HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont launched Made by CT, an Instagram series highlighting notable Connecticut companies in industry sectors vital to the state. The first episode features New Haven restaurant Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and features guest Connecticut native Daym Drops, food critic and star of the Netflix original show, Fresh, Fried and Crispy.
Governor Lamont and Drops were greeted by Jennifer Kelly, co-owner and granddaughter of the restaurant’s founder and namesake. The three visited the historic pizza restaurant chain and had a chat over lunch about which state has the best pizza in America, how Drops gained internet fame and did business during the pandemic. They were joined by Scott Dolch, executive director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association.
Upcoming episodes will feature additional guest stars who are respected experts in their respective fields and industries. Viewers can watch the first episode of Made by CT on Governor Lamont’s Instagram profile, @GovNedLamont.
“Connecticut is a small state that strikes above its weight,” Governor Lamont said. “We have world-class businesses here, regardless of industry, and by showing them people should recognize that Connecticut is a great place to live, work, play and, most importantly, do business. We work hard to empower businesses, whether they be mom stores, pop stores, and large corporations, to settle down, increase their bottom line, and ultimately create more jobs for more workers across the state. “
“An important aspect of economic development is sharing Connecticut’s successes with a wide range of audiences,” said David Lehman, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. “We are proud of the businesses in our state and look forward to using Made by CT as another outlet to tell the world what we do, manufacture and sell here in Connecticut. “
“Connecticut is home to some of the best restaurants in the country, something more and more visitors are learning every year,” Dolch said. “The more than 8,000 restaurants in Connecticut are mostly small businesses, many of which are family owned. They are the backbone of our economy and are part of the unique fabric of our local communities, large and small. After a historically difficult year, our local restaurants are working harder than ever to serve the people of Connecticut and are playing a pivotal role in our state’s recovery.
“Made by CT should excite us all,” Drops said. “The importance of working together in our own state is just the beginning. We have a history here in Connecticut that needs to be preserved, but what we do today really affects our future. Along with Governor Lamont, I had the pleasure of not only meeting the family behind Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria in New Haven, but also discussing what makes Frank Pepe’s the people’s choice when it comes to great pizzerias in the Connecticut, and learn the history and secrets that have kept them in business for so long. Made by CT is exactly another reason I launched my restaurant reviews app called Restourant, where users can focus on both supporting and showcasing their favorite restaurants statewide because these local businesses really need our support now, more than ever.