Our food writers, Erik Ofgang and Mike Wollschlager, visit a lot of places over the course of a year. Here they take a look back at their favorite spots they visited in 2019.
“Made in Italy” is the mantra of owner/pizzaiolo Danilo Mongillo. Luckily for us, everything is prepared and served in Branford. My favorite restaurant of 2019.
The dish that did it: Rigatoni alla Genovese — MW
Tiger Belly Noodle Bar, Granby
The restaurant’s signature ramen dish, The Darkness, is a pork-bone broth that is slow-cooked for about 18 hours and served with a pickled egg and thick chunks of pork belly. It is every bit as good as it sounds.
The dish that did it: The Darkness — EO
Los Charros Cantina, Essex
A salsa flight representing the seven regions of Mexico is a perfect way to kick off a culinary tour of authentic Mexican cuisine led by talented chef Colt Taylor.
The dish that did it: Wheatberry esquites — MW
Sasso’s Coal Fired Pizza, Torrington
One bite of the thin-crust, coal-fired pies here convinced me that you didn’t have to be in New Haven or a nearby town to enjoy New Haven-style pizza. The place also has a cool, craft beer bar feel.
The dish that did it: Margherita pizza — EO
Bistro on Main, Manchester
Owned by the Manchester Area Conference of Churches and helmed by chef and pastor Ben Dubow, Bistro on Main is dedicated to providing transitional employment and training. But don’t let its charitable intentions give you the wrong idea — Bistro on Main is an amazing restaurant serving casual French cuisine.
The dish that did it: Bouillabaisse — EO
The smoke plate is the epitome of what TexiKo is all about — sliced brisket, pulled pork, chicken thighs, pinto beans, rice, Texas slaw and Texas toast served with three distinct styles of barbecue sauce.
The dish that did it: Smoke plate — MW
Olmo, New Haven
Everyone was sad to see Caseus go, but Olmo helped dry those tears pretty quickly.
The dish that did it: Brussels sprouts with cider syrup, pickled cumin seeds and kale-kraut. — MW
The Blake hotel offers a top-notch Tyler Anderson 2-for-1 with the upscale Hamilton Park, adjacent to the hotel lobby, and High George, a year-round rooftop bar.
The dish that did it: Lamb loin with tapenade and eggplant — MW
Peter Chang, Stamford
From the outside this looks like the corniest of chains, but it is the only Connecticut restaurant owned by legendary Sichuan chef Peter Chang, whose Maryland and Virginia restaurants have been praised in The New York Times and The New Yorker. The Stamford location lives up to the hype.
The dish that did it: Scallion bubble pancake — EO
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