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Sometimes knowing someone is better than knowing something. This was the case when people we knew got jobs at the newest Litchﬁeld restaurant, Naticook Fish and Grill, open at the former Woodman’s at Mel’s Funway Park. My wife and I got to preview the new restaurant on the pre-opening training day.“I am a chef ﬁrst, and restaurant owner second,” noted chef owner Marco Salerno. “You’ve heard all the clichés’ – food is love, etc. We strive to serve only the freshest ingredients in our meals, and prepare it the way we would for our own family. Owning a restaurant takes a certain passion, and that’s what we bring to Litchﬁeld. We have chefs cooking and working in the kitchen, not just your average line cooks.”The menu consists of appetizers including four varieties of fresh made spring rolls, Poutine fries, calamari, chowder, onion rings and more. “Our pizzas are outstanding,” boasted Chef Salerno. “Always fresh dough, handmade pizzas, and top quality toppings.”Seafood dinners include the ocean fresh clams, scallops, shrimp, and haddock prepared fried golden brown, or baked to perfection. Add fresh haddock ﬁsh tacos, and lobster rolls and the seafood offerings are complete.“After the training day we reconstructed the entire kitchen,” commented Salerno. “We realized certain items needed more space and more attention. It was the best thing we did.”Not in the mood for ﬁsh, Naticook offers grilled burgers, chicken and eggplant Parmesan, and a Naticook Reuben.“This is one of my favorites,” explained Salerno. “Fried haddock topped with melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and cole slaw on fresh grilled bread. There’s nothing like it in the area, and our guests rave about the sandwich.”Grilled/oven baked dinners include steak tips, Seafood Tagliatelle, Pulled Chicken, and Lobster Scampi Pappardelle. Naticook has specials most days including Chicken Marsala, Lobster Mac and Cheese, and Tuscan Salmon among a few. “We source the best local ingredients looking for high quality, like our fresh pastas from Lily’s in Everett. It’s the best around,” explained Salerno.“We wanted to cater to families but wanted the food to be exquisite,” added Salerno. “Salads and kids meals are the same top quality and creativity as the dinners and meals.”When asked why bring something to Litchﬁeld, Chef Salerno explained that Naticook Fish and Grill is a long-time dream for him. “We have a very successful catering business on Boston’s North Shore, doing corporate events and, private functions, and weddings for some high-end clients,” explains Salerno. “We have been looking for a location to develop, and the owners at Mel’s Michael Accomondo and Wayne Caulﬁeld connected with our team, worked together to iron out all the details, and we’re excited to be working together.”Head Chef Robert (Maui) Giallongo and Salerno have a long list of previous employers including some of the most exclusive eateries in the country, including being chef to the U.S. Olympic Team. “That all means nothing to the diner here eating a meal, except we’ve learned from the best, served the best, and expect to do the same thing here at Naticook Fish and Grill.”After “practice” dining that ﬁrst Saturday, we’ve been back a couple times and have thoroughly enjoyed our visits. The décor is simple, and has been upgraded from the prior establishment, and you can see new touches from Salerno’s team each time you visit. “It’s scary how much we had to do to retro ﬁt the restaurant,” explained Salerno. “Many hours were spent redoing the dining area booths to get away from that ﬁsh take out look. We’ll have more improvements to come in the future.”Naticook offers a full bar area with TVs and about 20 seats, great for waiting or enjoying the full menu in a more laid back style. “We are at Mel’s Funway after all, so we can’t get too stuffy,” said Salerno. “Our focus is on our food, whether you eat in, take out, or we deliver to your house, you’ll get the same high quality”In addition to the full-service restaurant, the Naticook Snack Bar has opened adjacent to the Funway mini golf course offering pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, candy bars, and other take out snacks for park goers. “Coming soon will be the new Funway Park Country Ice Cream adjacent to the Funway arcade. “We’ll have 36 ﬂavors of ice cream, Richie’s slush, and outdoor seating.From the exclusivechefs.com website, “Chef Marco Salerno and wife Constantina Salerno would like to invite you on a tour of his little world. A world ﬁlled with ﬂavor and passion, surely to awaken your palate. Taste and presentation alike will awe you. With over 15 years experience as a chef and caterer, he has pleased many with his talent and attention to detail. He takes pride in his work and treats your event as if it is his own, ensuring perfection.When chef Salerno called to advertise, I could sense his passion for the restaurant business. After meeting with him and then spending an hour in the kitchen watching him at work, he is both an artist and a chef, desiring to please his guests with the best food, presentation, and dining experience possible. “All I can ask is that you come try our food. We know we have to win you over. I’m in the kitchen every day making sure the best food possible comes to your table,” offered Salerno. “If you appreciate ﬁne food, good quality, and the best ingredients, you’ll love our creations.”Naticook Fish and Grill is located at 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Route 3A, in Litchﬁeld at Mel’s Funway Park and is Open Daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 429-4000 or visit www.naticookﬁshandgrill.com. Watch Facebook daily for specials and extra incentives.
New Litcheld Eatery Focuses on Passion for Food
Chef Marco Salerno at his newly opened Naticook Fish and Grill An appetizer choice from the menu,“Pizza Rolls” Try the Poutine!
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