Seven new restaurants we’re excited about, from Westport to Hartford.

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Little Dumpling House in Westport offers an Asian-inspired takeout menu, with dishes like dumplings, rangoons, fried rice, noodles and sushi bowls.

Little Dumpling House, Westport

The Westport ghost kitchen space known for cronuts, biscuits and other delectable breakfast carbs is now home to a second concept — this one with Asian flavors. Charlie Gilhuly, who opened Grammie’s Donuts & Biscuits in the Post Road space in mid-February, has followed up with Little Dumpling House. The Asian-inspired takeout menu offers dumplings, rangoons, fried rice, noodles and sushi bowls. 971 Post Road E., 203-557-8789, dumplinghousegfc.com, @dumpling_gfc

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Allison and Calvin Vaughan’s food truck offers all-vegan versions of burgers, hot dogs and fries.

SoulFully Vegan food truck

Middletown residents Allison and Calvin Vaughan eat a vegan diet, but they know that doesn’t have to mean missing out on burgers, hot dogs and fries. Their food truck, which launched in May, offers vegan versions of the comfort foods, using plant-based Beyond Meat. Unique burger preparations include the “Soulful” with sweet plantains and jerk sauce and the Spicy PB&J, with peanut butter and jalapeños. With stops in Middletown, Hartford and Waterbury, the truck posts its weekly schedule at soulfullyvegan.com/our-locations and on Instagram at @soul_fully_vegan. 860-435-7878, soulfullyvegan.com

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New Park Brewing in West Hartford recently introduced its wood-fired kitchen, with pizzas made from naturally leavened dough, cold-fermented for 72 hours.

Patty’s at New Park Brewing, West Hartford

The brewery recently introduced its wood-fired kitchen, with pizzas made from naturally leavened dough, cold-fermented for 72 hours. Seasonal starters and small plates will rotate, with recent features like Caesar salad, heirloom tomato salad and meatballs. Pies with red or white bases are available in 14- and 18-inch sizes, with pepperoni, local sausage and artichokes among the toppings. The brewery also offers a list of natural and biodynamic wines, available by the glass or bottle. 485 New Park Ave., 860-232-2033, newparkbrewing.com/patty-s, @newparkbrewing

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The newest location of Square Peg Pizzeria, with wood-fired thin-crust and Detroit-style pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and craft cocktails, is now open in Orange.

Square Peg Pizzeria, Orange

The popular Glastonbury pizzeria opened its second location in August inside Orange’s Montana Nights axe-throwing bar. But that’s just the start for owner Jay Maffe, who aims to open 20 Square Pegs in total within five years. New locations of the Italian American restaurant, with wood-fired thin-crust and Detroit-style pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and craft cocktails, will open in Newington, Manchester and Vernon this year. 200 Indian River Road, 203-855-1522, squarepegpizzeria.com, @squarepegpizzeria

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Seating at La Plage at Inn at Longshore provides views of the Saugatuck River and Long Island Sound.

La Plage, Westport

La Plage translates to “the beach” in French, an appropriate name for the new Westport restaurant’s setting on the waterfront between Long Island Sound and Longshore Golf Course. The casual coastal restaurant and oyster bar opened in August, taking the place of Pearl, the former restaurant at the Inn at Longshore. Seating provides views of the Saugatuck River and the Sound, and the menu specializes in fresh seafood and plant-based dishes, with a section of “garden appetizers” highlighting vegetables. 260 Compo Road S., 203-684-6232, laplagewestport.com, @laplagewestport

Guilty Kitchen, Hartford

Destanie Chappell’s new restaurant in Hartford’s South Green district “proudly serves up soul food that is guilty of being delicious,” according to its website. A court theme extends to the menu, with entrées categorized as “recess and verdict” and sides as “small claims.” Entrées and soul food favorites include fried whiting, lamb chops, grilled shrimp, garlic butter salmon, wings, collard greens with turkey, and macaroni and cheese, and a brunch menu features stuffed waffles and a shrimp and grits “martini.” 7 Congress St., 860-308-2057, guiltykitchenandlounge.com, @guilty_kitchenandlounge

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Villa Lulu offers regional Italian comfort food, Italian wines and modern cocktails.

Villa Lulu, New Haven

The new contemporary Italian restaurant by Pacifico’s Moe Gad and Rafael Palomino, which opened in early August, is two doors down from its sibling eatery on College Street, with regional Italian comfort food, Italian wines and modern cocktails. The menu offers antipasti, pizzas, fresh housemade pastas and main courses like shrimp risotto, branzino puttanesca, chicken scarpariello and eggplant Parmesan. For lunch, Villa Lulu features a $20 two-course menu. 230 College St., 203-691-7177, villaluluct.com, @VillaLuluCT

Leeanne Griffin is the food and consumer reporter for Hearst Connecticut, handling coverage of restaurant openings and closings, trends, events and general news about Connecticut food and beverage businesses.

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