Roundup: Albert Pizzirusso, Sidewalks, Optimum,


Albert Pizzirusso, a longtime Westport resident and owner of A&S Fine Foods in Westport and Stamford, died Sunday. He was 46

The Yonkers, New York native graduated from The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. He became chef at legendary restaurants, including the Rainbow Room, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and others. 

At the Rainbow Room he impressed Julia Child with his dedication. He was the only person in the kitchen who did not stop working when she entered. She noted that that commitment and focus proved he had what takes to go into business for himself. She was right.

Albert combined his love of Italian culture, great food and old school “let me make you an espresso” traditional service in his businesses, with quality of service and offerings from a bygone era.

He added value to his community through great generosity to local charities and organizations.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, with whom he ran A&S Fine Foods for 2 decades; parents Agnes and Angelo; brothers Mario (his twin), and Michael; sister-in-law Laura; nephews Matthew and Eric, and his beloved Yorkie, Eddie.

Due to current restrictions, services will limited to family and close friends. A lover of celebrating just about anything, a Celebration of Life will be held in his honor in Westport this summer.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Connecticut Humane Society in Westport.

Albert Pizzirusso


On Sunday, Carole Schweid noted that the Treadwell/Riverside/Saugatuck Avenue intersection in front of Riverside Barber Shop had not been shoveled.

That spurred Robbie Guimond — owner of Bridgebrook Marina, across the street — into action. He was happy to help.

Ta-da! Here’s what the sidewalk looked like yesterday. Thanks, Robbie!

(Photo/Carole Schweid)


For years, Optimum/Altice has had a monopoly on cablevision services throughout the area.

A new group — the Tristate Coalition for Fair Internet Service — is working on legal challenges through the New York State Attorney General’s office, and promoting alternate providers. They’re also collecting data on customer experiences with the longtime cable service.

Click here for details.


Connect-Us Academy is a great Bridgeport-based after-school program that helps young people ages 16 to 21 cultivate professional business skills.

This Thursday (February 18, 4:30 p.m.), they welcome a new class. Students will share their experiences, and their excitement at what’s aheda.

Westporter Rich Eldh — co-founder emeritus of SiriusDecisions will deliver a keynote address. Click here to watch via Zoom.

Richard Eldh


Valentine’s Day is gone. But love remains in the air.

And in cyberspace.

Play With Your Food’s performance of “Love Notes” — an evening of thought-provoking play readings and stories — is available online for a limited time.

Click here for the selections: “I Was Fine Until You Came Into the Room,” “My Life in France,” “Bar Mitzvah Boy,” “Love Poems for Married People” and “The Diaries of Adam and Eve,” followed by a talkback with the director and cast.

For more Play With Your Food information click here; follow on Facebook (@PWYFood) or Instagram (@playwithyourfoodct), or call 203-293-8729.

The Play With Your Food cast.


As we slog through mid-February, Lou Weinberg provides a burst of color — and a reminder that spring is only 32 days away:

Female cardinal (Photo/Lou Weinberg)


And finally … on this day in 1923, Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

11 responses to “Roundup: Albert Pizzirusso, Sidewalks, Optimum,

  1. Matthew Mandell

    I am heartbroken. Albert was the nicest and sweetest man. This is a huge loss to our community. My thoughts go out to his family.

    Albert and A&S catered so many Chamber events and he did my birthday party just before the pandemic hit.

    I will miss his smile.

  2. Albert was a great guy I always got food from him great staff I am very hurt he will be missed he also lived and loved Westport to the family you need anything contact me sal liccione

  3. Bill Strittmatter

    I’m a bit surprised you would go with a racist video.

    • Dermot Meuchner

      Making fun of Arabs at their expense is fine it seems. Why isn’t this considered anti-Semitic?

  4. A & S Westport is one of my favorites. He had such great warmth and personality – his wife is equally lovely and our hearts go out to her. Deepest sympathy to his family and crew. Very glad business will be going forward, Albert will be missed and will live on through the amazing stores he created.

  5. Thanks for the shoutout of TSCFIS! Thanks to you, our survey has seen many new responses from the area.

    Appreciate the help from all with our efforts to grow!

    • Our survey data was lost when Google disabled the account without our knowledge. We are appealing this change. In the meantime, we created a new survey which we are backing up.

      please visit our website and complete our survey about Optimum/Altice, even if you already did in February. Thank you for your support.

  6. I am shocked and devastated to hear about Albert. He was such a decent and kind person and had such pride in his store and his catering. He catered an event for Hadassah a few years ago and was unbelievably patient dealing with all the requirements for a kosher meal and still made it delicious. He will will be missed. Our heartfelt condolences go to his family and team.

  7. Been to the Valley of the Kings and Tut’s tomb…awesome! Also my dad worked at 30 Rock (Rainbow Room). One of my client’s brother was Joe Baum…Windows of the World, Rainbow Room and Four Seasons

  8. Frontier provides cable/internet/voice services so Optimum does not have a monopoly

    • They have a monopoly in many other of their covered areas. Our group has followers from Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.