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This chilly transition into autumn has got me thinking of Vermont for 2 reasons – one is the combo of maple syrup and leaf peeping that the state is known for, but the other, more Retro Roadmap worthy reason is Bove’s Restaurant! In business in Burlington VT since 1941 and still retaining it’s authentic Art Deco vitrolite facade, neon sign and old-school charm, I am happy to thank Elise Brown of DrummerPR for this photo and report on Bove’s -our first vintage Vermont listing!


I visited Bove’s some time in the early 90’s, so when I read that Elise and her husband had vacationed in the area this past summer I asked if the art deco restaurant that I remembered so fondly was still there. And hooray it’s still there, family owned and operated and stronger than ever. Not only have they made an appearance on the Food Network and Today show for their delicious lasagna but their family recipe sauce and award winning pasta is for sale in their online store.

Elise reports:

It even still has the same wallpaper I remember from 1980! College kids attending UVM, Champlain College or St. Michael’s know it well – and (like me) return to it when they visit their alma mater. The servings are huge and the prices are extremely reasonable My personal faves are the daily specials: Lasagna on Wednesdays and Stuffed Peppers on Thursday are AWESOME and only $7.80.

Here’s a video that the Bove Brothers / aka Sauce Boys made for their audition to get onto the Food Network and you can see some great shots of their vintage interior (and tasty food) right here:

So if you’re in the Burlington VT area today – it’s Lasagna day!

Bove’s Cafe
68 Pearl St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 864-6651

Closed Sunday & Monday

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We were about to give up on eating at a Retro Roadmap -worthy restaurant  in CT – all the diners we saw as we got off of 95 onto Route 1 were either closed or too Jersey (stainless and stone) for me. As we were pulling over to look up directions to a possible destination in NJ I saw the light from our car reflecting off of big brushed stainless sign letters and got a quick glimpse through wide venetian blinds of folks sitting at tables basking in the glow of a neon pizza sign. By staying on the back roads just a few moments more, we lucked out and discovered  Salerno’s Apizza in Stratford CT.

Salerno's at Cutrufello's Stratford CT

We turned the car around (spying a duckpin bowling alley in the process) and hooray, the place looked pretty busy for that stretch of Route 1, especially on a Sunday night. As we walked in we saw folks leaving with pizzas ( Apizza is a uniquely Connecticut term) and the dining room was nicely bustling with couples, folks with grandkids, and families. We were offered a booth and sat down to peruse the newspaper style menu.


Seems as if Salerno’s is a local institution, since 1947 when it was located in the East End of Bridgeport CT and was called C & C Pizzeria. The big sign you see you see outside is not Salerno’s but rather for Cutrufello’s Creamery, also local institution of sorts, famous for their cheese and pasta. It appears as if the Cutrufello’s company store next door has closed, but Salerno’s carries some of their cheese and raviolis in their case, along with Salerno’s home made sauce.


I could go on about the new decor trying to look old, and how the playing of hits from the 40’s and 50’s in the background added to the old school ambiance. But instead I will spend a bit of time on the food, which was a very nice surprise. We were presented with a basked with a warm fluffy mini loaf of bread and our waitress was incredibly attentive as far as drink levels go. Salad was bright and crisp, with a very tangy balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Salerno's Asalad

Since we had walked past a number of tables that had ordered pizza, Retro Roadhusband was ready to order that. When I read that Salerno’s made their own pasta I knew I had to order it and got the chicken parm, which was tender and tasty.  Food was plentiful with enough left over for a couple of meals and the ambiance was warm and relaxed. Reading about their plum tomato pizza ( onions, scamozza, plum tomatoes and parmesean, with basil pesto added before it’s cut) is getting me pretty hungry right now, bit then again so is this picture:

Salerno's Apizza A pizza!(lucky for me some of this pizza awaits as my lunch tomorrow!)

Salerno’s definitely harkens back to the olden days with it’s “new meaning to look old” even becoming the meeting place of the East-End Alumni Association, a collection of folks who grew up in the area from the 1940’s – 1960’s. The first Sunday of every month is East Enders’ Sunday at Salernos, and I just think it’s great that folks get together and relive that sense of community that I just don’t think us busy “youngsters” have.

So pull yourself off the highway and get yourself an Apizza with scamozza at Salerno’s and enjoy a Connecticut step back in time.

Salerno’s Apizza
1398 Barnum Ave
Stratford, CT 06614
(203) 377-2436‎

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When I first “discovered” Route 1 in Saugus many moons ago I was amazed at the oversized signs, funky buildings and neon all over the place. It was a shock for me to find out that a staid little state like Massachusetts had a gloriously Vegas like strip of road like this, and I was hooked.

Thinking back on some of the photos I took, I realize that very few of the Saugus Greats are still there, having fallen to “progress” and the big box/chainification of the area. Luckily the “Leaning Tower of Pizza” at the Prince Spaghetti House (as I call it) is still there shining like a beacon, just like the old times.

Prince "Spaghetti House" Saugus MAI promise to go back and get better photos when it is darker out and the neon is gleaming, but I think you can see what I’m talking about

The restaurant was originally a 12 seat drive in owned by the Prince Spaghetti company and has been owned by the Castraberti family since 1961. Since its humble beginnings the place has been expanded to include a large dining area, function room and comedy club.

Prince "Spaghetti House" Drive In Saugus MA

The service however is still reminiscent of it’s origins as a drive in, in that you order your food at the counter when you arrive, then raise your hand when your name is called, and they bring the food over to your table. (I used one of the Retro Roadkids’ names as our table name and it was giggles all around when the name was called over the loudspeaker and Retro Roadgirl had to raise her hand!)

Prince Spaghetti Lamp

The Prince is your basic red sauce (or gravy) place, with large portions and tasty pizzas which the RRkids enjoyed. I had been craving the manicotti from here, and was quite happy with it, but have to admit I was giving longing glances to sis’ chicken parm (so much so that last week I ordered chicken parm from a local place back here at home to try and stop the craving, but it was not to be-  Must.Go.Back.To.Prince.Get.Chicken.Parm!) The chicken was pounded flat and breaded, the pasta covered with their signature sauce, and if I write any more about it I will have drool on the keyboard.
Pizza From Above

The service was friendly, the atmosphere casual and relaxed, and it was great to feel like we were still back on old Route 1.  Now pardon me as I start to compile my “Top Ten Foods I Am Craving From Home” list, as the Chicken Parm from The Prince is definitely in the top 5!

Footnote: Remember how I said I thought that people were “on to” the fact that Retro Roadmap was in town, with Channel 5 “Going Retro” at Simpson Springs and Salem Willows? Well here’s another clue that I’m a trendsetter- just a few days after we ate at the Prince Spaghetti house, the Globe ran an article about Anthony Martignetti,  the “ANTHONY!” of the famous Prince Spaghetti commercial of my youth. Click here to read the article and see the famous Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day commercial.

Prince Restaurant
517 Broadway
Saugus, MA 01906-1992
(781) 233-9950

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