In the kitchen of Nuzzo's Apizza, third-generation pizza maker Barry Nuzzo and his team of cooks prepare thin-crust New Haven-style pizzas and Sicilian-style pies layered with ricotta cheese. Patrons can choose from toppings such as bacon, clams, or red peppers roasted on-site, or opt for a specialty pie: the Eggplant Rollatine, for example, which combines eggplant, marinara, ham, ricotta, and Parmesan. The cooks also make gluten-free pizzas, pasta dishes, and submarine sandwiches.
Chamard Vineyards spans 20 acres of lush, vine-laden landscape, providing fertile ground for grapes to outgrow their fruity shells during their metamorphosis into palate-pleasing beverages. Local folk maestros take the stage during live-music showcases, laying down a soundtrack for guests as they sip wine such as one of Chamard’s regal chardonnays, culled from grapes growing on nearby shorelines. The cabernet franc provides a naturally rosy blush for snowmen attempting to fit in with humans, and pairs well with a selection of cheese, charcuterie, and pate available for purchase during the performances. While not included with this Groupon, Chamard Vineyards piques curious palates with wine tastings held prior to singer-songwriter performances as well as on other evenings.
Recently named the state’s best family dining restaurant by Connecticut Managzine, Chips’ Pub III fills the bellies of its guests with steaks, seafood, and other homestyle dishes. An impressive list of 15 hand-pressed burgers, each char-broiled over an open hearth, dominates the menu, which also features Chips’ specialties such as the Primo prime rib with housemade horseradish, and platters of scallops, shrimp, and calamari.
Shoreline Times writer Karena Garrity didn’t seem surprised that readers chose Whitfields on Guilford Green’s food as the Best American Cuisine in 2011. She was sold on the eatery’s “imaginative and mouth-watering” menu, which encompasses both surf and turf. But Garrity seemed equally as impressed with the restaurant’s cozy setting. It sits on the first floor of a fully restored Victorian home, complete with a leaded-glass picture window from which guests can peer out onto the Guilford Green.
Ballou’s Wine Bar revolves around three prized delicacies: chocolate, wine, and coffee. From those staples, dozens of indulgent dishes ensue, including chocolate, Nutella, and peanut-butter-chocolate fondues and homemade truffles developed by Debbie, half of the husband-and-wife team that runs Ballou’s. Her chocolate fondue and homemade truffles are so deliciously decadent that they’ve earned the wine bar a spot on the Best of New Haven Reader’s Poll list for best desserts. In addition to rich desserts and froth-capped cups of cappuccino, guests can order wines from local and international vineyards, as well as a wide selection of pastas, sandwiches, and flat breads.