first of the LaMonica family to set foot in America was Angelo
LaMonica who was born in Sicily. He arrived at Ellis Island
in 1907 and immediately moved to the Midwest where, in order
to earn a living, he worked slaughtering cattle. He met his
wife Maria, who was also born in Sicily but they didn’t
know each other until they met in America.
later moved to Connecticut where they had several children,
among them, David and John. In the 1930’s David and John
owned and operated a wholesale fruit, produce and Italian products
business in downtown Torrington. This required weekly trips
to New York City to purchase products.
Great Flood of 1955 totally destroyed their business location
which caused a move to their current location on Migeon Ave.
After 40 years the long hours took their toll and they shifted
gears. In 1976 they opened a variety store in the adjoining
building. It included a small counter with 5 stools where customers
the family owned and operated both a grocery store and in the
adjoining building, a variety store. As the restaurant grew,
the variety store part of the business was squeezed out because
the space was needed for the restaurant to expand. Finally the
grocery store was closed for the same reason and the restaurant
expanded into that space as well.
the catering and restaurant business that still exists today
was born but they didn’t realize it at the time. David's
oldest son worked at the grocery store and then at the variety
store. He never wanted to be in the food business nor did he
plan for it, or attend school for it. But, as it turned out,
he and his two younger brothers were always “good with
food”, and apparently the Good Lord knew what plans He
had for the LaMonica family.
one of the brothers was asked to be in two different wedding
parties of friends. Each one asked if LaMonica’s would
cater their bachelor parties. And, as insignificant as that
sounds, it was the birth of the current catering business. The
parties were very well received and several of the guests at
those parties later requested LaMonica’s to cater events
for them and it grew from there.
years later, many generations of those original families are
still using LaMonica’s catering services for all sorts
of functions such as wedding showers, bachelor parties, holiday
office parties, baptisms, weddings, etc., and the restaurant
continues to flourish as well.