Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe opens on Old Gate Lane in Milford

Apr 27, 2016 936

The new Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe has the appearance of a polished national chain restaurant, but the big boss is called "Mama," described by her children as a "short, old-school Italian lady," 77, who pops in for taste tests at all the Nardelli's locations to make sure her recipes taste as they should.

"I just want to make sure it's all right," said Rina Nardelli, who still has a thick accent from Tuscany, where she grew up before coming to America at age 15. "I started with my husband, and I loved what I did so I wanted to keep doing it."

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