All of the water sports and outdoor activities that this lovely area has to offer are guaranteed to tire you out and work up a good appetite. Luckily, Niantic's food and drink scene provides good meals and a hometown atmosphere for a comfortable vacation.If you're coming from out of town, you may call Italian sandwiches subs, heroes, hoagies...but if you want to order one Connecticut, remember to call it a "grinder". There's a few different restaurants you can grab one, each with its own speciality. Covino's Groceria Italiana has a mozzarella cheese to rival any sandwich shop in Italy, Hartford Giant Grinder pack on the meat for the most hungry vacationer, and Guiliano's Bakery is said to have the best bread in Connecticut. These restaurants and more constantly compete for the title of "Niantic's Best Grinder."The battle for the best Italian sandwich is just one element to the beauty of Niantic's local food scene. Covino's Groceria Italiana is just one of the many local vendors that attend the Niantic Farmers' Market. The farmers' market is held every Thursday on Methodist Street and is a great event for sampling the local flavor of this quaint village.
For a full week of Niantic's delicious treasures, come visit during the last week of February. During Restaurant Week, dozens of well-loved eateries offer unique deals: including gift cards, a free glass of wine, or prix fixe lunch and dinner specials. Whatever you're in the mood for, from East Coast Taco to Flander's Fish Market, you can grab a great deal during Restaurant Week. The event helps fund projects headed by the Niantic Main Street to revitalize and improve the surrounding community.