Connecticut

Restaurants in Connecticut

Manolo Blahnik executives George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis opened the Puglia-inspired Arethusa Al Tavolo in 2013. Chef Dan Magill (a Boulud alum) infuses the menu with seasonal flavors—think cider-glazed duck with pumpkin-amaretti purée in the fall.

Connecticut—yes, Connecticut—has a shockingly large number of wiener huts, many of which specialize in deep-fried dogs. Our fave?

A family-friendly—and family-run—Italian place with plenty of options for parents (the Gorgonzola-rich “Lucky Luciano” pizza) and kids (chicken parmesan).

Locals flock at lunchtime for the restaurant's hearty soups. A more sophisticated crowd comes in the evenings for a cocktail vibe.

Chef Billy Grant says the Italian comfort fare he serves at Restaurant Bricco is inspired by childhood memories of his mother's cooking. Order some orecchiette with sautéed shrimp, then wrap up with a dish of homemade olive oil gelato.

Thanks to Julia Roberts, pizza is to Mystic what sourdough is to San Francisco, and at Mystic Pizza, by an old drawbridge that goes up hourly, it’s actually delicious.

The cozy restaurant serves an Alsatian choucroute and an ethereal passion-fruit gratin.