For nearly half a century, Eddy's Bake Shop's bakers have kept pantries stocked with savory breads and sweet pastries, donuts, and cupcakes, and wedding banquet tables laden with multi-tiered cakes. Expert bakers whip up loaves of their well-loved rye bread fresh each day, and craft cookies from traditional Old-World recipes.
Christian and Antonio Setaro?s parents immigrated to the United States from Salerno, Italy, in the 1970s and opened Antonio?s Twin Oaks, an Italian eatery known for its homestyle cooking. Growing up around the kitchen, the brothers developed a liking for cooking that ultimately led to the opening of their own Italian eatery, The Original Antonio?s in Woodbridge. Later, they added locations in Beacon Falls and Ansonia.
At each restaurant, pasta headlines the menu. Shreds of romano cheese dust orders of homemade cheese ravioli, pappardelle with duck ragu, and rigatoni with plum tomatoes and italian sausage. Cheese also bubbles atop specialty pizzas and accentuates entrees built around shrimp, salmon, chicken, veal, or pork chops. The drink menu lists a bevy of dessert drinks, beer, martinis, and wine, nine of which are available by glass or cupped hands.
Lanza Restaurant's chefs plate a menu of authentic, upscale Italian dishes as guests drink in live entertainment. Taking inspiration from matryoshka dolls, diners can fill bellies with stuffed selections such as the ricotta-stuffed ravioli ($11.95) and the eggplant rollatini, in which a trio of ricotta, provolone, and prosciutto crowd into a golden eggplant topped with mozzarella and marinara ($13.95). In the veal piccata, a sautéed veal cutlet bathes in herbs, capers, and a luxurious lemon-butter sauce ($17.95), and the swordfish oreganto pairs a sautéed swordfish steak drizzled in roasted-garlic butter sauce with potatoes—Italy's most famous carbohydrate ($18.95). As diners captivate taste buds with savory sauces and pastas, live music and comedy acts thrill eardrums on Lanza’s stage, and a dance area lets couples practice for upcoming line-dancing marathons.
The pizza at The Original Antonio's is so good, it converted a deep-dish-loving Chicagoan, who proclaimed their pies as "the best thin-crust pizza" with sauce that's "to die for" on the eatery's website. Their specialty creations range from a vegetarian Torino with roasted eggplant and lemon-cream sauce, to the Chrissy with New York strip steak and sweet peppers. But pizza isn't all they're known for?the Setaro family really shines when they use flashlights to prepare traditional Italian entrees such as housemade gnocchi with plum tomatoes. The menus' meatier dishes include an 8-ounce filet with wild mushrooms, and braised short ribs with tomato ragout.