Serving the Hartford area with American bistro cuisine, Michael Christophers spruces up standard dishes with stylish preparations and singular sets of flavors. Thrill taste buds and tongues with starters such as grilled cheese sliders ($6.95), chicken parmesan spring rolls ($8.95), or loaded garlic bread, a savory strongman of a plate that hefts artichoke hearts, tomatoes, garlic butter, and four types of cheese with ease ($5.95). Then sink teeth into mouthwatering sandwich-styled main courses, such as the signature Michael Christophers burger topped with crispy onions and Vermont cheddar cheese ($9.95), and the genoa and pepperoni-stuffed grilled hot Italian ($9.95). Other platters include Cajun-spiced blackened salmon, expertly backfloating amidst watermelon salsa ($18.95). Fridays bring an all-you-can-eat fish fry, served with a choice of fries, baked potato, or cole slaw ($15; available during Lent). The bistro also plays home to a full-service bar stirring up a large selection of cocktails, and frequently hosts events, such as beer-paired dinners and readings of Shakespeare’s surf 'n' turf themed sonnets.
Specializing in American Continental and Italian cuisine, chef Oscar Monterroso immerses taste buds into gourmet meals packed with emerging trends and flavors. With nearly a decade of restaurant experience tucked into his apron, Chef Oscar has doled out dishes across the United States. Today, having planted his fork-emblem flag on the East Coast, he showcases his talents by travelling to clients' homes and preparing three- to five-course gourmet meals. Chef Oscar also leads interactive dinner parties, enabling groups of students to chop, dice, and whisk their way to becoming better cooks.
True to its name, San Gennaro Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza & Ristorante churns out crispy, bubbly, Old World–style pies from a brick-lined, wood-fired kiln. Guests gather at wraparound communal benches surrounded by rustic, bare-brick walls, watching chefs toss disks of dough high into the air and cover pizzas in Italian tomatoes, chicken, and shaved prosciutto. Like the Roman empire, San Gennaro's culinary authority extends beyond Italy. Diners can opt for chicken wings with inventive sauces such as buffalo blue, a blend of buffalo sauce and blue cheese.
A neon-lit façade shelters an intimate sidewalk patio where patrons chat on warm summer days over fresh seafood, salads, pastas, and meaty Italian specialties. Diners get their fill of bruschetta and mussels any time of year within Aziago's casual interior, which boasts golden-yellow walls, italian-vintage-style posters, and a hardwood bar overlooking a flat-screen TV. Main dishes, such as veal parmesan and ravioli, float to tables on clouds of house-made marinara, and forks cut effortlessly into juicy steak and pork-chop dishes. The promise of Cheesecake Factory desserts leads young ones to gobble their kiddie-sized pastas, and a quick-serve café brings paninis and wraps to the lunchtime masses. Aziago's also hosts private parties and delivers catered feasts to groups too large to sit at double-decker tables.
At TD Homer’s Grill, families can enjoy classic American eats on two spacious outdoor patios or seated indoors in booths with private HDTVs. As cooks hand-cut steaks, prepare salads, and grill half-pound burgers, patrons feast eyes on 90 screens primed for watching anything from sports to cartoons.