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Get Schooled: Bar Sugo Presents Wine and Interactive Pasta Classes for October

28 Sep

Bar Sugo Cooking Classes October 2015

If you’ve been with us for a while, you know how much we love our Bar Sugo! Whether you’re looking for the best meatballs in the state, spins on classic Italian dishes, pizza with pizzaz, or fresh-out-of-the-bowl pasta, you need go nowhere else. So, we’re not sure why Chef Pat Pascarella would reveal his secrets for making his killer pasta (well, he’s nice, that’s why!), but he’s doing it anyway with a series of interactive pasta classes. You’ll get a hands-on experience with Chef, will make at least two different pasta dishes, get recipe cards to take home, and celebrate with a meal featuring your handiwork. The class lasts an hour with lunch afterwards, so you’ll be hanging at Bar Sugo for about two hours. Soft drinks are included, but the hard stuff is extra. Classes are $55 per person (tax and tip extra) or you could get all four weeks for $200 and save yo’self twenty buckaroos. Make your reservation by calling up Chef Pat and crew at (203) 956-7134. Continue reading

4 Fairfield County Chefs Featured in FC Beat Magazine

23 Jan

The FC Beat winter2015 cover

If you haven’t seen it already (but seriously, how couldn’t you?), FC Beat Magazine is a bright, fun, modern, and attractive magazine that highlights the “Food, Arts, Culture + Color of Fairfield County.” Paper copies are everywhere and we snag them when we see them, but they also release digital versions so it’s easy to keep up with each issue.

In the current Winter 2015 issue, some of our favorite Fairfield County chefs take over the pages in a delicious spread called “Love & Braises.” It’s fun, it’s playful, and it’s a good read when you see what these chefs are up to and how they interact. Featured are Chef Pat Pascarella of Bar Sugo who cooks up a killer Oxtail Crostino (recipe here), Chef Shelby Gopinath of The Fez takes us through his quintessential Moroccan-style Braised Lamb Shank, Chef Jared Falco of Washington Prime gives us a little Weezer inspired dish a la Pork and Beans, and Chef Franco Camacho of Geronimo digs down deep into his Bison Osso Bucco. And, as an added bonus, FC Beat writer Mike Mackey takes you through a braise of his own: braised rabbit.

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Bar Sugo Hosting Italian Wine Class + Food Pairing Series January-February

5 Jan

Take the sting out of the cold weather and warm up with some great wine and food at Bar Sugo in SoNo. Chef Pat Pascarella, will be hosting a series of wine and food pairings that cost just $35 (plus tip) per person. That’s a steal, but the real deal comes when you attend all five classes: you’ll get a $75 gift certificate for two people. In addition, you’ll also get a small plate certificate that you can hand in for some great Italian tapas when you visit Bar Sugo again. To secure your spot, e-mail Pat and co. with the date(s) that you’d like to attend. 

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Fuggedaboutit: Learn to Cook with Chef Pat Pascarella at Bar Sugo

4 Dec

1) We love Bar Sugo.

2) We love Chef Pat Pascarella.

3) You need to get our ass to Bar Sugo to not only eat, but also to stuff your face on his awesome food.

4) Starting off in 2015, you’ll have a shot at learning how to cook and think like The Man. Most classes that he’s offering are $30 per person (plus tip). It’s a great thing to do with a friend, on a date, or just for fun. Plus, it does make a nice holiday gift. Call up Pat, Meghan, and Bar Sugo at (203) 956-7134 to get your spot set.

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Go Wild with 5 Courses, Wine + Beer @ Bar Sugo’s Game Dinner – SoNo, CT

11 Oct

 

If you’re going to have game meat, you really only have two options to get it done right as far as we can see:

1)  Head to Grandpa or Grandma’s kitchen.

2)  Head straight to a restaurant that has a chef that you trust.

Unfortunately, when you’re headed out to a restaurant, it’s hard to know who the trusted chefs are until you’ve tried their game dishes.  For the timid and those afraid to try more exotic meats, this could be a deal breaker.  The meat might be too dry, it might not be cooked the right way, or the flavors might be off-balanced, leading to an unpleasant taste.

Lucky for you we know that Chefs Pat Pascarella and Paul Failla at Bar Sugo have the art of wild meat down, er, pat.  ;)  And, to show off these skills, they’ve created a five course wild game dinner that will be hosted on 10/22, staring at 6:30.  It’s $60 per person and that includes wine and beer to go with each course, plus it includes the tax and tip!  For a dinner like this, that’s a pretty nice cost, especially if you want to venture off into the dark side of the culinary world.  Yes, maybe you can delve deeper than just chicken, pork, and beef?

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Paul Failla Takes Over Kitchen of Bar Sugo; Pat Pascarella Oversees and Looks to Expand

19 Aug

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When people ask us where some of our favorite restaurants are or ask where we’d go for a nice outdoor spot in the Norwalk area, an answer that always come up is Bar Sugo. Although it took us a while to get there, we enjoyed a feast from Chef Pat Pascarella back in March and we’ve been back two more times since. Two times ago we took Kristien’s parents and they said that Bar Sugo was one of the best restaurants that she’s ever been to. And, we even took our friends there this past weekend and enjoyed another amazing meal.

20130819-073230.jpgSo, it’s kind of selfish to just keep Pat in one place. Even when we talked last year, he had plans to expand and to try new things. And, that’s exactly what’s happening! The first part of the plan involves a brand new chef at Bar Sugo, Paul Failla, that will head the kitchen. But, Chef Failla isn’t what you’d call a new chef. He’s spent time at two of the most popular and highest quality restaurants here in Fairfield County: Nola and The Whelk. Chef Pascarella will still be there for a big portion of the week, though, overseeing the kitchen and the menu.

With more time freed up, Pat will be looking for that perfect location for another restaurant either in NYC or Brooklyn. We’re very happy for Pat as he continues to cook up his own culinary empire.

Buona fortuna, Chef Pascarella and Chef Failla!

A Feast of Classic Rustic Italian with Modern Flare @ Bar Sugo – Norwalk, CT

5 Mar

How’s this for a greeting while you’re waiting at the bar for your table?  A manager comes up to you, gives you a plate of prosciutto-wrapped truffle fries, then gives you the following message from the chef:  “It’s about damn time.”  Yeah, it was about damn time we got down to Bar Sugo in Norwalk and Chef/owner Pat Pascarella had the right to call it like it is!  He had invited us several times and had even invited us to the inaugural Vinsotto wine event, but the world always seemed to conspire against us going.  Yet, here we were at the cozy and rustic Bar Sugo, ready for what would be a meal of epic proportions.

We decided that we’d take it easy, sampling a few things on the menu.  Starting off, we’d go with three cicchetti (Italian for small snacks) that were $7.50 each, 3 for $20, or 5 for $30, we’d go for three mozzarellas (same pricing as the cicchetti), the meatball sampler, and we’d end up with the cavatelli that both Mark Famous and Andrew Dominick recommended when they saw our check-in.  It’s cool to have foursquare friends who love to eat!  Well, that was the plan anyway.  Yes, we got our dishes, but Chef Pat provided us with even more so we could get a full taste of what Bar Sugo was all about.  By the time we were done, we tried 24 different items on the menu (that includes the Barrel Aged Negroni and the wine).  Ugh, we think we’re still full! Ready for the most epic review ever captured on our blog?

Asparagus with duck prosciutto, and black pepper

The asparagus came two ways:  raw and pickled.  Having both on the dish was a nice idea, but we really loved the vinegary pickle vs. the bitterness of the raw.  The duck prosciutto was really great and wasn’t overpowering despite the saltiness you expect from a cured meat.

Rabbit loin with lentils, prunes, and mustard oil at Bar Sugo in Norwalk

Rabbit loin with lentils, prunes, and mustard oil

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Nomworthy Bites of Connecticut Food News, Volume 1: Zombies, Dinosaurs, Dogs, Parrots, and Pumpkins

30 Sep

You know, sometimes there’s just so much going on around Fairfield County that there just isn’t enough time for us to create individual posts for each event.  We are just two people, but we want to get the news out and spread the word about openings, deals, discounts, events, and everything else food related.  Yes, we have been updating our Events calendar pretty well, but we think it’ll be easier to check out what’s fresh and fun in the 203 with little nummy and yummy bites of goodness.

Enough chitter chatter, let’s start:

Danbury

On October 6, crawl or limp on over to the 1st ever Apocalyptic Rocktober Zombiefest at Ives Concert Park.  Entrance is $10 and that gives you access to “killer” live music from Pat Horgan & Thunder Road, food and brews, a zombie beauty contest for men and women, a thriller dance party, a screening of “Night of the Living Dead,” a “silent but deadly auction” (not the sbd you’re thinking of), and even a raffle for a dream vacation for just $10 a pop.

Norwalk

Chef Arik Bensimon’s, formerly of Napa & co in Stamford, has been working hard on opening his next venture:  The Spread.  It’ll be located at 70 N Main Street.  We wish Arik and his associates the best of luck, though with combined skill like that, you don’t need it.  Follow them on FB for updated info. 

Pat Pascarella , owner of Cortina Pizzeria (formeraly Pizzeria Rosso) has opened up his dream restaurant, Bar Sugo, at 102 Wall Street in Norwalk.  On the menu?  Six different versions of meatballs, fresh housemade pasta, and lots of small plates such as prosciutto wrapped polenta fries.  Let the noming begin on October 5th!

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