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.
Great American cuisine with some twists and classics. Excellent atmosphere for a dinner with your significant other or friends. Family friendly as well, especially on weekend days or early evenings when there is a chance to see the planes taking off and landing.
Sunlight filters through white lace curtains into Tea with Tracy's tearoom, casting delicate shadows across wooden tables, straight-backed dining chairs, and three-tiered serving plates stocked with sandwiches and sweets. This Victorian elegance befits Tracy's location in the center of Seymour's historic antiques district, and a menu that steeps more than 100 different flavors of tea, including English breakfast, white peach, and hot cinnamon spice from Harney & Sons Fine Teas.
To accompany whistling kettles, cooks also bake sweets such as scones, banana bread, and Swedish brownies, or fill crust-less tea sandwiches with curried egg salad, English cucumbers, and mint-infused cream cheese. In addition to its refined finger foods, the shop also prepares visitors to host their own gatherings by selling elegant china alongside tins of aromatic tea.
Stone River Grille's rustic décor and all-American fare honors the building's historic roots as a 19th century general store. In keeping with its past, the establishment delivers goods that locals crave, including fire-grilled filet mignon, lobster scampi, and word-of-mouth news about the latest blacksmithing techniques. Of the avocado chicken bruschetta, M.B. Tuccio of the Connecticut Post said, "The plate was so colorful…. its flavor matched its looks; the avocado didn't overpower the rest of the dish, but kept the tongue interested."
During warm months, guests sit on a deck overlooking the Pootatuck River enjoying Sunday brunch or fresh fruit margaritas. The restaurant occasionally hosts dinner-theater events to enliven Newton's cultural scene and develop actors' abilities to project their voices louder than their growling stomachs.
Ladybug Cake & Candy Supply, LLC's shelves are piled high with all manner of colorful supplies for baking, adorning, and displaying sweets. Customers can snag hard-to-find provisions such as flavored sea salts, cupcake stands, Guittard chocolate, and edible images to create homemade masterpieces, or enlist the store’s helpful staff members to host kids’ birthday parties where guests can decorate their own cupcakes or cookies. During regular classes, the shop's sugar artisans tutor students in everything from making hard candies to advanced cake-decorating skills, such as creating flowers, adding borders, and disguising mistakes with well-placed action figures.:m]]
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.