LaRosa’s is legendary in Hartford. Since 1930, four generations of LaRosas have been providing the best house-made Italian sausage (mild, medium or hot) than you’ve ever had in your entire life. Their chicken parmesan sandwich will pretty much ruin all other chicken parm sandwiches for you forever. Oh, other chicken parms will still be good, but you will never stop comparing them to La Rosa’s and finding them wanting. if you’re there for lunch, you order from these amazing Italian ladies behind the deli counters and pull up a chair at the handful of tiny tables in the center of the market. They have a constant rotation of lunch specials from crispy chicken cutlet served with creamy rosemary polenta and broccoli to the Italian Bistro on focaccia (sopressata, mortadella, salami, pepperoni and provolone, tomato, arugula and kalamata olive tapenade). If you decide to grab ingredients and cook for yourself at home, the market offers a great little selection of specialty tomatoes, dried pastas, cheeses, olives and of course, that unbelievable, never use anything else ever again, sausage.
94 Brown St
Hartford, CT 06114