Contributor Kim Mattucci
It has been many years since a Mexican restaurant has been in Litchfield. Many have prayed for something other than pizza to come to town (not that there is anything wrong with pizza). Variety is the spice of life but, not so much in town. Well, the prayers have been answered and just in time for Fall! Day of the Dead Mexican Taqueria will be opening right here in Litchfield. Located at the Litchfield Food Mart Plaza at 469 Charles Bancroft highway next to Carl’s Barber shop.
One day while taking the family to Mel’s they thought about getting lunch but noticed there were not any restaurants in the area except for a local pizza restaurant. In their travels, they noticed the vacant spot at the food mart and decided to “go for it” as owner Karina Flores Mora stated. They could tell Litchfield needed something else and they are excited to “bring a smile to the faces of Litchfield with a taste of Mexico”. This is 100% authentic Mexican food; everything is always made from scratch using only the freshest ingredients. The recipes used are family recipes passed down for generations.
Karina states, “We take pride in our food. It identifies us”. The owner was born in Monterrey Mexico and is the youngest of 3 children. Her mother taught all of them to cook at a young age, telling them it was their legacy!
Along with authentic Mexican food, they will be able to serve beer, with many varieties from domestic to imported and of course Mexican! They hope to get their full liquor license soon but do not let that stop you from picking up some of their own homemade fresh lime squeezed margarita mix, just add ice and your favorite tequila. They will offer dine in and take out but will have limited seating while keeping with COVID-19 guidelines. You will also be able to order online and they will be using Door Dash. As they finish up and get ready for final inspections, they hope to be open soon. Hours of operation are still being hammered out as well
so be sure to follow them on their Facebook page, [Day of the Dead Mexican Taqueria] or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org .
So why the name? Day of the Dead, also known as All Soul’s Day, is a particularly important holiday in Mexico, one with great tradition. It is celebrated in November and brings family and friends together to remember loved ones that have passed. In Mexican culture, death is viewed
as a natural part of the human cycle. Mexicans view it not as a day of sadness but as a of celebration because their loved ones awaken and celebrate with them. “The fact that Nightmare New England is just two minutes away, convinced me that there was no better name and we hope
to share our traditions with the community”.