There are four landmarks in Hartford’s South End that locals agree are the last vestiges of the neighborhood’s Italian-American community, D&D Market, Carbone’s, Mozzicato’s and Casa Mia.
Mozzicato’s and Carbone’s have opened second locations in the suburbs. Now another one is joining those ranks.
Franklin Avenue’s landmark Casa Mia restaurant is opening a second location in Rocky Hill, in space at the rolling Greens Golf Club being vacated by another former South End stalwart, Sorrento’s.
“It’s not something we had planned on doing but the space became available and we decided to do it,” said Casa Mia’s owner/chef Tony Guglielmi. “We are very excited.
Guglielmi has a little edge when it comes to going into the new venture, an executive chef he can depend on.
His son Daniel is a Johnson & Wales grad and anxious to have his own kitchen.
“It will be more of a Mediterranean menu, not just Italian,” explained the proud father. “I will help my son get set up there. I see the potential in that location and Daniel has been working with me at the restaurant. So many of our customers are from the Rocky hill, Wethersfield, Cromwell area,” he said. “It will be Casa Mia with a different menu, although some of our most popular dishes like the osso buco will be featured there as well.”
Guglielmi said he plans to do some immediate cosmetic work in the space with some bigger changes planned for next summer, when restaurant business normally slows down.
The new restaurant is expected to open in October.