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East Haven is a town in Connecticut located three minutes away from New Haven and 35 miles from Hartford, the capital. It is part of the Greater New Haven area, founded in 1683. The town population was 28,189 as of the 2000 census. It is known for its primarily Italian-American population. The shape of the town is vertically long, and split into three different areas: Foxon, the Center, and Momauguin. Foxon is the northernmost section and is surrounded Branford and North Branford as well as New Haven. The Center is not geographically the center of town, but contains the town hall, library, and the green, surrounded by a suburban area. Momauguin, to the south, borders New Haven along the coastline and contains the Tweed New Haven Regional Airport.

Snowy street in East Haven, February, 2001

Get in

I-95 South exit 52 or 51 I-95 North exit 51 I-91 which is on the west of town and it intersects with the town at the Foxon line and connects with the north of [Branford][1] Rt 1 is parallel to I-95 through, what is called, the "Center" of town and connects to State Route 100.

Two nearby train stations: Union Station, located 3 miles from the center of New Haven, and a commuter station an equal distance away in Branford.

Tweed New Haven Regional Airport on the border of New Haven. Located at 155 Burr St. Telephone: +1 203-466-8888. [2]

Get around

CT Transit – Public bus system running throughout Connecticut, including within East Haven. Routes can be found here: [3]

Route 100 runs across East Haven to connect the "central" area with the "Foxon" area.


A Civil War cannon, on the town green

Shoreline Trolley Museum. Includes displays and hands-on exhibits, a guided tour of nearly 100 vintage trolleys, as well as a variety of trolley rides along the historical Branford Electric Railway. Located at 17 River St. Telephone: 203-467-6927. Admission: adult $8, senior $6, child (2-5) $4. Family value: 2 adults and unlimited children $24. Children under 2 are free. April, November, December through the 17th: Sundays from10AM-5PM with trolleys running all day. May, September, October: Sat and Sun from 10AM-5PM. Summer hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day): every day from 10AM-5PM. Scheduling may vary, see website for details. [4]

East Haven Historical Society Museum. Old East Haven High School 200 Tyler Avenue. Hours: Wednesday from 11AM to 2PM or by appointment.


AMF Circle Lanes. Bowling. Located at 525 Main St. Telephone: 203-467-6351.

East Haven Town Beach. Located along Cosey Beach Ave. Includes picnic area, playground, volleyball and bocci courts. Fee for non-residents to park and use the beach.

Self-Guided Tour of East Haven Green. [5]. Located where Main St. (Rt 100) and Hemingway Ave. meet. Across from 300 Hemingway Ave.

Seasonal Town Events. In the fall, typically late September, the town hosts the Fall Festival in the center of town, where they set up merchant and food stands, carnival rides, band performances, a classic car show, and raffles. On Independence Day, the town hosts a beach party on the East Haven Town Beach. Every year the town has a popular Memorial Day Parade, and every fifth year it hosts the Columbus Day Parade, which is shared with five other cities and towns in southern Connecticut.


East Haven Town Hall

East Haven Plaza Shopping Center. Located at 656 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-468-2786.

Palmer’s Jewelers. Family-owned fine jewelry retailer. Custom-made and brand name items. Custom orders available. Jewelry and watch repair and polishing. You can bring in your old gold to sell to Palmer’s for cash. Located at 428 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-469-7553. [6]

Petonito’s Pastry Shop. A traditional Italian pastry shop specializing in wedding cakes. Located in the East Haven Mall, 190 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-469-1817. Hours: Tues-Sat 8:30-5:30, Sun 8:30-1:00, closed Monday.


Aniello Pizza and Italian Restaurant. Italian cuisine and grinders ranging from $6 to $20 depending on meal type, with most falling evenly in between. Normal and gourmet pizzas are available, as well as stuffed breads. Located at 346 Hemingway Ave. Telephone: +1 203-467-5694. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-11PM, Sun 12PM-10PM. [7]

Antonio’s Ristorante. Classic Italian dishes with a modern twist. Prices are a bit on the high side, typically from $13 to $23 for meals, and a variety of wines available, both inexpensive and costly. Located at 672 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-469-2386. Hours: Tues-Fri Lunch 11:30AM-2PM Dinner 5PM-10PM, Sat Dinner 5PM-10PM, Sun Dinner 4PM-9PM, closed Monday. [8]

Apizza Grande. Italian restaurant, catering, and pizza. Located at 620 Coe Ave. Telephone: +1 203-467-4992.

Brickhouse Restaurant. American cuisine; hamburgers, sandwiches, and seafood. Located at 383 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-469-8585.

Capotorto’s Apizza Center. Traditional thin-crust pizza with a variety of toppings. Stuffed breads, calzones, Italian grinders, pasta dinners and more available. Located at 945 Foxon Rd. Telephone: +1 203-469-8404. Hours: Tues-Sat 11AM-10PM, Sun 12PM-9PM, closed Monday.

Country Kitchen. Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and has a kid’s menu. The menu is varied but sticks to traditional American/Southwestern foods typically found in diners. Located at 220 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-469-7433. [9]

Chili’s Grill & Bar. Chain restaurant specializing in American and Southwestern cuisine. It has a very active yet cozy atmosphere and is a popular lunch and dinner spot for groups of friends, families, and parties. The service is generally friendly and fast. Some nights, such as Fridays and Saturdays, may be busy, and there is the possibility of a wait but usually not. Aside from the restaurant, there is a bar with sports TV. Located at 58 Frontage Rd. Telephone: +1 203-467-1533. [10]

China Star. Chinese take-out. Located at 214 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-469-8868. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11AM-11PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-11:30PM, Sun 12PM-10:30PM.

De Palma’s Apizza. Located at 440 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-469-1988.

Foliage Chinese Restaurant. Chinese take-out. Located at 452 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-469-1732. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11AM-11PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-11:30PM, Sun 12PM-10:30PM. [11]

Giuseppe’s Apizza. Located at 853 Foxon Rd. Telephone: +1 203-469-7778.

Jennifer’s Ice Cream. 22 flavors! Also serves cakes and other frozen treats. The milkshakes are delicious. Located at 388 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-468-1573. Summer hours (Memorial to Labor day): 10AM – 10PM. Winter hours (Labor to Memorial Day): Tues-Thurs 11AM - 9PM, Fri 11AM - 10PM, Sat 10AM – 10PM, Sun 10AM-9PM, closed Monday. Closed Dec 25 – Jan 10. [12]

John and Maria's A cute little pizza shop on the Foxon side of town. Since 1990 they have been serving Southern Italian recipes. They have catering and a great variety of food; anywhere from a salad to a pizza or eggplant parmesian. Located on 280 Foxon Rd. Telephone: (203)466-1550. Hours: Sun-Mon 3-9PM, Tues-Thurs 12-930PM Fri-Sat 12-10PM.[13]

La Bamba. Ecuadorian cuisine. Located at 460 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-467-9480.

Lapergola Cucina Mediterranea. Italian cuisine. Located at 408 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-469-1764.

Minervini’s. Pizzeria and restaurant, also serving calzones, stuffed breads, subs, pasta, and other items. Though small, the place is nicely decorated and the service friendly, making it a cozy spot. The pizza's good, too! Located at 216A Main St. Telephone: +1 203-468-8995. Hours: Tues-Sat 11AM-10PM, Sun 3PM-9PM, closed Monday. [14]

Our Oasis. Middle Eastern as well as American cuisine restaurant and delicatessen. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served. Prices are generally cheap, under $10. Located at 664 Coe Ave. Telephone: 203-466-2747. [15]

The Rib House. American restaurant and sports bar featuring barbeque. Take-out available. Located at 16 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-468-6695. Hours: Mon-Thurs 4PM-10PM, Fri 4PM-11PM, Sat 3PM-11PM, Sun 1PM-9PM.

Ristorante Faustini. Mainly Italian cuisine. A small place, so reservations recommended. Prices range from $10 to $17, usually falling fairly in between. Located at 190 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-467-9498. Menu available: [16]

Sandpiper Restaurant. Specializes in seafood, yet carries other options such as steak, chicken and pasta dishes. Kids menu available. Restaurant area as well as front area to order ice cream and smaller meals. Popular spot for beach-goers, with the East Haven Beach is right across the street. Prices range from about $4 to $27 depending on meal type. Located at 161 Cosey Beach Ave. Telephone: +1 203-469-7544. Hours: Sun-Thurs 11AM-9PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-9:30PM. [17]

Tolli’s Apizza. Brick oven pizza (normal and gourmet), wraps, grinders, and some Italian meal options ranging from $10 to $15. Lunch menu with wraps, burgers, and other items available all for under $10. It is beautifully decorated, inside and out, in a distinctly Mediterranean style. Includes a bar. Located at 410 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-469-9582. [18]

Twin Pines Diner. Large and varied menu with breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, along with a lot of specials. Typically good service and food. Price average is $10, give or take a few. Located at 34 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-468-6887. [19]


Old Stone Church, completed in 1774

Foxon Park sodas are sold at most pizzerias in town, as well as at certain grocery and convenience stores. Foxon Park Beverages, Inc. is a soda manufacturer located in East Haven, whose products can be found in restaurants throughout the state, most notably in the more famous pizzerias in New Haven. They are a local favorite, known for their 18 unique flavors and the use of real sugar. For more information, visit the website: [20]

Barra’s Café. Located at 679 Main St. Telephone: +1 203-468-6066.

Columbia Coffee Inc. Coffee, tea, and fruit juice. 192 Commerce St. Telephone: +1 203-469-3677.

Dunkin Donuts. 91 Frontage Rd (+1 203-468-3800) and 320 Main St (+1 203-469-9211).

Smitty’s East Side Café. Lunch also available. Located at 212b Main St. Telephone: +1 203-469-5677.


Quality Inn. Mixed reviews, with some claiming there are filthy rooms. Location is next to a highway, so noise may be an issue. However, complimentary breakfast and coffee is included! All rooms come with air conditioning, cable television, and high speed internet. Outdoor swimming pool. Pets are accepted. Prices from $74 a night. Located at 30 Frontage Rd. Telephone: +1 203-469-5321.

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