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Home Care In Plantsville, CT

Home Care Plantsville, CT

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Southington Historical Society gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Plantsville, CT is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Bessie has been an exceptional Health Care Provider. She takes such pride in her work and truly cares about the people she is in contact with. She is dedicated, diligent, and is devoted to her job assignment. She not only takes care of my Mom, but she goes above and beyond her call of duty. Bessie has a unique ability to connect with every person she meets. No day goes by that my Mom is not pampered. Bessie make sure she's always comfortable. She makes exceptional meals for her 3 times a day, cleans her clothes, gives her showers, washes her hair and makes her look amazing every single day. Bessie is so beneficial to our family we can't imagine our family without her. I myself and my family members could never do what she does for our Mom. She has been with my mom and our family for almost 1 year and we don't know what we would do without her, she truly is a gift from God. She not only takes care of my Mom daily, nightly and weekly, she also takes care of her personal life and whatever life throws at her. She is a devoted caretaker and should be recognized with the utmost respect. Her dedication to improving the health and well-being of my Mom is commendable. You can't find anyone as special as she. Her life commitment has touched our lives through her delivery of exceptional care in a compassionate, respectful, and safe manner on a daily basis. She has become a member of our family and she has shown us the meaning of adaptability. Her strong faith in God, Forgiveness, and Believing in each other makes her the great person that she is. On behalf of our family, we would like to thank you for the extraordinary care and services your company has provided to us. Thank you for all you do”

Debra T.

“We used Always Best Care for my mother. They provided basically anything we needed a few hours a week, they were very thorough in asking about my mother's condition, and what were the needs that were required. It's more like bathing, medication, and companionship. We used them for about a week.”


“Thank you again to you, Susan and the rest of the care-givers and staff of Always Best Care for the outstanding service you have provided for our parents. ABC provided professional, first-class support that allowed our parents to remain in their home while relieving of us of concern for their care and is something we will never forget. You can be sure we will happily refer any family member or friend that is seeking care at home to Always Best Care.”

Madison R.

“Dear Rick, Over the past three plus years, my father Joseph Ceuch has lived at home assisted by the caregivers from your company Always Best Care of Greater Bristol. This letter is a personal thank you from my father and the entire Ceuch family on how your caregivers treated and attended to my father during this time. The caregivers became part of our extended family who shared in countless family events resulting in beautiful lasting memories. Caregivers Frances Boateng, Jeremy Turner, and Yanice Hernandez were awesome in their care of my father. I want to especially acknowledge Francis as a person who went above and beyond his responsibility and became part of the Ceuch inner circle. It was not uncommon for Francis on his off days to stop by during a family picnic to say hello...he is truly loved by my father. Again, I want to thank you for the loving care your caregivers provided my father. I would highly recommend your company to anyone interested in having a caregiver attend to a loved one. Thanks again”

Gregory C.

“Heather, I just wanted to thank Always Best Care in helping to provide care for my step father, Daryl. It's unbelievable how the progression of his illness happened so quickly, however, Always Best Care was always ready to provide the level of care he needed as it increased. Most importantly, I'd like to thank his aide, Sue Malasics. She was wonderful to Daryl and took great care of his needs. I knew I did not have to worry with Sue there with him. She was always cooking wonderful homemade meals and desserts and I was happy to see how happy she made Daryl. I think she is a wonderful asset to Always Best Care. Should I know of anyone needing help in the future, I would recommend Always Best Care and Sue Malasics.”

Milissa K.

“My mother was bedbound for months and had serious health related issues including kidney failure. My mother was also very demanding about her care and who she would allow into her home. After several attempts with various in-home care agencies my mother really responded well to Always Best Care Senior Services of Greater Bristol and we cant thank them enough for the high level of compassionate care they were able to provide during my moms final months.”

Liam C.

“I am a past client of this provider My journey with Always Best Care began with a visit from the owner and office manager. Soon after, I was introduced to the caregiver who would provide care for me. All 3 persons seemed very knowledgeable, experienced anf caring. I was certainly provided with quality service and much respect and compassion.”

Dorothy W.

“Our sister, Barbara has early-onset dementia , and was in sudden need of a personal care assistant until placement in a quality skilled nursing facility became available. We reached out to home health care agencies in her local area but, by this point, had already worked with several agencies for med reminders for Barbara (and 24/7 care for our Mom in another area of CT) and were a bit skeptical that that we’d find one that could provide consistent quality of care.When I spoke with Rick Downey of Always Best Care Senior Services in Bristol, he conveyed both confidence in his knowledge of health care and empathy in understanding the frustrations that families experience when seeking quality care for their loved ones. We were next contacted by their care coordinator,Heather Kozikowski, who came to our sister’s home to conduct an assessment and further explain the services offered by Always Best Care.A further testament to the exceptional quality of Always Best Care is the service and care we’ve received after Barbara is no longer a client; our thanks to Always Best Care for the excellent care of our sister, and the peace-of-mind it afforded our family knowing that she was in such kind and competent hands!”

Susan W.

“I am a retired registered nurse, and for several years, I have been the primary caregiver for my husbamd/ My husband suffers from dementia and is aphasic. On a Saturday morning in October of 2015, a sudden change in my health required an emergent hospitilization, which late resulted in an extensive rehabilitation stay. Upon my hospitalization, my son reached out to Always Best Care Senior Services of greater Bristol. The Always Best Care team assessed my husband, his needs, and had his care staffed within hours of my son's call. The care provided to my husband has been exceptional. The caregivers as well as the office staff have been attentive to our needs and have met all of our expectations. I would highly recommend Always Best Care to you and anyone who is in need of care for their loved one.”

Pope A.

“I had a very good experience ! I really appreciate the service that your company, Always Best Care, offered our family and especially the caring, loving attitude that Amber and Natalie displayed to Carol at all times. They were outstanding and you should be proud to place them in any situation with the full expectation they will represent your firm in a most professional manner. Thanks again for all your help.”

Kevin N.

“My journey with Always Best Care began with a visit from the owner and office manager. Soon after, I was introduced to the caregiver who would provide care for me. All 3 persons seemed very knowledgeable, experienced anf caring. I was certainly provided with quality service and much respect and compassion.”


“Dave and staff, thank you or consistently caring and comforting my Mom. Your quality of care will be recommended to others. You went above and beyond what was expected.”


“I have a very good providers from this Company”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Plantsville, CT?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Plantsville, CT

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Panthorn Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local New Mill Restaurant or visit Barnes Museum, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Plantsville, CT

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Plantsville, CT, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CT's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Plantsville, CT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • The Summit At Plantsville
  • Mulberry Gardens of Southington
  • LiveWell
  • New Season In Life - CT Assisted Living Advisor
  • Southington Care Center
  • The Orchards at Southington
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Plantsville, CT 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Plantsville, CT

Plantsville student named 2024 Connecticut’s Kid Governor

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (CTNH) — The results of the latest statewide election are in. We now know Cristiano Almeida will be the Connecticut’s Kid Governor for 2024.The crowd waited anxiously for Secretary of State Stephanie Thomas to announce Oshana Elementary School’s cafetorium in the Plantsville section of Southington.“Now, earlier this month, thousands of students from all over Connecticut, 5th graders, voted in a statewide election to determine who will be our state’s 2024 Kid Governor,” said...

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (CTNH) — The results of the latest statewide election are in. We now know Cristiano Almeida will be the Connecticut’s Kid Governor for 2024.

The crowd waited anxiously for Secretary of State Stephanie Thomas to announce Oshana Elementary School’s cafetorium in the Plantsville section of Southington.

“Now, earlier this month, thousands of students from all over Connecticut, 5th graders, voted in a statewide election to determine who will be our state’s 2024 Kid Governor,” said Brian Confrancesco, the director of the Kid Governor program run by the Connecticut Democracy Center.

When the big announcement came, staff and students burst into cheers because the school’s candidate, Cristiano Almeida, won the election.

Each candidate for Kid Governor made a campaign video. Almeida outlined his plan to encourage physical fitness among his fellow 5th graders. One method is to award students who are active with Fit Coins.

In the video, he explained, “If you get a certain number of Fit Coins, your name and class picture will be added to the Fit Coin Hall of Fame. “

His platform also involves a poster contest and a YouTube channel for kids’ fitness.

“Exercise can improve your focus, concentration and memory, and can even make you happier, and who doesn’t want that?” Almeida said in his first address as Kid Governor-elect.

The inspiration for the platform comes from Almeida’s father, Danny Almeida, a physical education teacher.

“With a physical education background, fitness is in our everyday lives, and it’s something that I want to pass on to them,” Danny said. “Luckily, it caught on. It’s a platform I also believe in, and I think he’s going to have a lot of success with it.”

“So when I went with that, I thought, ‘Hmm, this is pretty good.’ I want to stick with it, and I want to go with it,” the 5th grader said.

The other six finalists for Kid Governor will form Almeida’s cabinet, and he plans to elevate their campaign platforms, as well.

“One month, work on mine, and then another month, we’ll work on someone else’s, and then another month, we’ll work on someone else’s,” Almeida said.

Almeida’s inauguration ceremony will occur in January at the Old State House.

More than 9,900 students from 340 classes and 160 schools across the state participated in this year’s statewide election.

If you have 4th graders in your life, make sure their school participates in Connecticut’s Kid Governor program next year.

New Mexican restaurant set to open in Southington

SOUTHINGTON — Mamma Mia restaurant opened to great fanfare in December 2018 after the owners completely renovated a former diner, installing a three-ton Italian pizza oven.Watch MoreBut a fire just four months later shut down the restaurant and an attempt to reopen under new management amid the pandemic in 2021 was unsuccessful, leaving the building at 1765 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike vacant.That’s about to change.AdvertisementArticle continues below this adLoteria, a family-owned Mexican ...

SOUTHINGTON — Mamma Mia restaurant opened to great fanfare in December 2018 after the owners completely renovated a former diner, installing a three-ton Italian pizza oven.

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But a fire just four months later shut down the restaurant and an attempt to reopen under new management amid the pandemic in 2021 was unsuccessful, leaving the building at 1765 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike vacant.

That’s about to change.


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Loteria, a family-owned Mexican restaurant, is set to open in the space this month.

AnaLaura Gonzalez Alcocer says the dream of opening a restaurant started with her dad, who spent his career in the food service industry. He taught her and her siblings the value of hard work from a young age and got them started working for a restaurant.

“He’s always had a dream of opening up his own restaurant and having a family business,” Gonzalez Alcocer said. “During COVID it was a little hard getting things going, especially because we were all in school and work. It wasn’t the best time, so we waited a little.”

Gonzalez Alcocer signed the lease in October.


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“Now we’re just waiting for the liquor license to open up. It takes about three weeks,” Gonzalez Alcocer said last week. “So we’re hoping to open by the second or third week of January.”

Gonzalez Alcocer, her parents and siblings will all initially be involved in running the restaurant and getting things going.

“But my sister and I are in school. She's an undergrad and I’m getting my master’s on top of working full-time so we will definitely be looking to hire,” Gonzalez Alcocer said.

Loteria joins a host of other new restaurants in Southington, which Louis Perillo III, town economic development coordinator, finds encouraging.


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“We’re excited to be welcoming another new restaurant,” Perillo said. “Southington has quite a few and we think it’s great we continue to attract restaurants to our area. I look forward to them coming in.”

As far as renovations, an unfortunate incident for Mamma Mia turned into a blessing for Loteria.

“We didn’t have to do any renovations,” said Gonzalez Alcocer, referencing extensive repairs under the previous owners after the 2019 fire. “They renovated the whole front so we just had to decorate.”

Loteria’s menu will offer traditional Mexican food.


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“We’ll have traditional platters, guacamole, corn on the cob, burritos, margaritas made with tequila from our country and more,” Gonzalez Alcocer said.

Loteria aims to share a little bit of the family’s Mexican culture and roots with the community.

The name refers to a traditional Mexican game of chance, similar to bingo, which is played with a deck of cards containing a series of iconic images. The restaurant incorporates that imagery into its decor, Gonzalez Alcocer said.

Loteria Mexican Restaurant, 1765 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, will be open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

3 New School Leaders Welcomed in Southington

The Southington school board has welcomed a new elementary school principal, new high school assistant principal and a curriculum chief.Patch StaffNew science/math curriculum coordinator Alicia Naleway speaks before the Southington Board of Education Aug. 17. At left is new Southington High School Assistant Principal Simone Crouch. (Town of Southington)SOUTHINGTON, CT — When classes closed for the summer last June, the Southington School System had some openings to fill and administrators got busy.At the S...

The Southington school board has welcomed a new elementary school principal, new high school assistant principal and a curriculum chief.

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New science/math curriculum coordinator Alicia Naleway speaks before the Southington Board of Education Aug. 17. At left is new Southington High School Assistant Principal Simone Crouch. (Town of Southington)

SOUTHINGTON, CT — When classes closed for the summer last June, the Southington School System had some openings to fill and administrators got busy.

At the Southington Board of Education's last meeting, board members welcomed three new school administrators hired over the summer, a product of an intense search and interview process.

Southington Superintendent of Schools Steven Madancy said filling those opening was a major priority and the goal was to have them in their new roles prior to the start of the school year, which was last week.

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"I am back where I started. My first full-time job was at South End School teaching fifth-grade and I've looped back and I'm back in the neighborhood when I started," Stearns said. "There's so many people that I want to thank.

"I feel the support from everywhere. I feel so excited," she continued. "I'm ready and so thankful for this opportunity."

For Crouch, it was a reunion with Madancy as both were elementary school teachers at the same school several years ago.

She said she's ready for work at SHS and grateful for the support from the school system.

"I've loved every single challenge that has come across my plate," a smiling Crouch told the school board. "I've had tremendous support.There's no words to describe just how appreciate I am of the support that I have gotten since I've been here."

Naleway has spent most of her education career working in the Cheshire school system nearby, but she said she's always admired the Southington community.

"I am so excited to be here in Southington," Naleway said, adding that education is one of her passions. ""I'm passionate about education, passionate about curriculum and helping all students to achieve at their highest potential," Naleway said."Everyone has been so welcoming to me and I'm so appreciate of all the support that I've received."

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Former ‘Chopped’ winner bringing taste of Sicily to new Plantsville restaurant. In ‘the perfect spot’

The aim was to bring to bring a little bit of Sicily to downtown.And that is what Noto Americano is doing.The Italian restaurant, named for the small city of Noto in Sicily, opened its doors in the former Zingarella space late last year in Plantsville and has quickly become a town favorite. Zingarella, which opened in 2011 and became an established meeting place in town, ...

The aim was to bring to bring a little bit of Sicily to downtown.

And that is what Noto Americano is doing.

The Italian restaurant, named for the small city of Noto in Sicily, opened its doors in the former Zingarella space late last year in Plantsville and has quickly become a town favorite. Zingarella, which opened in 2011 and became an established meeting place in town, closed early last year due to the effects of the pandemic.

Nick LaRosa, a former Phoenix-based chef and a 2019 “Chopped” grand prize winner, and his cousin Frank LaRosa, owner of Alliant Restaurant Brokers, are co-owners. Nick LaRosa, who grew graduated from Southington High School in 1997, is the head chef in the kitchen. He said that he jumped at the opportunity to come back home after more than 20 years out west.

“Southington has always been home to me,” Nick LaRosa said.

“So when my cousin told me that the former Zingarella location was available, I knew we had to jump on it. My family is here and my friends are all here,” he said. “The amount of support I have received and the people who have talked to me that I haven’t seen in 25 years has been really surprising. Every day is a mini reunion. I’m very grateful and humbled to have come back to my roots.”

Frank LaRosa, a longtime real estate broker in the town, previously co-owned the former Quinn’s Tavern in downtown Plantsville that became Hop Haus.

The cousins’ Sicilian background meant that when growing up, food was often at the center of family life. A Johnson & Wales culinary graduate, Nick LaRosa’s first big break came when he worked for former Reebok CEO Paul Fireman at a private country club in Cape Cod. From there, he became head chef and owner of the popular Phoenix eatery Nook Kitchen.

“Food has been my passion since I was a child,” Nick LaRosa said. “To be able to cook and do what I love is a blessing. I love it when people pull out their phone and take a photo of the dish I just cooked. Sometimes I’ll peek around a corner at tables and see someone smile as they take their first bite. That’s what brings me the greatest joy. It’s all about bringing people together and creating that happiness in my food.”

A taste of Sicily

The restaurant serves classic Italian fare, including pasta, pizza and grinders along with traditional dishes such as scallops risotto, chicken cordon blue, and chicken and eggplant parmesan.

“Noto Americano is named for the city my great-grandparents came from Sicily before coming to Ellis Island,” LaRosa said. “The plates are traditional but I also put my twist on them like every chef does. Some of the recipes were passed down in my family through the generations and others are more modern takes on Italian cuisine.”

One of the most popular entrees is a porcini-rubbed 8-ounce filet with classic sides such as grilled asparagus, black garlic cream, and parmesan mashed potato.

“The filet is a dish I’ve been doing for quite some time and it’s already becoming really popular,” LaRosa said. “You can’t go wrong with a mouthwatering filet with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus on the side. It’s always a real banger.”

Other entrees include a grilled double-bone duroc pork chop with cider honey garlic glaze and sides of roasted potato and bacon brussels. For a more unique offering, Noto Americano serves up grilled swordfish with salmoriglio sauce made with a blend of olive oil, lemon, garlic, and oregano.

“A lot of my dishes are really well balanced, so you’re getting texture, sweet, spicy, salty, and savory all on the same plate. Infusing flavor in every bite is really important to me. Swordfish is one of my favorite fishes to use. It’s got great flavor and texture. My hope is to do some more seasonal dishes as well as we get into spring.”

The restaurant also serves traditional thick-crusted and rectangular Sicilian-style pizza with LaRosa’s secret dough ingredients. The menu offers more than 15 different varieties of pizza including the traditional margherita and cheese. The classic Sicilian style features traditional ingredients like tomato sauce, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, herbs, and parmesan for a blend of flavors.

“My dough is fantastic. People love my dough, and I think that’s what gives us an edge. There’s a lot of pizza in Connecticut. So you’ve really got to have good stuff here to compete.” LaRosa said. “The dough is light and airy and not your typical dense bogged-down Sicilian-style pizza. It’s got good rise, crumb, texture and flavor. It’s really, really good.”

Creating a destination place

Noto Americano, located at 83 West Main St., sits adjacent to the Rails to Trails bike path and walkway that cuts through downtown Plantsville. The restaurant already features outdoor seating covered by an awning behind the building, but the owners have plans to expand that to fully utilize the property.

“This is the perfect spot,” LaRosa said. “We’re in the center of Plantsville that is really up and coming. We’re also right near the bike path and in a really visible location. The building had great bones so we only did some modernizing and redecorating to the inside. But you really can’t ask for a better spot.”

The restaurant recently won approval to add an outdoor patio in the front of the building, bringing an additional 50 more seats to the establishment. A newly constructed fence in the front of the building allows the restaurant to serve liquor outdoors.

“Were also doing an inside-outside bar on the other side of the building facing the trail, which will add seating as well. So we’re really excited about these changes and utilizing the full potential of the space.”

Noto Americano currently only serves dinner and is open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday; and 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Southington restaurant received priority health code violations during inspection

SOUTHINGTON — A local restaurant received priority violations, the most serious under a new system using the FDA food code, during a December health inspection.Young Young Chinese Buffet, 1668 Meriden-Waterbury Road, was cited with five priority violations during an inspection by the South Central Health District on Dec. 13 following a complaint, accor...

SOUTHINGTON — A local restaurant received priority violations, the most serious under a new system using the FDA food code, during a December health inspection.

Young Young Chinese Buffet, 1668 Meriden-Waterbury Road, was cited with five priority violations during an inspection by the South Central Health District on Dec. 13 following a complaint, according to the inspection report.

While the original complaint was not substantiated, the establishment was cited for having unauthorized personnel enter through the back door holding raw fish by the tail. The fish appeared to be freshly caught and not from an approved food distributor.


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Messages left with employees of Young Young Chinese Buffet were not returned.

The violation was addressed and corrected on site at the time of the inspection by Young Young staff who attempted to intervene and have the person leave, according to the report. The inspector confirmed with the person that the food item was not from an approved distributor and the inspector required the item be removed from the establishment, the report states.

The establishment was also cited after an employee was observed going out for a cigarette and returning to food preparation without washing hands, according to the report. The violation was addressed at the time of inspection by asking the employee to wash their hands. The employee rinsed one hand in a three-bay sink and was unwilling to properly wash hands in the dedicated sink with soap and hot water, according to the report.

The restaurant was also cited for an employee having bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat-food, according the inspection report.


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Another priority violation, according to the report, involved a large volume of cooked foods stored at room temperature on the counter. The violation was corrected by the business at the time of the inspection by placing foods in cold holding to properly bring temperatures down within adequate time, the report states.

The establishment was also cited for having a food service employee who lacked food safety knowledge and understanding. That was addressed on site at the time of the inspection through observation and conversation, the report states. South Central Health District staff required re-certification to be completed for maintaining an educated certified food protection manager who works in a full-time capacity in the kitchen.

An inspector from the health district returned to Young Young a week later on Dec. 20 for re-inspection and all "priority violations" were corrected.

No other Southington restaurants were cited for a priority violation in December or January, according to the health district.


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'Science-backed' code

As of February 2022, Connecticut joined most other states in adopting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration food code, taking a more standardized approach to inspections.

“That FDA food code is a federal recommendation,” said Susan Lonczak, director of the South Central Health District. “It’s a code of science-backed recommendations for how to inspect and properly oversee restaurants.”

Although the new system no longer uses “pass or fail," it is based on three criteria focused on "priority item violations" that would have an impact on people.


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“So the more critical the issue or the more impact it has on people the faster we’re going to have them fix it,” Lonczak said.

Generally restaurants that have priority item violations “fail” and those that have core item violations and no major priority item violations “pass."

Types of violations

“Priority item violations are more critical, like temperature violations, food items being stored at incorrect temperature or the fridge not working,” Lonczak said.


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These violations must be corrected by the permit holder no longer than 72 hours following the inspection.

“Priority foundation item violations are things that need to be cleaned like gaskets, behind the stove, interior of the fridge, food contact surfaces,” said South Central Health District sanitarian Bianca Miorino.

These must be corrected no later than 10 calendar days following the inspection.

“Core item violations are not an immediate threat to the public, but in need of basic repair like tile stains, cleaning under equipment etc.” said South Central sanitarian Fallon Foreman. “So kind of things that might need regular maintenance that can get out of control and lead to things like pests etc.”


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These must be corrected by an agreed upon date and time or specified by regulatory authority, but no later than 90 calendar days following the inspection.

The new form

All violations and corrections are recorded on a lengthy and detailed inspection report and continuation form.

“The new system makes it more complicated for the inspector but it also deepens the relationship that we have with the establishments because it pushes more conversations with them, gives explanations, builds better habits and holds them accountable,” Lonczak said. “The form can be overwhelming for restaurants as well so the continuation form is like a cheat sheet of notes from the inspector on what the issues are and how to correct them.”


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“If we do identify an imminent health hazard it could be at that moment that we require that it’s fixed or closure of the restaurant depending on how severe or significant the threat is to public health,” Foreman said.

“They have the authorization through me to make that call,” said Lonczak.


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