Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Connecticut encompasses every dreamy detail of your perfect restaurant: local, seasonal ingredients; friendly, genuine staff, fantastic food, and some of the most breathtaking views of the Connecticut River. The dining room as well as its outdoor dining space, including a high top table, overlooks the mouth of the Connecticut River where it meets the Long Island Sound, and has a stunning vantage point of the marina. Inside, the coastal interior is very warm and inviting, with cozy corner booths and dim lighting.
There was plenty of activity throughout the restaurant and bar area when we arrived on a Friday evening in late October. Our waitress, the sweetest woman we had ever met, went above and beyond by suggesting a dish from each course from their dinner menu as well as detailing local points of interest in the area. She truly wanted us to have a wonderful experience while tasting a variety of dishes, and we certainly did!
TerraSole is an Italian restaurant tucked away in one of southern Connecticut’s most charming towns, Ridgefield, which is just fifteen minutes away from Danbury and the New York state border. This is one of those rare restaurants you would go out of your way to dine at, and one you could sit in for hours just so you had the opportunity to study their impressive and substantial dinner menu. What they offer their guests is more than impressive: it is down-to-earth fare with local ingredients and true flavors of Northern Italy.
I visited TerraSole on an early Monday evening with my grandma, an avid cook who is extraordinarily knowledgeable when it comes to Italian cooking (think if Lidia Bastianich and Giada De Laurentiis were to join forces). Upon arrival, we were greeted by the ever-present owner, Pietro Polini who hails from Puglia, Italy. In fact, just two weeks prior, he was back in his home country. He told us that he is always out to discover and hone in on culinary influences from Italy, spanning from Sicily up to the French and Swiss alps. His family still operates restaurants in Puglia & Rimini! At TerraSole, he creates top-notch dishes that are each a world of flavors and textures. I bet you have never experienced anything quite like this.
This was my first visit to Maman Tribeca, or any one of their four locations in New York City. Maman is a café you will fall in love with instantly upon stepping inside. Whimsical and so darling, this café reminds me of walking into a storybook: think European chic with a rustic, relaxed vibe.
The staff behind the counter as well as my waiter were so gracious. My drinks and dishes were served at appropriate times and my waiter came by multiple times asking how I was and if I needed anything. Details I loved at Maman were the interchanging pretty, blue ceramic plates and dishes as well as the Parisian décor with earthy accents, wild flowers, cozy lamps, and mason jars on the wooden dining tables.
Townline BBQ, located in Sagaponack, is one of my favorite spots to drop in for an impromptu lunch and bar bite. This rustic, laid-back local’s favorite is open thru lunch and dinner, so you could stop in after work, for an mid-afternoon snack or for an after dinner drink and dessert. I usually come in for lunch and order my favorite combo plate: Brisket, Pulled Pork, Corn Bread and Collard Greens. For dessert, my go-to is a slice of their super-moist German Chocolate Cake, and my most recent is their Birthday Cake with colorful sugar sprinkles. The atmosphere is so relaxing and chill, I never feel rushed. I always like to sit in the seats adjacent to the parking lot or outside during the warmer months. View Post
Sotto Sopra is a standout spot for dinner in the heart of Amagansett. Set on Main Street, this Northern Italian restaurant, featuring rear outdoor dining during the warmer months, serves exquisite, traditional dishes created by Executive Chef Fermin Jimenez. Sotto Sopra’s evokes a comforting, warm atmosphere paired with professional, knowledgeable staff. When my husband and I dined here this past Sunday evening, each staff member provided us with exceptional, genuine service which I find lately is very difficult to find.
Sotto Sopra’s finely tailored menu includes freshly baked bread and Italian style pizza, succulent steaks and chops, and whole-roasted fish. To note, their traditional wood-burning oven bakes incredible pizzas. These include The Picante Pizza, layered with peperoni and spicy sausage over ricotta cheese, the Primavera’s combination of sautéed vegetables, including dried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, and my choice, the Funghi Pizza, topped with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, and robiolina.