January 2020

Best Restaurants 2020 is in the January issue (on sale now) and publishes here Dec. 30, 2019

What are the best places to eat and drink in Connecticut? We've gone straight to not just one, but two sources for the answer for our annual Best Restaurants feature: our Readers' Choice survey, with county-level and statewide winners in 40 categories; and our Experts' Picks, recommendations made by a hand-selected group of foodies around the state. We also take a look back at our food writers' favorite places they visited over the last year, and asked a group of industry pros which food trends they see as being big in 2020.

How does Dan Giusti get kids to not only eat kale, but love it? A world-class chef, he gave up a prestigious career to bring a gourmet touch to New London school lunchrooms, and in the process won over the toughest food critics of all. We also visit a family in Essex who turned an iconic windmill into their dream home.

By the way, Happy New Year! We've got reviews of sparkling wines to help you ring it in, some tips for how to keep those resolutions (hint: think small), and some cozy product suggestions to keep you warm until the thaw comes.

In This Issue:

This & That

Where & When

Moses Pendleton often sits at home by a roaring fire, listening to classical music and studying how the logs break apart and form abstract shapes. Flames leap and dance hypnotically, almost like the serpentine movements of the dancers who bring his choreography to life.

Home & Living

No matter how motivated people are when making a New Year’s resolution to exercise, most give up by February. It doesn’t have to be that way, exercise experts say, if you set small, manageable goals.

Eat & Drink

The Last Word


Things to do