Food & Drink in Connecticut

Bistro Cuisine for Dine-In or Carryout at Lena's Cafe and Confections (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Lena's Cafe and Confections

Westville

$20 $11

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Hearty brunch and lunch dishes range from bananas foster french toast and seafood omelets to buffalo-chicken paninis and half-pound burgers

$17 for $30 Worth of BBQ and Cajun Food at Black-eyed Sally's

Black-Eyed Sally's

Downtown

$30 $17

BBQ and Cajun cuisine such as pulled pork, blackened catfish, jambalaya, and ribs in southern juke joint atmosphere with live blues music

Ice Cream and American Food at My Dairy Inn (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

My Dairy Inn

Springdale

$20 $12

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Inventive ice cream concoctions pair with classic cones, burgers, and hotdogs

Pizza Party for Six or More, or $30 for $30 Worth of Pizzeria Cuisine at Tony Z's Pizza

Tony Z's Pizza

Tony Z's Pizza

$30 $15

Dozens of varieties of New Haven–style brick-oven pizza with specialty toppings such as breaded chicken and fresh clams

Sushi and Japanese Food at Hana Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Hana Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar

Waterbury

$35 $19

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Hibachi meats cooked tableside, imported drinks, and sushi rolls with ingredients such as spicy mayo and cream cheese

$20 for $40 Worth of Gastropub Fare at BJ Ryan's in Norwalk

BJ Ryan's

Norwalk

$40 $20

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Guests pair more than 60 beers and craft brews with diverse menu selections that include burgers, seafood, steaks and pulled pork nachos

Wood-Fired Pizza or Pasta Meal for Two or Four with Salad, Sangria, and Dessert at Red Tomato Pizza (Up to 59% Off)

Red Tomato Pizza

East Norwich

$55 $24

Handmade crusts topped with prosciutto, caramelized onions, capers, & other ingredients pop into wood-fired oven, plus iron skillet pastas

Thai Food for Two or More or Takeout at V. Thai (Up to 48% Off)

V. Thai

Ridgefield

$25 $13

Classic Thai dishes, including housemade curries, soft-shell crab, and garlic duck, plus a few Vietnamese options, including pho

Office Lunch Sushi Party, Sushi House Party, or $24 for $40 Worth of Sushi from Ichiro Hibachi & Sushi Bar

Ichiro Hibachi & Sushi Bar

West Hartford

$150 $99

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Japanese restaurant serves sushi, teriyaki and tempura entrees, bento boxes, soups, and salads or goes to homes and offices for sushi party

Irish Food and Drinks at The Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

The Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant

Hamden

$20 $12

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Irish pub creates food such as smoked salmon, whiskey barbecue chicken tenders, chili burgers, corned beef and cabbage, and chicken curry

Hibachi Cuisine for Two or Four at Akita Japanese Steak House (Up to 42% Off)

Akita Japanese Steak House

Fairfield

$30 $18

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Hibachi-grilled filet mignon, chicken, Angus beef, lobster, and scallops prepared by chefs who double as entertainers and grillmasters

Italian Ice, Gelati, and Frozen Custard Treats at Rita’s of West Haven (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Rita’s Italian Ice

West Haven

$4 $2.40

Freshly made Italian ice, seasonal cream ice flavors, old-fashioned custard, and sundaes with limitless toppings

Mexican Dinner for Two or Four or Mexican Lunch for Two at Mariachi’s Mexican Restaurant (Up to 51% Off)

Mariachi’s Mexican Restaurant

New Milford

$48.85 $29

Mexican menu includes black-bean, tortilla, and chicken soup as well as classic burritos, tacos, chimichangas, flautas, and enchiladas

Seafood Dinner for Two or Four at Lumi Restaurant (Up to 46% Off). Four Options Available.

Lumi Restaurant

Stratford

$70 $39

Oysters, crab cakes, and pan-seared scallops headline a menu that brings the sea to your dinner plate

Italian and American Cuisine for Breakfast or Dinner at Nolita Ristorante (40% Off)

Nolita Ristorante

Nolita Ristorante

$20 $12

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Eatery uses fresh farm-to-table ingredients to create Italian and American cuisine such as fresh housemade pasta and tuna melt paninis

New American Cuisine at Juniper's Restaurant (Up to 48% Off). Three Options Available.

Juniper's Restaurant

Middlebury

$45 $25

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Restaurant with live music dishes out penne ala vodka, barbecue pork ribs, fried seafood platters, Angus burgers, and fresh crab salads

Italian Cooking Class for One or Two at Dalice Elizabeth Winery (Up to 52% Off) 

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

$75 $37

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Using Mediterranean sea salts and ingredients from local farmers, chefs teach the basics of preparing homestyle Italian cuisine

Wine Class with Souvenir Glasses for Two or Four at Haight-Brown Vineyard (Up to 54% Off)

Haight-Brown Vineyard

Litchfield

$70 $35

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Wine tasting matches gourmet chocolates with globally sourced cheese, and includes a keepsake glass

Dueling-Piano Show with Cover, Appetizers, and Wine or Beer for Two or Four at Marisa's Ristorante (50% Off)

Marisa's Ristorante

Trumbull

$40 $20

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Every Friday night at 7 p.m., rock and roll pianists battle it out with a bit of comedy at upscale casual restaurant; song requests accepted

$18 for $35 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Sakura Garden

Sakura Garden

Glastonbury Center

$35 $18

Wide array of Japanese specialties, from artfully prepared sushi rolls to sizzling hibachi entrées

Standup Comedy at Hartford Funny Bone (Up to 84% Off)

Hartford Funny Bone

Hartford Funny Bone

$46 $15

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Club features nationally touring comics seen on stage and screen

American Dinner for Two or Four at Four Main Street Bar and Grill (Up to 53% Off). Four Options Available.

Four Main St. Bar and Grill

Huntington

$138 $65

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Chef John Slattery crafts blackened steaks, fried calamari, and other upscale American favorites in a casual eatery nestled in Hidden Hills

$3 for $5 Worth of Milk Shakes — Scoops Ice Cream

Scoops Ice Cream

Southington

$5 $3

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you.

$25 for Wine and Fondue for Two at Ballou's Wine Bar (Up to $42 Value)

Ballou's Wine Bar

Multiple Locations

$42 $25

Award-winning chocolate, Nutella, peanut-butter, and cheese fondue complement wine from local and international vineyards

$5 for 30% Off Your Bill for Indian Food at Mumbai Times

Mumbai Times

Westport

$5 $5

Starters of kebabs and tandoor-fired chicken tenders lead into specialties from both northern and southern India

Hibachi Fare at Yume Hibachi Steak & Sushi in Unionville (Up to 45% Off)

Yume Hibachi Steak & Sushi

Farmington

$40 $22

Plumes of fire erupt as showboating hibachi chefs put on a sizzling spectacle, cooking filet mignon, shrimp, lobster & Teppanyaki veggies

$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine for Two or More at Lena's Restaurant

Lena's Restaurant & Banquet

South Windsor

$30 $15

Flowing red curtains and vintage hanging lights set the tone for brick-oven pizzas, mussels, hearty pastas, and veal sautéed in wine

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Fro-Yo at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt ($24 Value)

Sweet Frog

Guilford

$6 $3

21 frozen-yogurt flavors including sweet coconut and georgia peach; available in gelato, low-fat, fat free, non-dairy & gluten-free options

Hot Dog or Burger Meal for Two or Four at Franks & Frites (44% Off)

Franks & Frites

Darien

$33.96 $18.99

Eatery dishes burgers and hot dogs like the California with avocado, alfalfa sprouts, and curry powder; sides include onion rings and chili

$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Carry-Out at The Original Antonio's

The Original Antonio's

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Thin-crust pies take center-stage dressed in pesto and chicken or clams; other options include house-made ravioli and Tuscan pork chop

Three or Five Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Drinks at Chasers Bar & Lounge (50% Off)

Chasers Bar & Lounge

Ansonia

$10 $5

Enjoy a beer or cocktail at this sports bar, which features a pool table, dart board, video games, and flat-screen TVs

$12 for $24 Worth of Italian Sandwiches, Pizza, and Deli Food at Saldamarco’s Deli

Saldamarco's Deli

Clinton

$24 $12

Italian sandwiches are layered with fresh deli meats and cheeses, plus favorites such as chicken parm, sausage and peppers, and meatballs.

Mexican Food at Los Mariachis Bar and Grill (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Los Mariachis Bar and Grill

Wallingford Center

$20 $10

Menu of Mexican classics, including marinated shrimp and carne asada, served in the cozy dining rooom or on the breezy outdoor patio

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Fare at Big Steve's Grill ($30 Total Value)

Big Steve's Grill

Plainville

$10 $5

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Family-owned establishment with patio serves up American favorites such as Angus burgers, house-made chili, and deep-fried Twinkies

Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Mona Lisa Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Mona Lisa Restaurant

Wolcott

$40 $20

Eatery open since 1989 offers cuisine such as veal marsala, filet mignon, crab cake sandwiches, penne ala vodka, and fettuccine carbonara

$15 for 3 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Asian-American Fusion Food at The H.A. Cafe ($30 Value)

The H.A. Cafe

Storrs

$10 $5

Enjoy poke salads, katsu don with Japanese fried chicken, grilled shrimp teriyaki, or sushi rolls with bubble teas in fun, casual cafe

Standup-Comedy Show for Two with Drinks at Comix At Foxwoods Comedy Club (Up to 53% Off)

Comix At Foxwoods Comedy Club

Mashantucket

$75 $35

Resort-casino comedy club presents nationally touring comedians

New Latin Cuisine at Ola Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Ola Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

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New York Times–praised restaurant serves modern Latin small plates, steaks, and seafood alongside tropical drinks

Contemporary American Food at Common House Kitchen & Bar (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

Common House Kitchen & Bar

Rocky Hill

$40 $19

All-day restaurant inside the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel serves upscale American food from french toast to filet mignon and crabcakes

Prix Fixe Dinner for Two or Four or Takeout at Blackstones Steakhouse (Up to 50% Off)

Blackstones Steakhouse

Greenwich

$190 $100

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Prix fixe dinner with choice of prime, dry-aged steaks or fresh seafood, as well as appetizers, dessert, and wine in an elegant steakhouse

Modern American Dinner for Two or Four with Wine and Appetizers at 500 Degrees (Up to 52% Off)

500 degrees

Derby

$82 $39

Chef Manny Sarmiento draws on international influences to create a unique menu of fusion cuisine

Chinese Take-Out, or Dinner for Two or More at Bamboo Garden (Up to 43% Off)

Bamboo Garden

Windsor

$20 $12

Mongolian chicken, smoked duck, and a wide range of traditional Chinese noodle dishes

New American Dinner for Two or Four at New Harvest Restaurant (Up to 42% Off)

New Harvest Restaurant

Beacon Falls

$30 $18

Diners can partake of an eclectic menu of palatable dishes, ranging from ceviche to pan-seared duck breast

Seafood and Steak Dinner for Two or Four at The Tributary Restaurant in Winsted (Up to 45% Off)

The Tributary

Winsted

$68.80 $39

Amid wood-paneled walls & old-time photographs, waiters ferry fresh clam & mussel starters to tables along with veal, pasta & filet mignon

Surf 'n' Turf at Front Street Station (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

Front Street Station

Greenport

$50 $25

Stuffed shrimp scampi, lobster, filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, gourmet burgers, broiled stuffed flounder, and shrimp and scallop provencale

$11 for 4 Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Ice Cream at Sweet Treats Ice Cream ($20 Total Value)

Sweet Treats Ice Cream

Groton

$5 $2.75

Premium ice cream in flavors such as coffee, chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla—all available in cones, sundaes, cups, and shakes

Italian Ice, Gelati, and Frozen Custard Treats at Rita’s of Bridgeport (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Rita’s Italian Ice

North Bridgeport

$4 $2.40

Frozen custard, sundaes, shakes, gelati, and regular or sugar-free Italian ice made daily from fresh fruit; more than 50 flavors

16-Course Sushi Dinner with Sake Pairings for Two at Miya's Sushi (Up to 55% Off)

Miya's Sushi

Chapel West District of New Haven

$174 $79

16-course dinner with sake pairings at innovative restaurant lauded for sustainable sushi

$60 for a Three-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner for Two at Dish Bar & Grill ($100 Value)

Dish Bar & Grill

Downtown

$100 $60

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Three-course dinner with plates such as duck confit nachos, lamb meatloaf, and pepper-crusted steak

$17 for $30 Worth of Sushi and Asian Food at Asiana Bistro

Asiana Bistro

Stamford

$30 $17

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Thai noodle dishes, bento boxes, and sushi abound on the pan-Asian menu

$16 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Bacco's Restaurant

Bacco's Restaurant

Waterbury

$30 $16

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Pizzas, char-grilled steaks, and specialties such as veal saltimbocca rolled with prosciutto; cold drinks at a roomy bar

Peruvian Cuisine for Two or Four at Fiesta Limena (Up to 46% Off). Five Options Available.

Fiesta Limena

Norwalk

$25 $15

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Internationally-influenced Peruvian dishes include ceviche, pepper steak with fried egg, and spiced rotisserie chicken

Three Italian Meals or Two Meatball and Pasta Specials at Mima’s Meatballs and More (Up to 50% Off)

Mima's Meatballs and More

Danbury

$10 $5

Dine on classic or veggie meatballs atop pasta with a choice of six sauces or fried pizza fritte in a casual Italian cafe

$27 for a Corn Maze Package with Apples and Doughnuts for Four at Rosedale Farms Winery ($52 Value)

Rosedale Farms Winery

Simsbury

$52 $27

Find your way through the six-acre corn maze before enjoying fall-flavored doughnuts and apples

Gourmet Sandwiches with Drinks for Two or Four at Johnny Prete's Deli A-Go-Go (Half Off)

Johnny Prete's Deli A-Go-Go

Hamden

$20 $10

Sandwiches include specialty steak and cheese flatbreads and shrimp po-boys as well as classic deli options such as roast beef

Indian Dinner for Two or Four at Bangalore Restaurant & Bar (Up to 49% Off). Two Options Available.

Bangalore Restaurant & Bar

Fairfield

$87.35 $49

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Chicken tikka, tandoori snapper, aloo gobi, clay-oven-roasted chicken wings, and lamb chops marinated with yogurt and mild spices

Brazilian Rodizio Service for Two or Four, or Lunch at iD Brazil Churrascaria and Restaurant (Up to 51% Off) 

iD Brazil Churrascaria and Restaurant

West Haven

$30 $15

Choose from more than a dozen cuts of meat, served tableside from a giant skewer; includes unlimited sides, and salads

Sandwiches and Wraps at Zach's Deli (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Zach's Deli

Post Road South

$10 $5.50

Deli sandwiches, wraps, and salads as well as coffee and pastrami and Swiss panini on rye

Beer- or Wine-Making Course with Take-Home Bottles at Brew and Wine Hobby (50% Off)

Brew and Wine Hobby

East Hartford

$50 $25

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In laid-back classes, hobbyists learn flavor theory before getting their hands dirty brewing their own beer and wine

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice Cream at S&S Sweet Treats ($20 Value)

S&S Sweet Treats

Torrington

$10 $5.50

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Sundaes feature ice-cream flavors such as cappuccino crunch, moose tracks, and oatmeal cookie, alongside a menu of soups and sandwiches

$15 for One Dozen Cakepops at Lizzy's Lollicakes ($30 Value)

Lizzy's Lollicakes

Trumbull

$30 $15

Dozen cakepops; flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, funfetti, devils food, lemon, strawberry, carrot, and Oreo

Steaks and Seafood for Dinner or Take-Out at CW's Chops ‘n’ Catch (Up to 46% Off)

CW's Chops ‘n’ Catch

Manchester

$50 $27

Eatery transforms local seafood and produce into contemporary American fare; available for weekday dinner or take-out

$14 for a Brewery Tour with Tastings for Four at Thimble Island Brewing Company ($28 Value)

Thimble Island Brewing Company

Branford

$28 $14

Craft brewery with four beers on tap, including the signature American Ale and seasonal specialties

American Cuisine for Dinner for Two or Four at Bistro B (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Bistro B

Multiple Locations

$72 $36

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Upscale eatery creates American bistro cuisine such as local raw oysters, BLT sliders, tuna steak, duck confit, and double-cut pork chops

Sushi and Teriyaki Dishes for Dinner for Two or Four at Mikado Asian Bistro in Canton (Up to 50% Off)

Mikado Asian Bistro

Canton

$30 $16

Color Dragon rolls stuffed with shrimp tempura and sprouts; sea eel sashimi; sizzling shrimp teriyaki

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Coffee and Cafe Fare at 226 Jazz Art Java ($24 Value)

226 Jazz Art Java

Windsor

$6 $3

Cappuccinos, espressos, and other coffee drinks match with breakfast sandwiches and pastries in cafe that celebrates local art and music

$16 for $30 Worth of American Food and Ice Cream at The Summer House

The Summer House

Southwick

$30 $16

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Year-round shop with up to 24 ice-cream flavors and classic food such as grilled-cheese sandwiches, BLTs, burgers, hot dogs, soup, and fries

$16.50 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Baked Goods at Eddy's Bake Shop (Up to 45% Off)

Eddy's Bake Shop

Ansonia

$10 $5.50

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Made-from-scratch baked goods such as rye bread, cupcakes, and Hungarian raspberry cookies

Fine Wines at The Wine Cellar Outlet (Up to 46% Off)

The Wine Cellar Outlet

Wallingford

$50 $29

Stock up on award-winning bottles of wine, from Sauvignon Blancs to Malbecs

American Food at Club 19 Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Club 19 Restaurant

Hawk's Landing Country Club

$30 $15

Diners can enjoy burgers, wraps, and pasta entrees indoors while watching the large flat-screen TVs, or outdoors on the spacious deck

Italian American Food for Lunch or Dinner at East Street Eatery (50% Off)

East Street Eatery

Wolcott

$30 $15

Italian American staples including New York strip steak, Angus burgers topped with cheese, and pasta tossed with chicken or seafood

Upscale American Dinner or Sunday Brunch for Two or Four at J House Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

J House Restaurant

Riverside

$60 $34

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Local ingredients—including grass-fed beef & house-smoked salmon—anchor a creative American menu; chance to win $250 dinner on Facebook page

Brewery Tour with Beer Flights and Glasses for Two or Four at Broad Brook Brewing Company (Up to 50% Off)

Broad Brook Brewing Company

East Windsor

$22 $12

Groups of two or four tour brewery with 15-barrel system and sample classic as well as seasonal brews

Upscale American Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Sweet Peas (Up to 48% Off)

Sweet Peas

Winsted

$25 $13

Chefs prepare ginger-soy-glazed salmon and oven-roasted lamb in Victorian homestead amid antiques

$12 for Two Vouchers, Each Valid for $10 Worth of Classic American Breakfast or Lunch at The Tea Kettle ($20 Value)

The Tea Kettle Restaurant

Old Saybrook

$10 $6

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Scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes, chicken sandwiches on kaiser rolls, black-bean-beef chili, and caribbean chicken wings

Colombian Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers, Entrees, and Wine at El Pueblito (Up to 51% Off)

El Pueblito

Downtown

$70.85 $39

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Traditional Colombian dinner cuisine including empanadas, ceviche, homemade soup, grilled steak or tilapia, and sautéed shrimp with wine

Sushi and Japanese Food at Sushi Mizu (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Sushi Mizu

New Haven

$25 $12.50

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Sushi made with fluke, crabmeat, and mango served alongside Japanese classics, such as seaweed salads and beef teriyaki

Admission for Two or Four to a Ladies-Night Event on October 16 from Fun Girls Night Out (Up to 51% Off)

Fun Girls Night Out

Marquee Events Featuring the Gerson Fox Ballroom

$50 $25

Evening of glamor, beauty, fashion, and fun at a Hartford CT country club includes a martini bar, wine tastings, fashion shows, and prizes

Japanese Cuisine at Shiki Hibachi & Sushi (Up to 50% Off)

Shiki Hibachi & Sushi

Stamford

$30 $16

Soft shell crab and lobster tempura are fashioned into sushi rolls; filet mignon and lobster are seared hibachi-style at tableside grills

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Upon entering Tuscany Ristorante, guests are greeted by the sweeping country landscapes that pepper the bright-yellow walls, evoking summers spent under the Tuscan sun, sipping wine and dancing the tarantella until the INS showed up. The warm interiors paired with crisp white linens and hardwood floors infuse the restaurant with a casual elegance to match its classic, flavorful fare. The chefs whip up rich Tuscan dishes, including hearty pasta; prime, dry-aged steaks; and decadent housemade desserts. Pasta and risotto entrees showcase carb sculptures such as the rich rigatoni boccelli, which, like any marble statue, comes doused in pancetta and light vodka sauce. As guests dine, they can indulge in a bottle of wine plucked from the floor-to-ceiling wine rack that lines the walls with rustic wood planks and elegantly displays hundreds of bottles.

1084 Madison Ave
Bridgeport,
CT
US

As the heir apparent to three generations of cooks, Rose Foote’s decision to follow in their footsteps was no surprise. Her journey started when she worked at her parent’s restaurant at the age of 9, and it continued in 1995 with her catering service, and, eventually, a culinary tour throughout Tuscany. All of these influences can be found in her inventive breakfast, lunch, and brunch menus at Bella’s Café—Rose describes the resulting theme as “European roots with contemporary flair.” An illustrative example is the eggplant ciabatta, a unity of grilled eggplant, fire-roasted red peppers, gooey melted mozzarella, and spicy arrabbiatta sauce.

The food isn’t the only aspect of Bella’s Café that blends a classic European aesthetic with contemporary influences—the décor adheres to that theme. Burnt yellow hues give the walls a rustic look, and framed prints and paintings remind guests that they don’t have to sculpt their French toast into a bust of Napoleon playing with his food to see beautiful art.

896 Whalley Ave
New Haven,
CT
US

Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

61 Savitt Way
Hartford,
CT
US

Chef Kausik Roy didn't invent his signature dish after attending culinary school, nor did he do it while he was working at some of the best restaurants in India. In fact, he was only a 9-year-old boy in Mumbai when he took one look at a plate of slimy okra and told his family he refused to eat it until it was crunchy and spicy. Someone took pity on him, sprinkled the okra in green chili, and deep-fried it. To everyone's surprise, they all loved it, and this dish, karrarri bhindi, has been a mainstay of Roy's kitchens.

At his newest restaurant, Tawa Indian Cuisine, there are two distinct dining areas: the more laid-back downstairs, where guests dig into plates of finger food and can get away with wearing mismatched socks, and the fancier, intimate space upstairs, where guests enjoy Indian fusion favorites. These include shrimp, calamari, scallops, and basmati rice flecked with saffron—the Indian version of paella—and coconut-and-pepper shrimp served with a chutney mayo.

211 Summer St
Stamford,
CT
US

Hailed by none other than the New York Times for eclectic dishes that combine “a homey touch with a dash of originality,” The Pine Social throws a sophisticated spin on traditional American comfort fare. Chandeliers cast a soft glow on tables situated side by side within the tavern-like restaurant and lounge, which anchors its menu on free-range meats, ocean-fresh fish, and locally sourced produce. The kitchen’s homemade sausage and slow-braised beef short ribs are not to be missed, based on their own merits as well as their shared ability to whet palates for the dessert menu’s warm apple spring rolls. Sips of aged scotch and spiked, hot apple cider thaw jaws frozen agape at the tavern’s dark-stained walls, rustic wooden accents, and plush furnishings. Light from high-definition TVs glints off the bar’s full-service spirits station, beside which guests can treat their ears to music that pours forth from live bands on Thursday and Friday nights.

36 Pine St
New Canaan,
CT
US

Fascia’s Chocolate began nearly 50 years ago as a family endeavor and it remains so today, whipping up white, milk, and dark-chocolate delights in small batches using a superior Swiss-style chocolate. Sink saccharine-seeking teeth into traditionally salty snacks made sweet, such as chocolate-covered potato chips and pretzels ($7.95+), while assorted truffles and cordial cherries make easy friends with even the most standoffish of taste buds ($16.95 for 8 oz.; $29.95 for 16 oz.). For a classic romantic gesture, pick up a medley of milk and dark-chocolate morsels in varied shapes and designs, some stuffed with timeless fillers such as caramel, nuts, creams, and more ($13.95 for a 15-piece box; $24.95 for 32-pieces), or, for truly special relationships, like the one between an irresponsible driver and a bribable parking enforcement official, are strengthened with a gift of specialty Fascia’s goodies, such as pecan turtles, truffle meltaways, and buttercrunch toffee ($14.95 for 8 oz.; $26.95 for 16 oz.). Moms deserve edible recognition with chocolate-dipped strawberries, especially on May 8, a holiday known to sneak up until it’s too late to get anything but a lame greeting card and a pet rock for the woman who brought you into this world ($19.95 for eight-piece box).

2066 Thomaston Ave
Waterbury,
CT
US