Monroe, CT: In 1998, Carl Anthony Trattoria introduced its brand of hospitality to the charming town of Monroe, CT. Chef/Owner Sam Devellis took what was once a neighborhood pizza joint and created a modern, Italian-infused restaurant and gathering place that would quickly take the town by storm. The restaurant’s vibrant design aesthetic, lively bar scene, and innovative Italian menu solidified Carl Anthony Trattoria’s standing within a then, up and coming, Fairfield County dining scene. Soon to follow was Carl Anthony Restaurant Group which included Gioves Pizza Kitchen, Carl Anthony Catering, Carl Anthony Pizza Truck, and Bill’s Drive-in, elevating the brand’s presence throughout the region and among hungry food enthusiasts.
“Our success was rooted in our fearlessness and our commitment to creating a truly unique dining experience,” says Devellis, “We didn’t have social media then. Our guests have always been our influencers, taking us on this amazing journey all these years.”
With a new year on the horizon, DeVellis and his team are now embarking on a new chapter that will see Carl Anthony Trattoria’s 477 Main Street location close at the end of 2022, only to re-appear in a nearby neighborhood, which will be announced in early 2023. Devellis and his Carl Anthony Restaurant Group have entered into a partnership with Market Hospitality Group. Spearheaded by restaurateur Eli Hawli, Market Hospitality Group is comprised of 10 restaurant locations which started out in 2011 with Market Place Kitchen & Bar in Danbury, CT, and soon added Market Place Tavern and Mercato, Italian Kitchen & Bar locations dotted throughout Connecticut. The restaurant group now owns Bills Drive-in and Key Largo Fisheries in Key Largo, FL, brands that came with a tremendous amount of history, and now are being nurtured by Market Hospitality Group. Carl Anthony Catering will continue to operate, as will all of their food service venues, and catering and pizza truck events.
The Market Place concept is a modern American restaurant that takes its culinary cues from the seasons and its design model from sustainable and local materials. Kitchens are open, bars take center stage, and the dining rooms are spacious and bright. The group added Mercato to its portfolio in 2019, a modern Italian restaurant model wrapped in Market Hospitality Group’s spirited ethos.
The partnership of Eli Hawli and Sam DeVellis takes Market Hospitality Group to a new level - a powerhouse restaurant company that continues to raise the bar throughout Connecticut and beyond. 2 new locations are slated to open in 2023. Mercato Italian Kitchen at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton, CT, and at The Fountain Square in Shelton, CT. More new restaurant announcements are forthcoming.
** Carl Anthony Trattoria gift cards will be honored at any Market Hospitality Group location.