Vespa in Italian means wasp or hornet, both of which suggest a "buzz." Certainly a buzz exists at the newish Vespa restaurant in Westport, with its stylish décor, farm-to-table cuisine and genial atmosphere. And, at least when I visited, there wasn't a single Vespa, an Italian motor scooter, parked outside.
After my visits there, I asked Bobby Werhane, the owner, how he came up with the name. "I really wanted a modern take on traditional rustic Italian fare," he said, adding he also liked the sound of Vespa. "What we are doing has a contemporary riff to it."