Bruno DiFabio is the owner of Lord of the Pies in Greenwich.

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Lord of the Pies, Greenwich

A specialty at this new pizza joint will be a Detroit-style pie. Made with a triple-fermented dough and twice baked, this steel-pan pizza has a caramelized Asiago cheese crust which is described as “light, airy and crispy.” In addition, the restaurant will feature New York-style pizza. It is owned by Bruno DiFabio, who has won the title of “world’s fastest pizza maker” on several occasions, and recently served as a judge on the Food Network’s Chopped. He was also in the news for unwanted reasons in October after he pleaded guilty to failing to report income from his restaurants.

1 Grigg St., 203-542-5292,

The Painted Lemon, Sherman

Classic Italian cuisine with big portions and rich flavors is offered at this country restaurant. During a recent visit, we enjoyed classics such as chicken parm and Pappardelle con Nonna Anna Price (housemade pasta with traditional meatballs served in marinara sauce). A special featuring pasta made with a giant Parmigiano-Reggiano wheel was also a standout. It is a much-needed, quality Italian restaurant for this small town on the New York border.

1 Route 37, 860-210-1266,

Proof, Bethel

From the former owner of The Hop Knot, a small chain of restaurants started in Middletown, comes this beer-and-cocktail bar in downtown Bethel. Proof is located in the space that was long home to The Spot across the street from Broken Symmetry. Gourmet pretzels are offered alongside a full menu focused on baked goods. The place also specializes in craft beer and cocktails.

1 Front St., 860-803-7712,

Spigot Cafe, Hartford

This popular Hartford bar recently reopened under new ownership. According to the Hartford Courant, “Joe Grillo, a longtime bartender at Plan B Burger Bar in West Hartford, is the new permittee at the popular neighborhood bar on Prospect Avenue. He and Ray Rossomando are the managing members of the new ownership group.” Drinks are the focus at this bar that has 18 beers on tap; seven of these are devoted to local brews.

468 Prospect Ave.,

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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