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Friday
Jul272012

Great news for fans of Cortina Pizzeria, Norwalk!  

Chef/ owner Pat Pascarella of Cortina Pizzeria (the former Pizzeria Rosso) told CTbites that he is relocating from the current New Canaan Avenue location and re-opening on Wall Street in Norwalk with a larger menu and plenty of seats. During the relocation the New Canaan Avenue location will close on July 29th with the new Wall Street full-service restaurant scheduled to open in September.

The menu at the new restaurant will feature more than Chef Pat’s delicious pizzas (yes, he will feature the CTbites Pizza). He shared a sneak peak of some of the items he is considering and they include various meatballs, (including a meatball sampler plate), a variety of appetizers and salumi, salads including house-made mozzarella and burrata plus an assortment of pasta dishes. When CTbites spoke with Pascarella, he stated, "I am excited about opening the new location where I can expand the menu and offer more choices to my customers.  I also want to price the menu so everyone can come to the restaurant and enjoy some great food at reasonable prices.

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Friday
Jul272012

Redding Roadhouse Gets New Chef & New Life

Big news for fans of the Redding Roadhouse. It looks like the Roadhouse is under new ownership with a hot new chef and a master plan for success. Dan Woog reports on this story in his blog 06880.

For years, Westporters have passed the Redding Roadhouse — the restaurant/bar with live music and a casual-but-almost-biker’s-hangout vibe on Route 53, past Devil’s Den  and the Saugatuck Reservoir — and wondered, “What’s up with that?”

For years, they drove on by. A group of Westporters plans to change all that.

Earlier this month Ted Stonbely, his wife Colleen Cook, and her brother Wirt Cook took over the place. When they reopened 3 days later, they’d already made  tweaks.

Bigger changes lie ahead. Including more outreach to folks down in these parts.

Read full article here.

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Thursday
Jul262012

Invites: 4 Course Italian Wine Dinner @ Da Pietro's Restaurant - $85

Join Chef Pietro Scotti for a very personal all inclusive dinner event at Da Pietro's Restaurant in Westport, CT on Tuesday August 21 from 7:30-9:30 pm for $85.

Whether a romantic dinner for two, or a night out with friends, the intimate nature of Da Pietro's lends itself to a very special evening. MORE INFO HERE

Chef Pietro will introduce the evening with one of his specialties: Home Made Mozzarella rolled with Prosciutto di Parma and Baby Arugula over Cannellini Bean Salad. 

Paired with a Prosecco di Umbria, you will enjoy this starter as he returns to the kitchen to prepare an amazing menu to include Fresh Pasta stuffed with roasted eggplant, mushrooms and ricotta cheese, and a main entree of Filetto di Maile, Medallions of Pork finished with Port Wine and Shitake Mushroom Sauce. 

Italian wine, specially selected by a favorite winemaker, will enhance each course and the evening will finish with a dessert of Tarta di Pera, Pear Tart will Vanilla Sauce and your choice of coffee or tea.

Named Best of the Gold Coast for 3 years in a row, here is your opportunity to see and taste first hand the delicious dishes at Da Pietro's!

Thursday
Jul262012

Amuse Bouche: The All Beverage Issue

Stew Leonard’s Wines is getting into the Olympic spirit. They will also be hosting a “Wide World of Spirits” on Friday, July 27 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 28 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. featuring four drinks from four continents.

Westport's new wine shop, BottleRocket will host several events this weekend. If you haven't stopped by yet, this top notch wine haven is worth a taste. Thurs, July 26:  Magic Hat Elder Betty beer (seasonal, weiss-style and super refreshing), 4-7pm: Fri, July 27:Mer Soleil Chardonnay from California, 4-7pm & Sat, July 28: Laxas Albarino (refreshing summer sipper from Spain), 1-4pm

Hartford's City Steam brew pub, already distributing their Naughty Nurse pale ale in bottles at retail, is rolling out bottles of their Innocence IPA in the coming weeks. We've asked, and we'll update you when we know Ffld. Co. locations. 

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Wednesday
Jul252012

Grassroots: A Wakeman Town Farm Dinner on September 15

Save the Date! Wakeman Town Farm is thrilled to announce our first Farm-to-Table dinner with chefs serving their finest fare on Saturday, September 15. "Grassroots" will be a decadent extravaganza, using the fresh seasonal vegetables, made possible by the generous contributions of local farmers. 

Presenting the star chefs for this special evening:

Jason Sobocinski of Caseus, New Haven
John Naughright of LeFarm, Westport
Frederic Kieffer of Artisan, Southport
John Barricelli, Sono Bakery, Norwalk & Westport

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Wednesday
Jul252012

Road Trip: 116 Crown in Downtown New Haven

116 Crown (“One-Sixteen,” as its known to loyal patrons) arrived on the downtown New Haven scene in 2007 with little fanfare, but its impact was immediate and resounding. Nothing quite so chic, so stylish, had been seen in the Elm City. With its lit up green onyx bar easily visible from the street, 116 stood out as a beacon of alternative dining and nightlife, easily distinguishable from the loud clubs and Irish pubs on nearby blocks. A sophisticated crowd sought out the modestly sized space in search of haute mixology creations – extraordinary cocktails containing exotic ingredients – and worldly small plates to nibble on.  The perfectly pitched décor, highlighted by impressive design touches like an iconic bright blue Bang & Olufsen phone at the hostess stand and foot pedal-operated sinks by the bathrooms, and an undeniably hip ambiance perpetuated by a fantastic of-the-moment musical playlist, kept the cool kids coming back. 

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Tuesday
Jul242012

Respect for Source: The Ritual of Pasta Making at Pasta Nostra in South Norwalk

Joe Bruno’s formula for Pasta Nostra in South Norwalk is simple. Fresh pasta, high quality ingredients, and respect for source. This meticulous attention to detail and devotion to perfection has kept it a Fairfield County mainstay for well over two decades.

To understand how Chef Bruno can maintain this vigilance, we visited on several occasions, spending time in the upstairs kitchen, a basement prep area, in the dining room and even peering into a few cave-like basement rooms where the Italian olive oil and cases of wine are stored. But to truly grasp the soul of this place, we spent most of our time there with an Italian pasta machine in a basement prep area, where the restaurant’s fresh pasta is prepared with care.

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Tuesday
Jul242012

The CTbites and 109 Cheese & Wine Road Trip Giveaway

From the coast of Maine, to the island of Nantucket, to the beaches of Long Island ... who doesn’t love a great summer road trip? As we downshift into the slower and warmer final weeks of summer, CTbites wants to know, what are some of your favorite road trip destinations?

Comment on this post sharing one or more of your favorite summer road trip destinations for a chance to win a picnic basket from 109 Cheese and Wine filled with cheese, wine and charcuterie from the Ridgefield wine shop. 

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Monday
Jul232012

King's Kitchen Cooks The Westport Farmer's Mkt July 26

This Thursday, July 26th, Hunter King of King's Kitchen in Southport Beach will be the guest Chef at The Westport Farmers’ Market. 

Hunter will be dishing out a seasonal favorite, tomato gazpacho, made with tomatoes from Riverbank Farm and served with a dollop of cucumber sorbet. In addition to this summer staple, Hunter will be making a fun twist on a classic, with Kings Kitchen Grilled Cheese Panini Fries. Made with Wave Hill Ciabatta, these fries are just as addicting as they sound, delicious, gooey, strips of grilled cheese heaven, cut to resemble a French fry!

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Monday
Jul232012

Carpe Diem Owner to Open Tapas Restaurant in New Canaan

Great news for New Canaan. Alan Basaran, owner of Carpe Diem, told CTbites that he will open a second restaurant at 15 Elm St., the location that formerly housed Harvest Supper. The menu at the new, currently unnamed, restaurant will feature Spanish Tapas and deliver the same high-quality food that guests receive at Carpe Diem.
 
When CTbites spoke with Basaran he stated, "The people of New Canaan have been fantastic at Carpe Diem, and I always planned on opening a second restaurant in town. The timing and the location were perfect and I really look forward to bringing a Spanish menu to my friends and customers." With an early fall 2012 planned opening, Basaran is busy planning the decor and the menu to deliver more delicious food to his guests in New Canaan.
 
Stay tuned as CTbites prepares its "Behind the Scenes" with Alan Basaran and the new chef.