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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

'American Idol' Contestant Nick Fradiani of Connecticut Makes Top 9

'American Idol' Contestant Nick Fradiani of Connecticut Makes Top 9

Will Nick Fradiani now make the Top 8 on 'American Idol.' Tune in April 1 to find out.

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Connecticut Lawyer Plays Crucial Role in Robert Durst ‘Jinx’ Case

Connecticut Lawyer Plays Crucial Role in Robert Durst ‘Jinx’ Case

After 33 years of fighting for justice in the murder of her WestConn friend, Ellen Strauss finally feels vindicated.

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Yankees Beat Red Sox for Connecticut Fan Base; Mets Way Behind

Yankees Beat Red Sox for Connecticut Fan Base; Mets Way Behind

A new poll shows Connecticut is Yankees territory but there are still far more Red Sox than Mets fans.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Spring Menu at Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook as Gorgeous as Water Views

Spring Menu at Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook as Gorgeous as Water Views

If Fresh Salt's menu is tempting, hearing chef Leslie Tripp break down the dishes takes temptation and kicks it up a notch.

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Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Not on Final Nominee List for James Beard Award

Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Not on Final Nominee List for James Beard Award

Three Connecticut chefs, Tyler Anderson at Millwright's, Joel Viehland at Community Table, and Bill Taibe of LeFarm and The Whelk, are nominated for a James Beard Foundation best chef award.

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New Haven Restaurant Week Serves Delicious Bargains March 22 to 27

New Haven Restaurant Week Serves Delicious Bargains March 22 to 27

New Haven Restaurant Week will take place from March 22 to 27, offering prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner at 32 of the city's restaurants.

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Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Best Bets: Neil Diamond, Improv Comedy, Garden Expo & More

Weekend Best Bets: Neil Diamond, Improv Comedy, Garden Expo & More

This weekend's five best bets include an encore performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Neil Diamond, a farm and garden expo in Trumbull and the second annual Hartford Improv Festival.

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'Book of Mormon' Producer Roger Berlind, of Connecticut, on His Life and Bright Future for Broadway

'Book of Mormon' Producer Roger Berlind, of Connecticut, on His Life and Bright Future for Broadway

Stephen Sondheim has said that Roger Berlind is the best kind of producer.

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Weekend Best Bets: Aretha Franklin, Irish Parades, Comic ‘Nobodies’, Antiques …

Weekend Best Bets: Aretha Franklin, Irish Parades, Comic ‘Nobodies’, Antiques …

On the first weekend of spring it may still look like winter, especially with a snowstorm forecast for Friday, but fear not—the snow and cold simply can't hang on much longer. And anyway, the "hot" stuff happening across the state this weekend will warm you up.

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Style & Shopping

'Mad Men' Era Fashion Photographer William Helburn Celebrated in a Book

'Mad Men' Era Fashion Photographer William Helburn Celebrated in a Book

William Helburn’s eye is unsurpassed and he was born to photograph beautiful women.

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At Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, Industrial Items Become Home Style

At Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, Industrial Items Become Home Style

Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, features reclaimed industrial items repurposed as unique pieces for the home.

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'Boardwalk Empire' Props Being Sold in Online Auction by Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries

'Boardwalk Empire' Props Being Sold in Online Auction by Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries

Highlights from the auction include the leather chair and clock from main character Nucky Thompson’s office, as well as his birthday cake, hundreds of Boardwalk signs, 1920s liquor crates and more.

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Health & Wellness

Sweet Maria’s 25th Birthday Gift: Cakes to Make Smiles at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s

Sweet Maria’s 25th Birthday Gift: Cakes to Make Smiles at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s

Maria Bruscino Sanchez used the celebration of the bakery’s milestone to launch the “Cakes for Kids” initiative, which will benefit patients at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

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“i am a MoSaic” Photography Exhibit Puts a Face on Multiple Sclerosis

“i am a MoSaic” Photography Exhibit Puts a Face on Multiple Sclerosis

The collaboration between photographer Mike Marques and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter called "i am a MoSaic" aims to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. The exhibit will be on view at the Old Stamford Town Hall from March 10-May 10.

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Runner Raises Funds for Cancer Research on Road to Boston Marathon

Runner Raises Funds for Cancer Research on Road to Boston Marathon

Runner Jessica Fine Sowalsky is raising funds for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on her way to the Boston Marathon in April.

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History

The CT Files: The Barkhamsted Lighthouse

The CT Files: The Barkhamsted Lighthouse

A small community of outcasts in the woods served as a beacon to others.

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New Samurai Exhibit at Peabody Museum at Yale Cuts Through Myths

New Samurai Exhibit at Peabody Museum at Yale Cuts Through Myths

150 spectacular artifacts are on display in “Samurai and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace,” an exhibit at the Yale Peabody Museum that opens March 28 and runs through January 3, 2016.

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Bring Your Collectibles & Heirlooms to Appraisal Day at the Mattatuck Museum

Bring Your Collectibles & Heirlooms to Appraisal Day at the Mattatuck Museum

Professional appraisers will be on hand to evaluate your attic treasures, family heirlooms and other vintage objects.

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Dreamless, Unalive, Perfect: Photographs by William Frucht

Mar 27, 2015 - Mar 27, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Dreamless, Unalive, Perfect is the first solo exhibition of photographs by Danbury resident William Frucht. The 12 black-and-white landscape photographs in the show find beauty in decay of manmade objects and their reclamation by nature. In his artist’s statement, he says, “Over time, the things we discard and forget have grown larger and more complex. Once...

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The Color of Nature Art Exhibition, March 4 through April 7, 2015

Mar 27, 2015 - Apr 7, 2015

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

The exhibit features works by Heide Follin, a Norwalk-based fine artist who has won many awards. She has exhibited regionally at the Rowayton Arts Center, Loft Artists Association, Westport Arts Center, New Canaan Carriage Barn, UCONN Stamford Gallery, Art About Town in Westport, The Drawing Room in Greenwich, Pequot Library and the Fairfield Arts Center. Heide graduated from the Worcester Art...

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March Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

Mar 27, 2015 - Mar 31, 2015

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

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Timeless: The Paintings of Ray Ellis,” a celebration of the work of the late renowned painter and story teller, Ray Ellis. His exhibit runs March 3 – 31. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com

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As We Were - 1889

Mar 27, 2015 - May 1, 2015

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

The New Canaan historical Society opened its latest costume exhibit, As We Were, featuring the fashions of our founding year, 1889. The exhibit connects two historical events, the first meeting to found the Historical Society and the wedding of two prominent founders, Edna Hoyt Rogers and Henry Benjamin Rogers.

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Story & Animal Program at Earthplace

Mar 27, 2015 - May 29, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Thursday and Friday.

  Join us for a story and animal encounter with one of our Animal Hall residents. Children age 5 and under

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Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery


Mar 27, 2015 - May 10, 2015

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

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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Animal Feeding at Earthplace

Mar 27, 2015 - May 29, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Thursday and Friday.

  Earthplace staff will answer your questions while our Animal Hall residents get their daily meal.  All Ages. 

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Over Life’s Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm

Mar 27, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015

This winter, the New Britain Museum of American Art proudly showcases the Hamm’s labor of love in the exhibition, Over Life's Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm. Ninety-three of the Hamm’s American coastal collection will be on view, including works by noted artists Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), William Braford (1823–1892), William...

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NEW/NOW: Karl Lund

Mar 27, 2015 - May 31, 2015

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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"Jasmina Danowski: Taking in the Obscenery"

Mar 27, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015

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

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present Jasmina Danowski: Taking in the Obscenery, to be held February 21ththrough April 11th.  This is Danowski’s first exhibition with the gallery and will feature her most recent body of work.  The public is invited to attend a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 28th, 1-5 pm. Danowski translates personal situational...

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