Paci Restaurant in Southport Re-Launches with New Interior & Menu

Stephanie Webster

Paci, one of Connecticut’s best Italian restaurants, has completed a grand remodeling and renovation after 21 years in business.  The restaurant, located in the nationally recognized historic train depot in Southport, will reopen on September 5th after a two month long redesign. The fresh new space showcases a new gleaming 1000 square foot glass walled bar with spacious seating as well as a gorgeous new dining area.  The adjacent grounds will offer patio seating hedged with lush greenery.  A new menu and hours of operations are also planned.

Renowned Chef Robert Patchen and his wife Donna are the owners and driving force behind the legendary Paci Restaurant, which has been serving exceptional Italian cuisine in a modern classic style for over 21 years.  “These new changes represent the evolution of Paci,” says Donna.  “Our focus is to continually give our loyal customers a quality experience, while we introduce ourselves to a new generation of diners who seek a casual and modern energetic ambiance.”

Chef Robert, a celebrated culinary master, has had a passion for great food since an early age.  He forged many of his skills while working as a young apprentice in his grandmother’s restaurant when he was just 8 years old.  He quickly developed and cultivated a palate for great food while never forgetting the strong influences of his family traditions.  His kitchen expertise is equally matched by his passion and comprehensive knowledge of wine.  His extensive collection of Italian wines has earned 19 years of Wine Spectator Awards.  To further enhance his stellar wine collection, Chef Robert plans to introduce a special selection of fine California wines.  

“For 21 years I have been ingredient driven, taking great pride in selecting seasonal components from our own organic garden beds and from the local markets for my menu, as well as selecting only the best and highest quality meats, poultry and seafood,” says the James Beard Award winning Chef Robert.  His hand crafted pastas, desserts and ice creams are also created from pure and natural ingredients.