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Lugano Wine Bar + Salumeria brings upscale, delish, and affordable Italian to Old Greenwich

22 Jun

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You know (and maybe even love) Molto, ZAZA, Dolce, and some time in the next two weeks, you’re going to know and get intimate with Lugano Wine Bar + Salumeria of Greenwich. This impressive restaurant portfolio belongs to Nick Racanneli Jr. and Senior (and partners), and they know how to do it right. Go into any of these hotspots at night, and you’ll Look at that beauty! at Lugano Wine Bar & Salumeria in Old Greenwich CTnotice the same thing: they’re packed, probably because of the cozy, yet stylish decor, the good prices, the solid drinks, and the dependable Italian food. So logic will tell us that Lugano, located at 1392 E. Putnam Ave. almost on the Greenwich / Stamford border (where Bistro Latino was), will be a huge success. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak and are pretty psyched about the things that make Lugano similar to the rest of their restaurants, but also, the things that make it unique. Let us break it down into sections for you.

The Menu

Tables spill out into the bar area at Lugano Wine Bar & Salumeria in Old Greenwich CTLike ZaZa, you can expect an excellent variety of Italian tapas, even some of the tried and true items like their Roasted Truffle Sprouts, Creamy Polenta, and their Crostini. Some other tapas that got us all hungry include Italian Cheese Gravy Fries with bolegnese and creamy burrata, Baby Lamb Chops, Spicy Wings, Panzanella, and Smoked Salmon Carpaccio. In addition, you can go balls to the wall with a meatball tasting for $3.50 for a small order or $10 for a large. Order up the Beef (tomato, basil, grated parm), Turkey (sesame soy jus, scallions, spicy aioli), or House Blend (beef, pork, lamb, tomato, basil, ricotta). Or even get a sampler for $10 so you don’t have to decide.

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Get your wallet ReAdy for some ReAlly tasty pizza. ReNapoli, Greenwich

23 Jul

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We love discovering new neighborhoods, especially the new restaurants within those new places.  We do have a food blog after all!  One day, a few weeks ago, we went off exploring throughout Greenwich.  Specificallly, we hit up all the parks and beaches to see where our new shiny park passes could get us.  On our way into Tods Point, we discovered Old Greenwich for the first time…home of Garden Catering and ReNapoli to name a few!

Burrata at ReNapoli in Greenwich, CTSo, we took note of ReNapoli, did a little research and decided to give it a shot when we were in the mood for some pizza.  We learned it was BYOB (with no corking fee, FTW) so we grabbed a nice bottle of red and headed straight over.  Now, as we said, we did a little research beforehand and found out just weeks before, pizza maker Bruno DiFabio had teamed up with Bob LeRose of Bobby Q’s to create a pulled pork pizza.  This pizza of legend took top honors and won first place at the Greenwich Town Party.  And, DiFabio himself is quite the legend, tossing his pie into the ring and winning 3 world pizza championships.

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Block Party tonight in Old Greenwich ft. food, BBQ, music, and beer truck to benefit volunteer fire dept.

29 Jun

The Old Greenwich Merchants are coming together and throwing their annual big bash tonight (6/29), starting at 6 and probably going to around 9 (or maybe later, who knows?).  This block party, as you can tell by the graphic up top, is taking place on OG’s main drag:  Sound Beach Avenue.  Starting at 4 the police will block off Sound Beach Ave. by the Mobil Gas Station, but fear not…there are plenty of places to park nearby.  Once you’ve parked get ready for:

  • Chris Ramirez for Garden Catering Norwalk CTFamily fun like a face painter or bouncy castle (do you think they’d let us on the bouncy castle?)
  • Conquering the mechanical bull!
  • Listening to three live bands.
  • Smoked wings from Bobby Q's Pit Stop

    Smoked wings from Bobby Q’s Pit Stop

    Drinking some good sudsy brews from the Sierra Nevada Beer Truck (oh hell yes).

  • Noming away on some BBQ from Bobby Q’s Pit Stop, some seafood inspired dishes from Beach House Cafe, and the awesomeness of Garden Catering.
  • Playing some games!  Who doesn’t love games?  Answer:  no one who we’d want to see at a block party.  W00t w00t!

If all of that isn’t enough to drag you down, then realize that your drinking and eating will do good.  That’s because a portion of the proceeds will be given to the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

Party on!

You’ll Long for Longford’s Sweet Shop + Creamery – Reopened in Old Greenwich

28 Jun
Caramel Swirl Cone at Longford's Ice Cream (from press release)

Caramel Swirl Cone at Longford’s Ice Cream (both pics from a press release)

Summer with no ice cream is like peanut butter with no jelly, like Milli without Vanilli, like black without white, like dogs without bones, like fish without water, even like Om without Nom.  Yeah, look…it just doesn’t work.  All summer long is ice cream weather, and in our case it’s really just a year round activity…we’re not seasonally biased at all.  But, at the newly reopened and retooled Longford’s Own-Made Ice Cream in Old Greenwich, you just might need to stop by all year round, too.  We’re talking about ice cream, sorbet, gelato, LoYo, and their brand new addition:  a sweet shop.

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Give Jacob and Mason of Cocoa Loco a Kickstart into Chocolatopia

21 Feb

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Can you remember what you did when you got out of college?  Took a job as a waiter, a substitute teacher, a receptionist, or just ripped your hair out waiting for that phone call?  Well, for Jacob Maude and Mason Amato graduating college meant having a chance to do something fun, something great, and something big.  That big thing is what is now called Cocoa Loco.

Even in high school in Old Greenwich, Jacob and Mason had high hopes and constantly bounced ideas of world domination back and forth with each other.  Their moment of inspiration came when they visited Cadbury and various stores for ideas after they had stopped working at a souvenir company.  What they noticed was that every store had some counter space devoted to chocolate.  This is where the choco-madness began!

They practiced hour upon hour, day upon day, perfecting their chocolate making.  They read to the point of eye strain and to the point of sweet exhaustion from stirring the chocolate.  To get an even closer look into the world of the cocoa bean, Jake took a job at a chocolate factory.  Soon after, they were able to secure a professional kitchen to use.  Their first shift was a mind-bending 12 hours from 8 pm – 8 am, but they did produce 500 bars as a result.

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