Endeavoring to make up for my subpar experience at Stop & Shop, today I stopped by the D&D Market on Franklin Avenue in Hartford, and found the best sausage-and-peppers grinder I’ve had yet.
They’ve been around since 1932. This Hartford Courant article from a couple of years ago describes them as being, “along with Mozzicato’s and Carbone’s … a landmark and the last vestiges of the neighborhood’s Italian-American community.” They and DiBacco’s Market had previously been recommended by my former landlord, the elderly Italian gent.
I knew immediately upon walking in that I would be back here.
Arancini and meatballs as big as your fist, stacks of cutlets, housemade sauce, stuffed peppers… everything you need.
I wanted to buy every damn thing I saw, but I had to stay focused – I was here to try the grinders.
Reasonable prices. Another Courant article, this one from 2001, extolled the virtues of D&D’s sausage and peppers. My choice was made for me.
Oh my, yes.
If the sausage I had at Stop & Shop lacked character… then this had nothing but character.
Like the sauce, the sausage is housemade, and it looks it. Let’s move in for a close-up.
Coarse, fatty, and spicy but not overly spicy. Expertly made. Delightful.
The peppers were wonderfully noticeable, adding the complementary flavor and contrasting texture that you would want with sausage. (It’s funny how many places treat the peppers as an afterthought. That was not the case here.) The bread was your standard functional Connecticut loaf.
They had many, many meats and cheeses to pick from at the counter, including a few I’d never heard of before (such as guanciale). Seeing as how they’re right the heck in Hartford, I expect I’ll get around to trying them all.
Now… what should I do tomorrow?