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The chefs at O'Hana Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar expertly roll dozens of sushi specialties and sizzle meat-centric Japanese entrees atop a hibachi grill. Snag a seat at the bar to watch chefs chop, slice, and wrap the popular Snow Crab Heaven roll, a blend of cream cheese, snow crab, and avocado topped with spicy mayo ($11.95), and other specialty rolls on the menu. Bite into the Hottie Susan’s molten core of spicy tuna, cucumber, and salmon ($12.95), or let daring chopsticks challenge the Dragon ($9.95), a California roll packed with eel and a deep-seated grudge against questing knights. Alternately, chefs can flip fiery portions of steak, chicken, shrimp, or scallops on a traditional Japanese grill to yield four types of hibachi dinners ($12.99–$17.99 each) flanked by onion soup, a house salad, grilled vegetables, and rice. Kid-friendly options, including pint-sized portions of teriyaki chicken ($8.99) and steak ($9.99), keep young mouths busy so they don’t shout out parents’ computer passwords in the middle of dinner.

874 Lakewood Road
Waterbury,
CT
US

Cuisine Type: New American, Italian, seafood, steaks

Most popular offering: Pasta dishes, chicken and veal dishes

Reservations: Recommended

Kid-friendly: Yes

Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only

Alcohol: Full bar

Number of Tables: 25?50

Outdoor Seating: No

Established: 2007

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Variety serves as the cornerstone of Juniper's Restaurant, where the chef-owners Phil and Jim sizzle steaks and saut? seafood to their customers' personal preferences. In accomplishing this, they send chicken and veal from the kitchen in francaise, picatta, saltimbocca, parmigiana, and marsala forms, among others. Fried seafood platters, scallop scampi, and seven signature pasta dishes join the roster, though Phil and Jim aren't afraid to show even more versatility. "We have something for everyone, and if you don't see it, don't be afraid to ask," they say. "We are here to make you happy."

And this notion of versatility extends to the three dining rooms as well. While semicircled turquoise booths stay rooted against the walls, other white-clothed tables can fill the space to create an intimate atmosphere amid warm lighting from wall sconces. Elsewhere, they are pushed back to strategically line a wooden dance floor that facilitates steps, dips, and turns on Friday and Saturday, when featured performers provide live entertainment.

1383 Whittemore Rd
Middlebury,
CT
US

Cuisine Type: Italian fusion and a pastry shop

Established: 1969

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 11?25

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular offering: Grinders, paninis, and hot dinners

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: BYOB

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.

72 America St.
Waterbury,
CT
US

Cuisine Type: Pizza and Italian Food

Established: 2014

Reservations: Optional

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 5?10

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular offering: Pizza

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: BYOB

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Pro Tip: If you're looking for authentic Neapolitan-style, brick-oven pizza Napoletana Pizzeria has it.

Q&A with the Owner

What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?

We love pizza?which is why we've been making it for more 25 years.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

Our menu consists of our authentic Neopolitan-style pizzas, which are our most popular items on the menu. We also serve salads, Italian dinners, appetizers, calzones, and grinders.

395 Davis St.
Oakville,
CT
US

The chefs and wine experts of 1249 Wine Bar teamed up to present a modern take on the age-old European concept of gathering around a table of good food and drinking great wine. The result was a bistro-style dinner menu that catalogs such upscale cuisine as duck confit and seared, tuna-grade yellowfin tuna. The wine list allows visitors to swill a taste of many varietals before ordering a glass, bottle, or vineyard. Large windows surround the dark, wooden dining room, and an ample outdoor patio offers diners the option of eating al-fresco during warmer months.

1249 W Main St
Waterbury,
CT
US