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It was dinnertime on a Friday, and my friend Jennifer and I decided to go out for a spontaneous dinner. But without reservations, we knew finding a table in Portland would be challenging. Drifters Wife had a 45-minute wait just to sit at the bar. At Baharat, a little more off the beaten path, the line of people waiting to be seated reached the door...

Antonio Albanese, owner of Matteo’s Bakery in North Kingstown is known for his legendary cannolis and traditional Italian baked goods. “We are known for our cannolis. We have people coming in who have tried them all over the state and keep coming back to Matteo’s. It’s a secret recipe, but my mother taught me that the most simple recipes are the be...

Anyone who’s read a newspaper in Fairfield County for the past few decades will remember Rita Papazian’s name. Or, more specifically, her byline. The name preceded countless stories ranging from crime news to celebrity interviews. Papazian also penned some books, including “Remembering Fairfield Connecticut: Famous People & Historic Places” for His...

Bucatini tossed with house-cured jowl bacon, Pomodoro and parmesan cheese, Vermont lamb neck ragu with orange, black olive, shaved pecorino and fried breadcrumbs over potato Paccheri, black orrchiette with pan-fried rock shrimp, Calabrian salami and chili: these are the sorts of dishes that jump off the dinner menu at the Arcadian in Middlebury. Ch...

Piccolo’s executive chef, Damian Sansonetti, is chuckling in the background. Despite his efforts, I can hear him over the speakerphone. I’ve just asked his wife, pastry chef Ilma Lopez, what inspired her to put smoked walnuts on a dark chocolate budino ($12) – an addition that pitch-shifts the tones of the custard-like dessert from bittersweet to t...

Pasta made by hand, pizza from a wood-fired oven, and a passion for authentic Italian cuisine on every plate. That’s what’s on the menu at Corfinio. Located in Easton, Corfinio is simply one of the best Italian restaurants south of Boston thanks in large part to not one, but two great chefs. Maximillian Calise is the Chef de Cuisine, “I come from a...

The downtown site of the former Factory Bar & Grill appears to be preparing to roll out another restaurant. A sign in the front window of 261 Main St. advertises the “coming soon” of Clark + Main. The posting does not give more details about the planned establishment, but the recent painting-over of Factory’s signage on the brick building’s front e...

A new pizzeria specializing in wood-fired pies has opened on Route 1 North. On Feb. 1 Rodrigo Souza launched Famiglia Fornaciari Pizzaria at 1268 Broadway. He took over the pizza shop that was previously called Royal Taste and introduced a new menu. Famiglia Fornaciari offers a wide selection of pizza baked in a wood-fired oven that Souza had insta...

Looking less vacant by the week, Ridgefield's downtown is preparing to welcome a new restaurant. Brick House Wood Fired Pizza Kitchen & Bar has announced it is will be opening this spring at 632 Danbury Road, the former Subway storefront on Route 7. The announcement came by way of the Facebook page of Brick House's sister establishment, Tivoli Pizz...

Let’s get some initial questions about Tesoro, the newly revamped Italian eatery on Harlow Street in Bangor that reopened under new ownership this week after three months closed, out of the way first. Yes, it still offers pizza, pasta and carafes of wine. Yes, there’s still classic diner-style seating in the front room. And yes, nearly 25 years aft...

It was revealed via twitter that Caffe Zia Gianna- the popular Italian cafe on Dot. Ave has been issued a beer, wine, and cordials license. Currently serving up breakfast, lunch and special dinner events, Caffe Zia Gianna can now serve up a mimosa with your breakfast sandwich or maybe a beer while you eat the Tramontana – a specialty sandwich made...

Villa Napoletana is an East Longmeadow eatery that habitually earns a place on the region's "best of" restaurant lists. Housed in a diminutive shopping plaza just across the Springfield city line, Villa Napoletana's handsome dining space is characterized by a high concept, subtly theatrical decor. Tables and chairs are the sole seating option. The...