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Best places in Meriden, Wallingford to indulge in delicious linguine

National Linguine Day is Friday, Sept. 15. Linguine is one of the world’s oldest kinds of pasta, from the Liguria region of Italy. It is made from durum semolina flour, and is a thin, flat, narrower and more elliptical shaped noodle. It is typically paired with thinner, lighter sauces.

Looking for the best restaurants in and around Meriden and Wallingford to celebrate on Sept. 15th? Our guide below featuring the winners and finalists from our 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards can help lead you in the right direction.

Lido’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

Lido's Restaurant & Pizzeria has been serving the Meriden community for 27 years. It serves some of the most finest hand-crafted Italian classics in a simple, fresh and delicious way. Chefs use the freshest, imported and locally grown daily and seasonal market ingredients. They offer pizza in Neapolitan or Sicilian style, as well as an array of pasta dishes, including penne ala vodka; linguine puttanesca, which includes olives, capers anchovies and light marinara; and fettuccine carbonara.

Enjoy your meal inside, take it to go, order contactless delivery or get full catering for any special event.

They are open Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Lido’s is closed Mondays.

Address: 75 Pomeroy Ave., Meriden

2022 Readers’ Choice Awards: Winner for Italian Restaurant & Finalist for Family Restaurant 

Bella Luna Pizza 

Bella Luna Pizza offers pizza, traditional pastas, wings and beer. Their pasta dishes include chicken florentine; shrimp fra diavolo over pasta with a spicy red sauce; shrimp alfredo; and fettuccine with Alfredo sauce.

Enjoy your meal inside, take it to go, or order contactless delivery.

They are open Saturday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. 

Address: 361 Liberty St., Meriden

2022 Readers’ Choice Awards: Finalist for Italian Restaurant

Sans-Souci Restaurant 

Sans-Souci Restaurant is an American restaurant with Italian fare in an old-school, white-tablecloth setting. They offer pasta dishes including linguini with clam sauce in a red or white sauce, served with garlic bread; shrimp scampi; and sea scallops bercy en casserole.

Enjoy the remodel if you decide to dine-in, or order the meal to go and enjoy it at home.

They are open Tuesday-Friday, 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-8  p.m.; Saturday, 4:30-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 3-8 p.m.; Sans-Souci is closed on Mondays.    

Address: 2003 N Broad St., Meriden

2022 Readers’ Choice Awards: Winner for Best Fine Dining & American Restaurant.

Serafino’s Restaurant

Serafino's Restaurant & Bar offers in-season sophisticated Italian classics for lunch and dinner. They serve high quality steaks, daily delivery fish, free antibiotic chicken, pasta, salads, pizza and signature creative cocktails. They offer an array of pasta dishes, including linguine All’ Aragosta with hand-picked lobster meat, bacon, spinach and vodka cream sauce; linguine caprese with tomatoes, spinach, prosciutto, burrata and evoo; and chicken gorgonzola.

Enjoy your meal inside, take it to go, order contactless delivery or get gourmet on-site or drop-off catering for every occasion or style.

They are open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Address: 72 S. Turnpike Road, Wallingford

2022 Readers’ Choice Awards: Winner for Italian Restaurant & Finalist for Fine Dining 

Colony Diner 

While Colony Diner & Restaurant has an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, they made sure to make a spot for your favorite pasta dishes. Their pasta includes linguini with baby clams in your choice of red or white or fra diavolo sauce; linguini Alfredo with rich and creamy Alfredo sauce tossed with linguini pasta; and chicken francaise.

Dine in for the best dining experience in a cozy, family atmosphere. Or take it to go and enjoy it at home.

They are open Sunday-Thursday, 6am - 11pm; and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m.-3 a.m.

Address: 611 North Colony Road, Wallingford

2022 Readers’ Choice Awards: Winner for Early Bird Dinner. Recognized by NBC Connecticut




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