Arabesque Costume Supplies is a deceiving name for this store. I have been here many times, and never for a costume. We come here for ballet slippers, pointe shoes to be exact. My daughter started dancing on pointe about three years ago. For her very first pair of shoes, we came her and got a proper fitting done. She has danced many hours on those and subsequent pairs of shoes bought her, and still has never gotten so much as a blister. The shop keeper was very pleasant, and educated us with out being preachy. He thoroughly explained all we needed to know about buying, wearing and caring for point shoes. Sure, he has a ton of great costumes to buy and to rent, but thats not what keeps us coming back.
Elizas Store is a lovely boutique, selling mainly cruise wear. It is a cut above any department store in terms of selection and service. You will notice that upon walking through the doors. They sell both mens and womens clothing, swimwear and some footwear. They are easy to find on Main st, across from the library.
Gabriele Ristorante Italiano & Bar is my favorite Italian place on the Post Road. They are in the Namco Plaza, so they have plenty of parking. It is an inviting place from the minute you walk through the front doors. Clean, contemporary and well lit, it is a comfortable place to relax. Although their pizza and calzones are very good, I prefer the country Italian dishes. They have a varied menu, so everyone finds something they like. they have a decent wine selection. The staff is attentive and professional. The bread is to die for and the desserts are worth saving room for.
Scribners is off the beaten path in the Woodmont section of Milford. It was highly recommended, and I thought it was good but not great. First, we had to park blocks away from the entrance. The parking lot is undersized for the number of tables they have. Upon entering, I realized this is a very mature restaurant, from the clientele to the furnishings, there was a lot that was, well , old there. The wine list was quite complete with average pricing on most selections. The menu features mainly seafood, but does have a variety of other dishes. The food was fresh, and well prepared but lacked any imagination. The staff was warm and attentive. The prices were about $100 per couple with a drink, appetizer, meal, coffee and dessert for each person. I can think of places I like better for the money.
1ST Street apizza is some of the best pizza you will ever eat in the Naugatuck Valley. They have mastered the classic thin crust style of Naples. They use only the freshest toppings, and just the right amount of cheese. They are priced a bit higher than their competition, but are well worth the extra few dollars. They have a great delivery area, and you can call them with your credit card, and sign the slip when they deliver, so having cash on hand is not an issue.
Anna Donte Restaurant is known for their hand made ravioli. This is what packs the place to capacity on a regular basis. It is small, so don't go without a reservation. They do not have a liquor license, but allow you to bring and consume your own wine or other beverage selection. Parking is usually not a problem. The service is always warm and friendly.
Zia Cucina is one of Waterbury's best kept secrets. A tiny, comfortable restaurant serving fine Italian cuisine, it is deceiveing from the outside. Tucked behind some buildings outside, it wasn't apparent to us immediately when we set out looking for it. We had terrific food with appreciable portion sizes. The service was impeccable. The selection of appetizers waas quite appealing. The cocktails were well priced. They have a nice wine selection and a great classic Italian menu.
Three ou of four member of my family have had procedures done at the Naugatuck Valley Surgical Center. Each time it was convenient, compassionate care in a relaxed setting. Each doctor was different, but each experience was pleasantly executed. Clean and comfortable for both the patient and those waiting.
my house had old crank out windows that were leaky and drafty because they couldn't be closed well. The screens were on the inside of the window. We took one of the screens to Naugatuck Window & Glass and had them make plexi-glass inserts with weather stripping on them for each of our windows. They were like storm windows on the inside. They fit beautifully, stopped the drafts, and saved me about 250 gallons of oil in one winter. They certainly paid for themselves in the first year.
I stayed at Naugatuck Motor Lodge for one night and it was kind of scary. I did not care for the looks and the noise level of the other clientele. It appears to be a party spot. When we got into our room, there was a dead spider curled up in the tub, and the rest of the room did not appear to be as clean as it could have been. The staff was hard to understand, and seemed unconcerned about my complaints.