For a half century, the Fascia family tree has been made of solid chocolate. John and Helen Fascia first began making the treats in 1964, with their three daughters helping out in the family's kitchen. Eventually, the business grew out of the house and today the Fascia's chocolates can be found throughout Connecticut and at their central Waterbury factory. The family still leads the team and continues to make small batches of hand-crafted chocolates as well as other treats?including authentic gelato made on-site.
Cuisine Type: Italian fusion and a pastry shop
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Grinders, paninis, and hot dinners
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: to avoid the line, you may call ahead with an order
When Avventura first opened in 1969, it was a serviceable, all-purpose neighborhood grocery. But the owners decided to concentrate on housemade food and pastries, and it's now what the New York Times calls a "first-rate delicatessen and pastry shop."
Its menu of Old World Italian and American fusion food satisfies discerning palates with paninis topped with imported prosciutto and mozzarella, hot and cold grinders, sauce-smothered pastas, and chicken entrees. Other housemade options include stuffed breads and pastries, which are made onsite daily. Even its salad bar comes chock full of house-made toppings, including the popular marinated chickpeas.
With its aristocratic origins?it was a custom started by an English duchess?afternoon tea has a bit of a reputation for being stuffy. Tea with Tracy hopes to change that notion.
Though it's located in the historic antique district of Seymour, Tea with Tracy is not quite like some of its neighbors. Instead, it welcomes patrons to plop down on its comfy furniture and sip a hot cuppa while inhaling the aromas of fresh scones. The Connecticut Post said, "it is so comfortable, it feels like home."
Plus, a tea menu with more than 180 options includes such unconventional sips as blueberry-crumb-cake black tea and bubblegum herbal tea, as well as classic teas, including sencha, one of the most popular green teas in Japan. Patrons sip these brews and nibble on finger foods, such as scones slathered with jam and savory tea sandwiches.
Tea with Tracy also hosts bridal showers and parties, in addition to afternoon teas, and it equips guests with everything they need for at-home tea brewing, even tea-pot jewelry.
The soaring tunes of weekly live musicians and the enticing scents of café fare mingle midair before drifting across the comfy couches and photography speckling Doug's Hideaway Café. The menu offers a who's who of italian meats tucked below a blanket of veggies, oil, and vinegar with the hoagie-roll-wrapped Italian Stallion ($6.99), and the healthful Hideaway wrap's mix of turkey, dried cranberries, and candied walnuts packs fewer calories and more taste than an astronaut’s entire freeze-dried Thanksgiving dinner. Daily rotating soups ($2.79 for a small, $3.59 for a large) accompany made-to-order sandwiches ($5.99) and leafy salads ($3.59–$6.99) with steamy, aromatic draughts.