Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Taste patriotic flavor with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of South American bistro fare at The Olive Market in Redding.
The Olive Market’s café and tapas menus delight diners with recipes imported from the southern hemisphere's resident America. Banish hunger pangs to Bogotá by embracing the chivito, a traditional Uruguayan sandwich, in which slices of focaccia close in on chicken or steak, a fried egg, ham, bacon, and provolone ($12). The Rabbit panini al horno paints tongues in shades of grilled eggplant, asparagus, peppers, onions, and fresh mozzarella, and comes, like all struggling artists, with a side of frites ($10). Tapas courses ($25–$30/person), such as garlic-and-lime shrimp saffron rice, grilled orange-and-rosemary lamb chops, and sweet churros with dulce de leche, arrive on plates ready to pose for still-life painters. A three-course menu, consisting of an appetizer, a selection of small-plate entrees, and a dessert, sates patrons Thursday through Saturday evenings.
Flaxen walls, bursts of flowers, colorful artwork, and clustered tables infuse The Olive Market with a lively, vibrant aura, akin to a fluorescently tagged aerobics instructor. The bistro also doubles as a purveyor of cheeses, wines, and its namesake olive oils, helping customers re-create their own bistro experience at any vacationing neighbor's home.
19 Main Street
Redding, Connecticut 06896