Barcelona: Spanish Tapas with Local Flavor

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One of the first things you discover about Barcelona is that it’s hard to discover. The entrance has no sign, no menu in a window, no clue that there’s a restaurant behind that slatted screen. It helps to know the restaurant faces Temple Street, at … Continue reading

Da Legna: Stellar Pizza, and More, for All

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You might wonder why New Haven needs another pizza restaurant, but a visit to Da Legna will convince you there’s always room for one more. Da Legna co-owner Daniel Parillo comes to Italian cooking honestly. His parents, Maria and Anthony, … Continue reading

Bella’s Cafe: Westville’s Daytime Destination

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No matter what time of day, I love breakfast. Say “French toast” and I salivate. There was a lot of drooling when I visited Bella’s Cafe. Opened in 2000 by chef Rose Foote, Bella’s has become the breakfast, lunch and … Continue reading

Roia: A Renovation Returns Glory

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I can’t tell you how many people have said I should do a blog post on the new restaurant Roia. Seriously, I’ve lost count. They ooh and aah about the food. They go on and on about the renovation. They … Continue reading

L’Orcio: A Taste of the Italian Countryside

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You don’t need an airline ticket to find yourself transported to that perfect little Italian  restaurant. You can find it right on State Street at a place called L’Orcio. From the bubbling lion’s-head water fountain under a wisteria arbor, to … Continue reading

Nini’s House of Tapas: Small Plates Run the Gamut

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When someone says “tapas,” you think small plates of Spanish delicacies. But in New Haven’s Ninth Square, tapas means small plates of any cuisine. Nini’s, a ten-year resident of Ninth Square owned by Felix Proto with Stuart London as chef, … Continue reading

Cave à Vin: Your Friendly Neighborhood Wine Bar

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With a meld of Old-World clubbiness and metro piano bar, Cave à Vin on State Street in New Haven is the culmination of Linda Fitzpatrick’s lifelong love of wine. Having spent years traveling to grape-growing regions throughout the world and … Continue reading