and tell ‘em Carl and Retro Roadmap sent you!

  • Gorge and Barb

    Best pizza ever!!! Best Italian food!!
    Barb and George
    Delray Beach, Fl

  • Barb {Bennett] Philip

    Thank u for the wonderful article on Salernos’ …….the photos we so wonderful my mouth is watering for a good olde Bpt. Conn apizza!!!!!!!!!WHHS 61 Barbara Bennett Philip

    • Barbara – so glad everyone is enjoying the post on Salernos! It was a find for us, and quite a gem indeed (my mouth was watering looking at the photos too!)

  • Nice! One of the few things I miss about the North East are the great diners. Not really anything like that down here at the end of Florida.

  • Al

    Back roads heh, Salerno’s is on US RT1.