A week prior to the official opening on Saturday December 1st, SoNo Market Place decided to sponsor a soft opening on November 23rd and I decided that tasting some good local food was a whole lot better than fighting the crowds at the mall.
All of the food purveyors were in full test-mode and my first stop was Flat White Coffee to taste the coffee described to CTbites by owner, John Palino, back in September. This was a creamy blend of rich coffee and steamed milk, a brand brought over from New Zealand, and one that should meet with great success in CT.
But it's not just about coffee at SoNo Market Place. With over 20 food vendors and eateries, this European style market is poised to be a foodie destination. Guests lined up at Wise Guys Pizza for New Haven style pies; Norm Bloom served up fresh oysters and clams straight from the Norwalk waters, and Fish & Chips were on the menu from Gotta Nibble. Caterering company, Festivities, has a permananet spot here with their take-out biz, "Party Express." Local specialty purveyors and well known brands such as Knipschildt Chocolatier, Wave Hill Breads, and Nothin' But Granola have also opened shop at the market.
Truly, Everything from olive oil to pickles to gourmet fruit tarts can be found under SoNo's roof.
Need something to wash it down? Try "Up The Creek," the rustic beer and wine bar centrally located in the food court area.
You'll know where to find me on a Friday. I'll be the guy purchasing everything I need for the weekend; meats, fish, pastas, and tons of desserts. Go check it out for yourself.
SoNo Market Place is located at 314 Wilson Avenue, Norwalk