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EAST HAVEN -- When Alina and Constantin Caldarariu opened the Transilvania Cafe in Fairfield in 2020, bucking the pandemic, the storefront joint for Romanian and east European comfort food fulfilled a dream.
It was also a steppingstone for the Romanian immigrants who met while working in Bermuda's hospitality industry and moved to Connecticut in 2013. All along, even as they opened the Fairfield eatery, they had their eyes on an under-used 1706 landmark building on the Farm River in East Haven, known as the Old Mill.