The Radius Project
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Radius is about what happens when we explore the edges, paths, and landmarks of a city — and meet our neighbors. Through sound and image, we’re seeking out stories not far from some routes you might already know. Come along with us as WNPR maps Hartford, Connecticut in a new way.
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Radius 5: Mozzicato’s Bakery - The Radius Project
If you've visited Hartford's South End, you might be familiar with Mozzicato DePasquale Bakery on Franklin Avenue. It's one of those city institutions -- places that have been around for a long time, and that if you visit Hartford and don't stop in, you're crazy.
Mozzicato's has pastries, cakes, pizza, bread, and a lot of other food, plus a cafe where you can get espresso drinks.
"I had to do something, had to make a living," said Gino Mozzicato, who came to Hartford from Sicily in 1968 and started the bakery five years later. "People like us became a well-known name. We cater to the customer, to the people. We've been friendly, helpful, respectable. That's why we're over here today."
What used to be a mostly Italian neighborhood is now much more diverse. "Immigration change the people. Still the people still like the sweets," Mozzicato said.
Alfons Marotta has been a South End resident since 1949. Today he's the president of the South Hartford Merchants Association, and he's pleased to see new generations of homeowners move in to the neighborhood. "I think in the past three years, there has been a great change," he said.
At nearby Bulkeley High School, students speak 23 different languages. It has a program called City Slickers that brings together refugee, immigrant, and special needs students to a farm in Burlington, Connecticut to learn skills and connect with other students. We hear from some of them and learn more about what it's like for them to live in Hartford.
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