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Sep 25, 2013
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Temple Grill: The Choice is All Yours

Temple Grill: The Choice is All Yours

Mara Lavitt

Steamed mussels appetizer, in a broth of garlic and white wine.

It’s a gorgeous day in New Haven, you’re downtown and hungry. You feel like something low-key, casual, but maybe customized a bit for your taste. And you’d love to sit outside and soak up the sunshine. You’d better head to Temple Grill.

Partners Tony Marchitto, chef, Brian Gilhuly, bar manager, and Chris Candido, host, asked themselves, “Where’s that American bar and grill in New Haven?” and answered it in 2004 by opening Temple Grill.

Marchitto and Gilhuly were childhood friends in West Haven. Marchitto got his culinary start at Platt Technical High School in Milford. Originally interested in carpentry and woodworking, the culinary instructors there steered him to a career in food. After getting his degree at the Culinary Institute of the Arts he traveled in Europe, then apprenticed locally to chef Paul Liscio. He took a break to work as a food broker, then Marchitto re-opened the legendary Snack Shop at the corner of State and Humphrey Streets. Once again the line for the shop’s roast beef went out the door.  That went on for two years when a fire broke out in the building. The building’s owner decided to take the Snack Shop space for herself and that ended Marchitto’s run on State Street.

Meanwhile, Gilhuly had been running the Diesel Lounge for a dozen years. They teamed up with Candido and redeveloped the former Diva space on Temple Street into Temple Grill, with seating for 40 inside and 60 outside.

For the full article and photo gallery, visit New Haven Eats.


Temple Grill: The Choice is All Yours

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