A monthly look at what’s new and exciting on the Connecticut dining scene

Bistro 143, Oxford

The former Pies & Pints space has morphed into this new eatery. The owners remain the same, but the look and feel of the spot has been revamped. The menu has also been expanded. Though you can still get pizza, you can now also get salads, seafood and steak as well as Italian specialties ranging from calamari to meatballs.

143 Oxford Road, 203-881-0777,

Chosen 1 Cajun Seafood, Hartford

This new restaurant within Hartford's Parkville neighborhood offers an assortment of Cajun specialties. From seafood gumbo to king crab, po boy sandwiches and much, much more. It is owned by Hecheng Chen who also owns several areas restaurants including West Hartford’s Ichiro Hibachi and Sushi, and Icy Rolls, a Thai ice cream spot also located in West Hartford.

2074 Park St., 860-726-4089,

Spice Venue, Hartford

Hartford has also recently seen the arrival of Spice Venue, an Indian restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. According to the Hartford Business Journal, the restaurant’s breakfast menu will feature dishes like omelets, waffles and french toast alongside “traditional Indian meals like poori bhaji, dosa and an assortment of combo meals with rice, sambar and curry.” Lunch and dinner will feature a variety of Indian cuisine.

81 Asylum St., 860-244-0000

New Paolo Ristorante, Woodbridge

This new Italian restaurant is owned by Paolo and Elena Iannaconne who have worked at their relative’s restaurant Bin 100 in Milford for the past decade-plus. Their family members also own Goodfellas in New Haven. Paolo is a Connecticut native but moved to Italy with his family when he was 5 and grew up there.

208 Amity Road

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The senior writer at Connecticut Magazine, Erik is the co-author of Penguin Random House’s “The Good Vices” and author of “Buzzed” and “Gillette Castle.” He is also an adjunct professor at WCSU’s MFA Program and Quinnipiac University