Ever since it opened, Dish Bar & Grill, owned by chefs Dan Keller and Bill Carbone (as well as oral surgeon Paul Bocciarelli), has been a personal favorite for its elevated menu of American comfort foods.
Middletown would have to have a great dining scene, right? After all, it’s centrally located and boasts a top university, miles of Connecticut riverfront, numerous scenic and historic attractions, and a long, stately Main Street that would seem perfect for restaurants.
A quick Web search shows that offbeat pub names abound across the Pond, like the Jolly Taxpayer, The Bucket of Blood, The Nobody Inn, The Bull and Spectacles, The Quiet Woman (portrayed by a headless female server), The Hung Drawn And Quartered, and the unfathomable I Am The Only Running Footman.
The phrase Connecticut barbecue might never have the ring to it of, say, Memphis barbecue, Carolina barbecue, Kansas City barbecue or Texas barbecue. Sadly, much of our barbecue might be of the remove the-rack-of-ribs-from-the-sleeve-and slather-it-with-BBQ-sauce variety.
The Capital Grille might also be Hartford’s priciest ticket, squeaking by Morton’s Steakhouse in a race no restaurant should want to win. Or maybe there’s a “steakhouse exception” and people will embrace high prices when they get an unwavering fixation on steak.
Stavros Papahristou chose the name Cava for his Italian restaurant in Southington to underscore his affection for good wine. A word with related meanings across several languages, Cava is Spanish for sparkling wine, Italian for cave, quarry or mine and Greek for wine cellar.
More important than sheer numbers, Peruvians have established real roots in Connecticut communities, with the Peruvian government opening a consulate in Hartford in 2002, then the state’s only foreign consulate. These roots are reflected in numerous Peruvian restaurants, businesses, religious groups, social clubs and festivals.