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2015 WINTER DINING GUIDE

It's time for our annual roundup of the best in Connecticut dining,featuring both our readers' choices and our experts' picks in more than 30 cuisine categories, from American to vegetarian.

BEST PIZZA IN CONNECTICUT

READERS' CHOICE 

EXPERTS' PICKS

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Connecticut Today

New Haven to Hold Food Truck Festival May 30-31at Long Wharf

New Haven to Hold Food Truck Festival May 30-31at Long Wharf

Dishing out food metaphors and barbecue, New Haven announced an inaugural New Haven Food Truck Festival Wednesday at a press conference on the steps of city hall.

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Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

Researchers from the American War Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands, reached out to Connecticut, again, to help complete the World War II stories of U.S. soldiers.

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Connecticut's Ambitious Transportation Plan; $1 Billion for Train Service to Springfield for 2,200 a Day?

Connecticut's Ambitious Transportation Plan; $1 Billion for Train Service to Springfield for 2,200 a Day?

If you’re tired of all the traffic in Connecticut and the potholes and bumps that dot the roadways and wreak havoc on our tires, there is some good news: the governor and the commissioner of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) feel your pain.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Prime 16, New Haven

Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Prime 16, New Haven

May is National Burger Month, and May 28 is National Burger Day. We confess we're not entirely sure about the how or why with regard to those designations, but since Connecticut loves (and has lots of) great burgers, we decided to showcase some of our favorites In the spirit of burger month.

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Beard Award-Nominated Chef Joel Viehland Leaving Community Table

Beard Award-Nominated Chef Joel Viehland Leaving Community Table

Joel Viehland, one of three Connecticut chefs nominated this spring for a James Beard Foundation regional best chef award, announced on Twitter and Facebook yesterday that May 10 would be his last day at the acclaimed restaurant Community Table in Washington, Conn. My last day at Community...

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Craft Beer Festival Season Heats Up With Big May Events in Connecticut

Craft Beer Festival Season Heats Up With Big May Events in Connecticut

May will see a variety of big outdoor festivals touchdown in Connecticut that will have beer lovers licking their lips in anticipation.

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Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Best Bets: Jay Leno, Thread City Hop Fest, Music in Mystic and More

Weekend Best Bets: Jay Leno, Thread City Hop Fest, Music in Mystic and More

There is lots going on this weekend in Connecticut, from a celebrity performance to an awesome community theater production, a beer fest, a swing music concert and a collection of outdoor family events.

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Off the Beaten Path: Trail With Mysterious Ruins, Canal to Bantam Lake

Off the Beaten Path: Trail With Mysterious Ruins, Canal to Bantam Lake

The popular Little Pond trail at White Memorial in Litchfield is not the most intriguing trail—or the most mysterious. That's the one with the canal and the ruins of industrial age piers leading to Bantam Lake.

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Weekend Best Bets: Iron Chef Elm City, Blossom Fests, Quassy Carloads …

Weekend Best Bets: Iron Chef Elm City, Blossom Fests, Quassy Carloads …

Blossom festivals in Meriden and New Haven, carload weekend at Quassy Amusement Park and an Iron Chef cooking competition in New Haven are just three great options this weekend.

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Style & Shopping

Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

Historical fashions act as inspiration for new looks in the Connecticut Historical Society's upcoming event, Haute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show on May 9 in Hartford.

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New Canaan Trunk Show Highlights Évocateur, Whose Jewelry Alchemy Dazzles

New Canaan Trunk Show Highlights Évocateur, Whose Jewelry Alchemy Dazzles

We love Évocateur, the Connecticut-based jewelry brand whose fanciful cuffs (and everything else) are pure, beautiful artistry in motion. This is what we said in opening a September 2013 story: Katie Couric, Vogue Paris and InStyle magazine are among the internationally-branded...

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The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show is at the XL Center in Hartford on April 24-26.

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Health & Wellness

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes, established in 1938, has tackled a number of issues for babies from polio to birth defects, and now their latest crusade, premature birth.

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Surgical, Medication Errors Doubled at Connecticut Hospitals in 2013; Senators Address Issue

Surgical, Medication Errors Doubled at Connecticut Hospitals in 2013; Senators Address Issue

U.S. senators, as well as national analysts, hospital leaders and patient advocates who met Monday at Goodwin College to address the 2013 jump in surgical and medication errors at Connecticut hospitals.

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Madison Mom’s Clothing Line Gives Independence to Her Autistic Son and Others

Madison Mom’s Clothing Line Gives Independence to Her Autistic Son and Others

Independence Day Clothing is a line of fashionable, comfortable, reversible clothing designed by one Madison mom to give her son, and all others with disabilities, the independence to dress themselves.

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History

Nothing Says ‘Connecticut’ Like Sperry Topsiders & Safety Pins? '50 Objects' Opens May 19 at Historical Society

Nothing Says ‘Connecticut’ Like Sperry Topsiders & Safety Pins? '50 Objects' Opens May 19 at Historical Society

Is it a stretch to declare that this exhibit about Connecticut’s past and heritage will be exciting? We don’t think so. And it's certain to provoke some response; after all, if you could sum up the state through just 50 objects, what would they be? Ella Grasso’s gavel...

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Madison Preserving Civilian Conservation Corps Camp From Depression

Madison Preserving Civilian Conservation Corps Camp From Depression

From 1933 to 1942 Camp Hadley was one of the 23 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps in Connecticut. And, the Madison Land Conservation Trust is working to preserve this site that otherwise could be lost forever.

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Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

In the 1970s, two Connecticut college students got an unexpected Cuban education.

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Stuart Little

May 3, 2015 - May 3, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

New Britain Youth Theater will perform Stuart Little, based on the children’s classic by E.B. White, on May 1, 2 and 3, 2015, at Holmes Elementary School in New Britain. Stuart Little is the story of a mouse born into an ordinary New York City family. Stuart’s adventures, both great and small, are brought to life as an ensemble cast of children plays...

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Born To Lead: Jim Calhoun

May 3, 2015

With a Q&A hosted by ESPN's Adnan Virk with Jim Calhoun and co-producers Lauren Cragg & Chris Martens 5:30 - 6:30pm - VIP Meet & Greet Reception with Jim Calhoun 7:00pm - Film Screening, Q&A with Coach Jim Calhoun and Co-Producers Lauren Cragg & Chris Martens 8:45pm - Coach will autograph copies of "Born To Lead" DVD "Born to...

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Cinderella Italiano!

May 3, 2015 - May 9, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Award-winning Pantochino Productions presents a high energy, musical panto version of Cinderella, set in Italy. Perfect for all ages, this big fat Italian house party of fun features Prince Spaghetti, The Godmother and ‘bella, bella Cinderella.’ Ba-da-bing-ba-da-boom, it’s a ball! Performances are Friday, April 24 at 7:30pm, Saturday, April 25 at 2 & 5:30pm, Sunday,...

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CT Lyric Opera presents LA Boheme

May 3, 2015

Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra present a new production of Puccini’s beloved masterpiece, fully staged and with full orchestra conducted by maestro Adrian Sylveen. Sung in Italian with English subtitles projected above the stage.

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Hear What's In The Heart, A Shoemaker's Tale

May 3, 2015 - May 3, 2015

Do not miss this one man show, as seen by thousands throughout the U.S.! Steve Scionti brings to life all the passion, comedy, and drama inherent in a Sicilian-American family. The New York Times /Time Out New York reviews: "you don't have to be Italian-American to relate to this play; Actor-writer Steve Scionti plays eight characters in his homage to his family, from...

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Exhibition: Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery


May 3, 2015 - May 10, 2015

The exhibition features thirty-four works that display a mastery of the highly realistic, trompe l’oeil technique in curious compositions of currency, letters, and other symbolic items that make reference to political, economic and social issues facing America, and Otis Kaye personally, during the first half of the twentieth-century. More puzzling than Kaye’s work, which is steeped...

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Host Homes Needed for Playhouse on Park’s NYC Actors

May 3, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

WEST HARTFORD, CT – Playhouse on Park is seeking families to host actors from New York during its 2014-15 Season. Length of time varies: a stay is 6 weeks on average, but can range from several days to 10 weeks. Actors require a private bedroom and access to a bathroom and kitchen. Hosts may volunteer yearly or as often as they desire. To learn more about this enriching experience,...

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Resounding Images: 25 Years of the Judy Dworin Performance Project

May 3, 2015 - May 28, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

This 25th anniversary retrospective of costumes, set elements and posters will open on First Thursday, April 2. Curated by Kathy Borteck-Gersten, associate artistic director, Judy Dworin Performance Project. Made possible by the City of Hartford Department of Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs.

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EXHIBITION: NEW/NOW: Karl Lund

May 3, 2015 - May 31, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Lund’s exhibition, Angry Robots Liquefied My Brain, features narrative paintings that depict a world where robots fight giant squids and exterminate countless enemies with powerful laser beams. Lund’s early career as a stop-motion animator often involved the process of creating unique characters for animated short films. Character design is still a passion that has carried over...

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The Importance of Being Earnest

May 3, 2015 - May 3, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Romance Gone Wilde at Playhouse on Park: The Importance of Being Earnest   WEST HARTFORD, CT - Victorian London awaits at Playhouse on Park! Under the direction of Jerry Winters, a dynamic eight-member cast presents Oscar Wilde's beloved comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. Audience members will be enchanted and romanced from start to finish with mystique, folly and...

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