The Restaurant known as 323 on Main Street in Westport is most definitely hitting it out of the ball park for a good run. Formerly Bogie’s a local sports bar, the space has been transformed into a much more sophisticated and welcoming restaurant.
Sports enthusiasts can pack the bar or eat around the nice high tables surrounding a huge flat screen and order everything from the signature burger, to oysters on a half shell or a full steak dinner.
In the main dining room a Napa Valley import named Chris Vacca is currently revamping the menu to make the food more seasonal, more farm to table oriented, with signature pasta dishes like gnocchi and traditional salads like caprese. You can spend very little on a simple pasta and glass of wine meal or go to town with what will undoubtedly be his sophisticated dishes and a nice wine list to accompany your choices. Either way it’s a win for the restaurant that’s making local customers feel welcome and a young wait staff that couldn’t be more courteous even on a busy Friday night.
Personally, I can’t wait to see what the young chef from California has up his sleeve next.
323 Main St
Westport, CT 06880
And now we head to the Norwalk/Westport border where there is a definitely Roman Invasion going on. The Osteria Romana team has added Romanacci just a few doors down. Graziano Ricci Chef/owner has added a cute pizza/panini cafe where you can take-out pizza, sit and have a salad and even come in in the morning for a breakfast pizza. And who doesn’t like a focaccia with fresh arugula, mozzarella and prosciutto? The place is cute and you can also just stop by for a coffee and a crepe of the day or a nice cannoli.
Now let’s talk about the older sibling, the Osteria Romana – I’m sorry but I love a bargain.
Their Prix-fix Menu at $21.95 always shocks me because the
quality is just so good and and the price so reasonable. Last week I had their Fettuccine Campagnola, (mango Matti salad to start) and the dessert that comes on the prix fix mixed fruit with Zabaglione. For 22 dollars not only was I not disappointed but wound up taking the pasta leftover to my home-bound dad who declared it one of his favorite pastas ever. (I think he thinks I made it so naturally I didn’t correct him – hey I cook).
This restaurant has most certainly been discovered by all the locals and Friday and Saturday reservations can be tricky so call early. They’ve also expanded right into the parking lot for the summer with lots of tables under a white canopy.
Definitely a taste of Rome on the Post Road in Norwalk.
Artisan Pizza 250 Westport Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851 203 956-7103