Yale Welcomes Villarina's to Downtown New Haven :: Chapel-College District's Spring Wine Tasting

Yale’s University Properties celebrates the opening of Villarina’s Pasta, Gifts and More in the Chapel-College District of New Haven.

The press is invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Villarina’s at 11 a.m. on May 11 at 1092 Chapel St.

The new store offers a wide range of pastas, pre-packaged gourmet foods and gift items. In addition to these, it also carries high-quality practical kitchen items such as pasta pots and unusual utensils.

With a focus on Italian goods, Villarina’s is stocked with a variety of pasta, sauces, cheese, prepared dinners, soups and other delicacies. “We’ll also carry Italian ceramics, glassware, cookbooks, wine accessories and much more,” said Karen Pollard, co-owner of Villarina’s and a Connecticut resident.

From left to right: Bruce Alexander, Karen Pollard, Daniel Bresnihan, Jean Cozza, Carmen Cozza, John Pollard

“Downtown New Haven has so much to offer, but we think Villarina’s fills a niche in the market by providing the unique but also everyday kitchen item,” said Shana N. Schneider, director of marketing for University Properties.

“Karen Pollard and Daniel Bresnihan have an extensive background in retail, and Villarina’s will complement stores like Wave Gallery, Hello Boutique and others that are in the Chapel-College Street District,” said David Newton, director of University Properties.

Villarina’s opening coincides with the Chapel-College Spring Wine Tasting. The Chapel-College Merchants Association is sponsoring a series of wine-tasting events at local restaurants including Scoozzi Trattoria, CHOW and Caffe Adulis. The closing event, on Friday, May 12, 6–8 p.m., is a free wine tasting in the stores, including Endleman Gallery, Peter Indorf Jewelers, Elm City Fine Stationers, Yale Center for British Art Museum Store, Tailor New York, Luciano Padua, Hull’s Arts Supply & Framing and more. Each store will be serving a different wine, and visitors are encouraged to try them all.

Downtown New Haven, specifically the historic Chapel-College Street District, has boutiques, award-winning restaurants, world-renowned museums and theaters. Yale University has been an active partner in promoting New Haven’s economic development through its community investment program.

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