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Fairfield Craft Ales brews up Kickstarter campaign – Stratford, CT

10 Mar

Starting soon, there won’t be just one brewery in Stratford. Nope, Fairfield Craft Ales is a nanobrewery with music at its core (brews are named after songs) that will start brewing at 724 Honeyspot Road.  Continue reading

Give Pizza Chance @ Amore Cucina + Bar, Reopening with Bruno DiFabio – Stamford, CT

19 Jan

One of the best pies that you can find in Fairfield County is being baked, pie after delicious pie, at ReNapoli in Greenwich. There, at the always packed Old Greenwich BYOB, you can often find Bruno DiFabio, manning the peel, or helping things to run smoothly. If that name sounds familiar, there’s a reason for that: he’s won the World Pizza Championship six times in a row, has been a judge on Chopped, and has other restaurants in the area like Pinocchio Pizza (love it here, btw) in New Canaan and Norwalk, Amore Pizza in Scarsdale, NY, Stefano’s Pizza in Wilton, and Marco Polo Pizza in New Haven. Well, add one more to that list: Amore Cucina & Bar in Stamford (site under construction).

But, this opening doesn’t come without some pain and heartbreak. Amore, run by Al Carozza, was a Stamford favorite and had a cult-like following. Invariably, if you asked a Stamfordite where to get a good slice of pie, they’d tell you to check out Amore. And, if you asked where to get some good, classic Italian: Amore. So, people were understandably upset when Carozza announced that he was closing the restaurant. But, who should swoop in and make things better but Bruno DiFabio, who actually started making pizza at Amore, thus completing a full circle as owner and Executive Chef/Pizzaiolo.

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Blackstones Steakhouse Opening Third Location in Greenwich on W. Putnam Ave.

19 Sep

Ugg.  Man, woman need steak.  Man, woman need red meat.  Man, woman need celebrate ‘cuz Blackstones Steakhouse is setting up shop in Greenwich.

Picture from Blackstones websiteYes meat lovers, the same Blackstones in Norwalk that has garnered a reputation as one of the best steakhouses in Connecticut.  Blackstones Greenwich will be located at 28 West Putnam Avenue, just two doors over from Barcelona.  The Greenwich location will be a bit smaller than their Norwalk location and will open near the middle of October, just about a month away.  This marks Blackstones’ third location with their Mt. Kisco location opening up this past March.

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Holy Creperia! New spot coming to Stamford–Volta Gelateria Creperia, Downtown Stamford

26 May

UPDATE:  Now open!  See our review on their awesome gelato.

When we stopped by Bar Rosso for their opening weekend, we couldn’t help but notice a nice ‘lil goodie coming next door.  Guess what?  Stamford’s getting Volta Gelateria Creperia!  So, of course when we got all excited we immediately went home and searched for more information like the good little bloggers we are. Unfortunately, their website seems to be about as “under construction” as their storefront, so it was a deadend.

So, we basically gave up on finding out any more information, until the other day when we just so happen to be eating at Capriccio Cafe (see our review)after a private tour of Zaza and noticed that Volta gelato was on the dessert menu.  So of course (again being good little food bloggers), we called over the owner to ask him about it. As suspected, they both have the same owners. Apparently, much like Capriccio, there will be outdoor seating, with room for about 50 people.  On the menu? Yep, you guessed it gelato and crepes, but it doesn’t stop there. They’ll also serve wine and beer along with lighter cafe fare like salads and sandwiches with a French twist.  This will be a nice little place to hang out and a good change up from the normal kind of pub and Italian dense restaurants in Downtown Stamford.

We were told that they’d be open in about two weeks, but after looking at the outside and the construction going on, we’d have to say more like a two months, but I guess we’ll see.  We’re excited to try out the gelato and get our crepe on.  They’ll be open for lunch, dinner, and-wait for it-brunch.  Boo yah.  We all need more brunch spots.

Stay tuned for updates our beloved Omnomivores!

Volta Gelateria Creperia

Address:  30 Spring Street

Stamford, CT 06901

Phone:  203-883-8841

Website: http://volta.us/ 

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Going gaga over Zaza: A sneak peek! Zaza Italian Gastrobar-Stamford, CT

26 May

Update:  Zaza is now open and here’s our review!

A few months ago, we had a chance to talk with Nick Racanelli Jr., co-owner of the soon to be opening Zaza Italian Gastrobar on 122 Broad Street in Downtown Stamford.  We’ve been watching the progress of this new spot on Facebook and by doing some drive bys–no, not the violent kind.  Apparently sensing our anticipation, Nick so kindly invited us to get a sneak peak before they open! YAY!

So, if you were at the old place in this spot, 122 Pizza Bistro, then your impression is probably that this spot is dark and dreary. But thankfully this is sooooo not the case anymore! What a refreshing change Nick (and Nick) have made to this place!

First, before you even walk in, you’re attracted to the sleek, clean look of the exterior.  A custom white marble tile mosaic runs up and down the building, with black tiles spelling out the restaurant’s name near the door.  An industrial steel riveted sign that lights up from behind, reminiscent of signs in NYC’s meat-packing district. Custom white planter boxes to break up the space between the restaurant’s outdoor seating on the sidewalk and the road. Specially designed glass “doors” which are supposedly not even available in the U.S., seamlessly open up and tuck away in this cool little contraption to the right to invite people to come on in for some drinks and small plates of yumminess.

The sleek and clean look doesn’t end at the front door either. On the inside you’ll see handmade and one-of-a-kind red leather benches and chairs of all shapes and sizes with steel rivets to reinforce that modern industrial look, mixed with romantic crystal chandeliers and sconces with hints of red and black jewels. The contrasting, yet complimenting colors really make the place pop.  Dark mahogany tables add a nice contrast, too. A projection of old black and white Italian films will play on the wall above the entry to the kitchen, and mirrors across the left hand side, above the booths are at an angle so everyone can feel like they’re part of the social activity of the bar.

And speaking of the bar, it’s pretty sweet.  A sexy white carrera marble top sprawls across the entire right hand wall, with interesting details such as the metal flashing underneath the bar and mahogany shelving holding a plethora of wine bottles and various qualities of liquor.  Nick says they’re going to start with about 50 bottles of wine then go from there based on what sells and what doesn’t. A good strategy if you ask me. Oh, and  the coolest thing about the bar?  The tap!  In the pic you can see that it’s kept cool, but it’ll be even cooler during service.  After two days of chilling, that tap will create a 2″ thick coating of ice around it.  Damn right…ice cold PBR, Rouge Dead Guy’s Ale, and Delerium Tremens!  Ahhh yes, craft beers, because the world is now full of hipsters!

Then to end on the decor front, a brief tour of the equally classy-looking bathrooms (hey, we leave no stone unturned) and a trip out to the nice brick back patio that won’t be ready for opening just yet, but someday in the future will be an ideal place for a romantic dinner.

Ok, so all of this info about the decor is well and good, but what about the food?! Yeah, we want to know that too, but it will have to wait for their opening sometime in the next few weeks. Here’s what we do know to whet your appetite… They will specialize in wood fired pizza and small plates of traditional Italian fare like chicken parm and hearty pastas at reasonable prices. In the words of Nick, they’re not trying to be some fancy, high-end restaurant, but rather a nice, reliable place you know you can come to any day for a really good meal and a good time without going broke in the process. Who can’t get behind a promise like that?

In the meantime, we promise to update you as soon as we know more! Stay tuned.

Zaza Italian Gastrobar
Address:  122 Broad Street
Stamford, CT
Phone:  (203) 348-2300
Site:  www.zazagastrobar.com 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001854911680 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/search/zazagastrobar 

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From killer breakfast sandwiches to fresh produce coming soon. Giacomo’s Italian Deli and Springdale Market-Stamford, CT

22 May

Bacon, egg, and cheese on Terra Nova Italian bread. #Eyegasam

Update:  Giacomo’s Springdale Market is now open!

When you come into Giacomo’s Italian Deli, you’re probably greeted by the smiley, always happy and chipper owner, Jack (Giacomo in Italian) Delli Carpini.  We admit it…it’s kind of overwhelming when you enter Giacomo’s because there are so many great options available.  So far we’ve only had breakfast, but can’t wait to try their panini’s and sandwiches next! As for breakfast, you can order a fresh made full diner-like breakfast or just a breakfast sandwich for on the go. Our fave so far has been the breakfast sandwiches.  They must be ordered on the Terra Nova Italian bread that he gets in from Arthur Ave.  He also has loaves on sale at the store so you can feed your addiction even when you can’t come right back to Giacomo’s.  In fact, there are lots of other things for sale that you’d expect at any good Italian deli, like pasta salads and espresso.

Okay, onto our go-to breakfast dish when we have a lazy Sunday:  bacon, egg, and cheese on Terra Nova Italian bread.  The bread is buttered and is toasted on the grill and comes out crispy, toasty, but also still with that great chewy consistency that you get with Italian bread.  They aren’t cheap or skimpy with the bacon, like some places can be.  The bacon is thick, crispy, and full of flavor and adds a great smokiness to the sandwich.  They cook it on the dark side, but that’s the way we love it. The eggs are fresh and cooked in thin layers that are folded on top of each other.  They do it right here.  You go somewhere else nearby and you get frozen eggs or you go to a bagel shop and you get a microwaved version of an egg.  A disgrace, if you ask us.  Finish it up with some American cheese that melts down all gooey, adding more depth and a good variety in texture.  This is a killer breakfast sandwich and is worth it, and the sausage, egg, and cheese is also really good, too.  The sausage patties they use are full of great spice and flavor.  

They do great justice to complete breakfasts too.  You always see a steady stream of people ordering food to go, or sitting down to enjoy a nice bite, whether it’s breakfast or lunch.  So, it’s no wonder why Jack is opening up Giacomo’s Springdale Market right next door.  We asked him about his plans for his market, and he told us, “If you can find it at a supermarket, you’ll probably be able to find it there.”  They’ll have fresh produce and products, especially nice Italian staples like the Terra Nova bread.  What we’re really excited about is that they’ll have prepared, ready to eat meals available to buy.  It doesn’t get better or easier than that, does it?

We live pretty close by to this great Hope Street location that’s between Sherwin Williams and First County Bank, so we’re planning on riding our bikes down a lot to get some fresh food for our meal that night.  Sometime in June October November we should see the doors open and get a taste of what’s in store for Stamford.  It’s open! Until then, we’re going to hold off on giving Giacomo’s a nom rating, but, we’ve already had a taste, and we declare:  it is good.

Cost: $

Giacomo’s Italian Deli
Address:  1100 Hope Street
Stamford, CT 06907
Phone:  (203) 322-2544

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The anticipation is killing us – Bar Rosso, Stamford

13 Nov

Update:  Bar Rosso is now open! Check out our review for the Omnomability!

Maybe we’re a little obsessed, but we’re counting down the days to the grand opening of Bar Rosso in Stamford (where Bennett’s Steakhouse use to be). In case you haven’t heard, (what, you’re all not as infatuated by food as we are?), Bar Rosso is a new Italian tapas restaurant started by the ingenious creators of Napa & Co. Not too many details have been released yet, other than a wood burning pizza oven, over 250 wines (OMG), homemade pasta, homemade limonecello, and a 50 ft. bar that’s sure to be quite the scene! Our fingers are crossed that the menu and wine selections are as creative and exciting as Napa & Co, but at a more affordable cost so we can eat there OFTEN!

You can follow the progress with us on their blog.

Bar Rosso
Address:  24 Spring Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: (203) 388-8640
Site:  http://www.barrossoct.com/
 

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