A Food Review – Bloomfield Village Pizza- Bloomfield, CT

Food Review
Bloomfield Village Pizza

The Empress of Pizza- Maria Rosu 

Hey you! That’s right YOU!  Turn around- I’m speaking to you! Pull up a chair- I want to tell ya where to find a treasure! Yep a real “Royal” treasure! No map needed! Across from the Filley Pond Park and next to the Caruso garage in the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield, Connecticut can be found a treasure trove of out of this world culinary delights – all helmed by a beautiful sovereign – the affectionately known “Empress of Pizza” – Executive Chef Maria Rosu of Bloomfield Village Pizza. Chef Maria – is a true “world” chef with her influences coming from such countries including those of Greece, Romania and USA – her food – is fit for the royalty in all of us!!

I originally started coming to Bloomfield Village Pizza for their Pizza. As many know, I am ultra fussy over the type of pizza I enjoy- not too thin, doesn’t flop over when you pick it up, and super fresh ingredients. My usual order, a large cheese pizza. Like many food reviewers, I like to observe how my food is prepared – happily Bloomfield Village Pizza has an open air kitchen and as you know- tastier food comes from these open kitchens! So what did I observe? The dough is made fresh daily, and no ingredients go on till you order. Many pizzerias, have the Pizza dough pre made with the sauce and cheese already layered on, that’s lazy- so ultimately, you get a pre made, deflated flat, sauce soaked dough that doesn’t ever rise- NOT HERE!

At Bloomfield Village Pizza, you receive a fresh pizza dough orb, be it a small, medium or large, home-made tomato sauce is then ladled on, next comes a deluge of mozzarella, and your toppings- over 25 in all, be it pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, or even pineapple, drizzled with EVOO, and unto the pizza oven it goes. The end results- truly heavenly- in my case, right out out of the oven, a gorgeous bronze orb that is properly proudly raised, mozzarella glistens- oooie gooey deliciousness awaits inside, and the entire pizza is encircled with a delightfully moist, one inch outer crust moat – simply simply yummy – tummy “here it comes” delectable!

Many of you may know, I most recently underwent emergency open heart bypass surgery-I lived on jello and Ensure – but all I ever dreamed of for months- was the day I could get out of the hospital, head over to Bloomfield Village Pizza – and take home one of these cherished orb pizza treats! And I did!!!

Bloomfield Village Pizza is located at 34 Tunxis Avenue in Bloomfield, CT and the first thing I want you too notice when you enter the restaurant is their “Wall of Honor” – citations and proclamations presented to Chef Maria and her husband Stratos – including a Congressional Proclamation from United States Congressman John Larson, and dual Connecticut State Tributes from both Senator Eric Coleman and State Representative David Baram. In fact, every politician be they well known or “up and coming” utilize Village Pizza as “the place” for their “meet and greets”, special events, or just a “thank you party” for their constituents- you just never know who you might meet there when you pick up a pizza! The restaurant houses 15 large comfortable booths and tables at the front of the house. In the back atrium, is found a well stocked bar which seats over 30, pool tables, additional dining area and a special event hall.

Though named Bloomfield Village Pizza- I want you to take note that “The Empress” – Chef Maria does not only make Pizza- there is fine culinary delectables to be found inside. Yes – you can get hot, oh so tasty freshly made Grinders, Calzones, Club Sandwiches, burgers and the restaurants award winning “Off The Wall” Wings – but the restaurant prepares so much more! Chef Maria is a culinary master chef, especially when she is preparing two of some of the most savory delectable dishes I have ever sampled- firstly- look no further for something “fresh from the sea”- Maria’s “Whole Belly Clams” are mouth popping wonderful. Hand battered and lightly fried, these colossal gems are served with cocktail sauce and quartered lemon. We also take note and strongly urge you to try the baked Haddock. A massive, light, fluffy, fish steak. Maria prepares the Haddock- Greek style, EVOO, oven baked, and dusted with a bit of garlic and oregano and served with medallions of sliced baked tomatoes.



Pasta dishes are fully developed and delicious- my fav- the “Chicken Parmigiana”
an enormous platter of Chef Maria’s chicken breast cutlets, hand breaded and fried, plated with spaghetti and layered with homemade meat sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, then housed in the oven till the cheese bubbles, browns and runs freely on the plate-hearty and good!


Let me just state – No matter what you order at Bloomfield Village Pizza, it will be savory, delectable and delicious! Chef Maria Rosu you are truly a beautiful Empress presiding not only over Pizza but the entire Village of Bloomfield in preparing so many excellent creative dining offerings!

For pizzas and grinders and honey chicken wings, Empress Maria Rosu will have it -. that perfect plate of food just for you – you’ll find there’s quality service, your dollar buys more at 34 Tunxis Avenue in Bloomfield, CT, the finest pizza you have ever eaten and so much more!! Enjoy!!


Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at Howardbatv@aol.com


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FATE OF THE FURIOUS F8 – BATV Screening Invite Contest


To enter-to-win passes to the advance screening of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS in Hartford on Tuesday/April 11th. You will be notified via email if you’ve won. ONE entry per person please. Thank you.

For your chance to receive passes  to the advance screening of THE FATE AND THE FURIOUS  on Tuesday,  April 11th at 7pm  click here to enter contest:

Hartford SCREENING CONTEST LINK  – http://tinyurl.com/n5ztawq

Remember seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so arrive early!

Starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson

Now that Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can’t seem to escape, the crew will face trials that will test them as never before.


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You are “UNFORGETTABLE” – VIP MOVIE Screening CT Heigl and Dawson

My Dear Friends,

Please be my guest to the exclusive BATV screening of UNFORGETTABLE on Wednesday, April 19th. I also want to thank you for all your kind healing emails, calls and cards – your friendship is greatly appreciated as I continue recuperation from my recent open heart bypass surgery. Thanks so much!


For your chance to download passes to the advance screening of UNFORGETTABLE on Wednesday, April 19 at 7pm at Cinepolis West Hartford, click here: http://www.wbtickets.com/ArmHR44327
Remember seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so arrive early!

In theaters on April 21
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFXIBL617yc&t=4s

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Director: Denise Di Novi
Writer: Written by Christina Hodson
Producers: Denise Di Novi, Alison Greenspan, Ravi Mehta
Executive Producer: Lynn Harris

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, Geoff Stults, Cheryl Ladd, Sara Burns,
Whitney Cummings, Simon Kassianides, Isabella Rice, Robert Ray Wisdom

Dramatic Thriller. Tessa Connover (Katherine Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Geoff Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Rosario Dawson)—not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly (Isabella Rice). Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.

This film has been rated R for sexual content, violence,
some language, and brief partial nudity.


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CAINE FREEMAN ARKIN- Your VIP Screening of “Going In Style”

Hello Friends!

Would you like to attend the VIP screening of GOING IN STYLE? The film stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin. Our BATV screening will be on Monday, April 3rd in Hartford.

For your chance to download passes to the advance screening of GOING IN STYLE on Monday, April 3 at 7pm at Cinepolis West Hartford, click here:

Remember seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so arrive early!


In theaters on April 7
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcdTN5soeQw

(New Line Cinema/Village Roadshow Pictures)

Director: Zach Braff
Writer: Screenplay by Theodore Melfi
Producer: Donald De Line
Executive Producers: Toby Emmerich, Samuel J. Brown, Michael Disco, Andrew Haas,
Jonathan McCoy, Tony Bill, and Bruce Berman

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, Joey King,
with Matt Dillon and Christopher Lloyd, John Ortiz, Peter Serafinowicz

Comedy. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.


This film has been rated PG-13 for drug content, language
and some suggestive material.

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THE BOSS BABY- Saturday Family Movie Screening Event in Connecticut


Dear friends, I continue with my rehab after my recent heart bypass surgery- small steps but better each day- I am down to 243lbs- still need to get rid of a lot more!

please keep sending your healing emails and letters- they are much appreciated!!

And now something for YOU!!!


BATV is hosting an advance screening of 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks’ upcoming release, THE BOSS BABY, on Saturday March 25th at 10 AM at Bow Tie Cinema City at the Palace – and you are invited!!!

I have 25 admit 4 passes for this special screening!!

Please find the URL and code below – go to the link and add the BATV code and get your passes- first come- first served!!!

URL: http://www.gofobo.com/BossBabyBATV
Code: BossBabyBATV


Release: March 31, 2017

Directed by: Tom McGrath

Written by: Michael McCullers (based on the award-winning picture book by Marla Frazee)

Producer: Ramsey Ann Naito

Cast: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Miles Bakshi


DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

THE BOSS BABY Official Channels

SITE: http://www.dreamworks.com/thebossbaby/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/thebossbaby

HASHTAG: #TheBossBaby

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Howard sends you a Heartfelt Gift- The POWER RANGERS VIP Screening

VIP MOVIE INVITE- It’s Morphin Time!!

My Dear Friends-

A Heartfelt Thank you for all your prayers, kind thoughts, good wishes, thoughtfulness, emails. Cards, and most importantly your friendship as I recover from my recent bypass surgery!

As an update- I am finally home and out of rehab-

As a special gift – I would like to invite you to SABAN’S POWER RANGERS.

For your chance to download passes to see SABAN’S POWER RANGERS on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7PM at Buckland Hills click here:

Release Date: March 24th
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kIe6UZHSXw

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Cast: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, featuring Bill Hader, with Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Banks
Directed by: Dean Israelite
Based o
Official Site: http://www.PowerRangers.Movie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PowerRangersMovie
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ThePowerRangers
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/PowerRangersMovie
Hashtags: #PowerRangersMovie, #Togeth

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Mending Hearts – Making it all anew- The Rehab of Howard

Mending Hearts- making it all anew!

The process of healing begins immediately- according to my surgeon, Dr. William Martinez, “Howard your heart was healed as soon as I added in the new arteries- now let your body heal- and that will take time”.

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I wobble, I sway, I teeter- clumsily I make my way from bed to chair. Within the first 24 hours they have me out of the bed. I clutch the red heart pillow that I was delivered with to offset the pain of my breastbone being divided in half to expose my heart. Sudden movements, coughing jags to bring up sputum, a sneeze, but it’s laughter that hurts the most as it rattles and agitates the chest cavity. Yet, I have to move this body. A day later, with an aide de camp, oxygen at tow, I make my first debut to the wooden hallway that borders my current 8th floor room here at St Francis- yes small baby steps.



A frightening moment alone. Truly, I am now dependent on the need of others – Nurses, aides, friends. Finally unleashed from the urinary catheter,
I have not urinated in several days. I await for other bodily functions to also return. I am provided medications to step up the process- but this also equates that I need someone to assist me in and out of the “toilet” where I am not that “free flowing” and it takes a bit of time for things to run freely downstream.
The time about 4:45pm – I call an aide to assist with my urination. The pee is shy in flowing – the aide adorned with an “Autumn Leaf” on her forearm, I can see is annoyed that I have wasted “her time” and hastily returns me to my bedroom chair and with a backward turn states, “I will be right back”. I still have to pee and pressure is mounting. Five, ten, 15 minutes pass- no return of “Autumn Leaf”. I then look for the “Call Button”-
It is way out of my reach- Autumn having buried it on the other side of the bed. I am now truly alone. “Help, Help”- I am truly screaming at those I hear out side my door- HELP! PLEASE HELP ME- PLEASE HELP ME ! Twenty, Twenty Five minutes pass- all of a sudden a Fire Drill goes off- someone slams my door shut- YOU BASTARDS!
Finally, at over 30 minutes, a savior arrives in the form of a Hospital Food Service Worker, delivering my dinner. In quick succession, she locates and PRESSES for the nurse- and they come a running including a visit by my surgeon – and tailing them – Miss “Autumn Leaf”. You know it- the old Howard flares up as I stare down this woman- “YOU LEFT ME VULNERABLE – AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW IT!!! Yep, I get out more of my indignation and the danger I was put upon me- but for those 30 minutes or so I was truly afraid! I want to leave….

I am truly blessed- and thank you are in order, first to God, o lord thank you for my life and guiding the surgeons hand, Dr. William Martinez-Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Patrick Corcoran, Interventional Cardiologist, my most fantastic brother Harvey Leon Frydman, Wayne Hypolite, this man came to my Hospital bed for several days at my lowest – and literally fed me!! Forcing me to eat – Wow! Dear Barbara Williams, son, Khalid, Meredith Johnson and her friend Tim, Donna and Victor- the whole “Christmas” Family” were at my bed side- at the very start of this journey. Good friend Sydney Schulman is writing me heart Health email advice and how that he had three bypasses as well- thank you for the lovely floral arrangement Syd and Alba. Of course my colleagues at the Bloomfield Board of Ed, thank you Don Harris for your healing prayers, and the Bloomfield Board of Education for the lovely floral arrangement. Many thanks to The Bloomfield Democratic Town Committee members and Chairman David Baram for the healthy Fruit Basket. Get well emails abound including a nice “holy crap” from singing sensation Nat Brown and love your Hospital “gownie” from famed actress Johanna Morrison.


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On Friday, late in the evening, I was finally released from Saint Francis Hospital and journeyed to the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield, CT- my first and only choice for rehab- Duncaster, specifically Caleb Hitchcock. I have often visited Duncaster over the years, as a guest or video taping a special event, anniversary parades to political programs, and have always marveled at the extraordinary care, respect and dignity provided. I am now a patient. My room, grand, beautiful, clean and bright, the cuisine extraordinary- The staff knowledgeable and friendly. I feel safe here!!
I am finally off the bottles of “Ensure” that I subsisted on at Saint Francis. I am walking, currently look like “Grizzly” Adams in my new Ralph Lauren PJs, and desperately need a beard trim, and a good haircut – but that’s what hats are for right?


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Today is Wednesday- March 1st. I am still residing at Duncaster. It has been 13 days since I started this journey with you.
You made it through the operation, you’re now off to rehab-the second leg of your recuperation. Yet I fear being forgotten.
I must state it is your family and friends that are your most important key to a truly continued successful healing process. For the majority of your healing, as I am in a rehabilitation, I admit I am alone. I do feel abandoned. Yes, I know there are nurses and aides and PT folks around but it’s not the same. A sense of being alone and forgotten does creep in to ones mind – “Where’s a call from this friend, does she know?” How come “so in so” didn’t send a card – do they know? She lives right down the road from Duncaster- why not visit?
So I kindly ask – please send me cards, emails, please visit me! Make me smile – but refrain from making me laugh- “oh the pain!”





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