Pasta Politics: Why Joe Biden Likes Mario’s Macaroni

Mario Testa wants Joe Biden to feel the Bridgeport love.

October 2009: Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Chris Dodd visit a Fairfield commuter lot off the Merritt Parkway to celebrate the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that pumped $67 million to renovate the bucolic highway.

Most Irish pols love Italian food: quick, easy, tasty if you know what you’re doing. Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa knows how to stir the political pot from his Madison Avenue restaurant where a steady stream of insiders visit his open-door policy early mornings, the best time to reach him prior to his afternoon siesta. Moses could come down from the mountain holding an 11th tablet etching–thou shall not speak ill of Mario’s meatballs–and the town chair will not violate conditions of his respite.

Senator Dodd was hungry. So was Biden. Dodd had tasted Mario’s meals many times. How about a little Mario al dente? Mario received word he might have Veep company. Biden’s staff, however, said we must keep him on schedule, no restaurant visit. So Mario entreated a worker to deliver a dish for Biden to enjoy on his way to the airport.

One week later, a letter arrives.

“Dear Mario, I thank you for the delicious pasta. Next time I am in Bridgeport, I will have to try some of your famous meatballs.”



  1. Good thing Biden has drivers because if he comes up for the meatballs in his own car he would probably drive to Mario’s at the train station in Westport and say……..
    what happened it’s gone?

  2. Not a big surprise here
    What’s happening in BPT is a microcosm for the State and the old city machines nationwide!

    Wake up people! This is who supports Biden!

    Vote for Bernie!


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