A monthly look at what’s new and exciting on the Connecticut dining scene
Adyar Ananda Bhavan, Stamford
Opened in December, this Indian restaurant is meat-free and specializes in vegan and vegetarian options. The owners operate another restaurant of the same name in midtown Manhattan. The menu in Stamford includes items like fried lentil flour doughnuts with chutney and sambar and masala cashew nuts.
1033 Washington Blvd., 203-323-9111, adyaranandabhavanct.com
Nolo, New Haven
The sister restaurant to Da Legna, a popular New Haven pizzeria, NOLO offers Italian cuisine and pizza from a showstopping space that was formerly Jet Cleaners. It’s also home to a small brewery that features beer made by Justin Maturo of the Erector Brewing Collective. Popular dishes so far include wild boar ragout, Italian ramen and burnt honey lamb ribs.
687 State St., 203-891-7704, jet2nolo.com
The Spicy Green Bean, Glastonbury
A longtime Glastonbury favorite for lunch and breakfast has moved to a new location and expanded its offerings to include dinner. The restaurant is owned by the same team that owns Goats N’ Roses in Marlborough and Shad Row in Rocky Hill. The new spot has some menu items in common with its sister restaurants, including our personal favorite, the Purple Goat, which is one of Goats N’ Roses’ signature sandwiches and features crispy eggplant and goat cheese.
103 New London Tpke., 860-657-3500, thespicygreenbean.com
Pokémoto, New Haven
Pokémoto, a Connecticut-based chain offering fast casual poke bowls, has opened its second location in New Haven. The new location is on Chapel Street — it joins the existing location on Audubon Street — it allows visitors to build their own poke bowls topped with their choice of chicken, tofu, various kinds of fish, rice and vegetables.
1145 Chapel St., 203-691-6545, pokemoto.com
Mamma Mia, Southington
This family-owned restaurant specializes in Neapolitan-style pizza and a variety of classic Italian dishes inspired by the Camputaro family’s roots in Campania, near Naples. The menu includes housemade potato gnocchi with meat sauce, and rigatoni alla carbonara, with pancetta, egg, caramelized onions and parmesan.
1765 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke., Southington, 860-308-1227, mammamiasouthington.com
Jefferson Fry Co., Cromwell
Fries are the specialty here. They are freshly cut daily and offered in straight, curly, sweet, crinkle and waffle form. Choose a menu item like the BBQ Fries, with pulled pork, barbecue sauce and coleslaw, or the chicken curry, with grilled chicken, mushroom and onion topped with curry sauce. You can also order poutine or build your own fries feast with your choice of sauces, meats and/or cheeses.
43 Berlin Road, Cromwell, 860-740-4117, jeffersonfryco.com
Oar & Oak, Stratford
Featuring American small plates in a modern bar and restaurant, Oar & Oak offers a mix of meat, seafood and vegetarian options designed to be shared. These include pork spare ribs, roasted sweet potatoes, pan-seared trout, slow-cooked meatballs and a variety of other tapas and main dishes.
7365 Main St., Stratford, 203-362-5942, facebook.com/oarandoak
Know of a new Connecticut restaurant? Email Erik Ofgang at firstname.lastname@example.org.