Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Arezzo Ristorante: Fine Food with a View in Westport CT

Media Sampling

Now that spring is here, as well as warmer weather, I can't wait to share one of the best places to have great food and delicious cocktails with a view --- the Arezzo Ristorante in Westport CT.

The Arezzo Ristorante in Westport CT

Located on River Street in Westport CT, the restaurant is situated on the Saugatuck River, and promises to be a hit for those who want to dine and drink al fresco this summer. Just look at that amazing view!

The Patio overlooking the Saugatuck River

The views are spectacular, as is the food. And service is just as amazing. Everyone from the fabulous bartender to the servers are knowledgeable and full of information about the restaurant history, food, ingredients, and preparation. 

We started our sampling with some cocktails and appetizers at the bar. The restaurant is currently in the process of re-vamping their specialty cocktail menu, but here's some of the items we tried.

The French Kiss Martini, the Cucumber Cocktail, and the Lemon Pop Martini. Although I loved both the martinis I have to admit that the Cucumber Cocktail with the Cracked Black Pepper on top was a refreshing way to start the evening. This will be a great cocktail to sip on on a warm summer evening.

Left: A French Kiss- the  French martini with Proseco
Middle: The Cucumber Cocktail with organic cucumber vodka and St. Germain topped with cracked black pepper
Right: A Lemon Pop Martini made with Purity Vodka and Limoncello and topped with Proseco

We then sampled some of the bar food available. Items were artfully arranged, garnished beautifully, and were all wonderful. My favorites were the shrimp and scallop skewer served with the perfect grilled sear with aromatic herbs, and of course, the lobster arancini.

The Margherita pizza, made with fresh tomatoes and basil, with homemade mozzarella.

The Focaccia Robiola di Arezzo, so delicious and drizzled with an amazing and earthy white truffle oil.

The Lobster Arancini with a saffron aioli and lemon for dipping. Delicious!

Rosemary Marinated Grilled Shrimp and Scallop Skewers

Italian Sausage and Roasted Pepper on Skewers

We then moved on to the dining area for some appetizers, wine and dinner. We started with Cavatelli ai Piselli, a homemade pea ricotta with hot and sweet sausage ragout, Risotto made with fresh porcini mushroom and truffle oil, and Short Rib Tortellini made with a braised au jus sauce.

Front: Cavatelli,   Middle: Risotto,   Back: Tortellini

Each of these dishes were wonderful! The creamy risotto, the flavorful cavatelli, and the the hearty robust tortelli. So, so, good!

For dinner we sampled both by land and by sea with a New Zealand Lamb Chop and a beautiful Halibut. Two things I rarely attempt at home and love to enjoy when I'm dining out. The halibut was excellent with a crispy sear, and the lamb was a perfect medium rare enhanced with the fragrance of  infused rosemary.

Paired with our dinner we enjoyed a hearty red and semi sweet Italian white wine.

White: Vento Vermentino Toscana - a semi sweet Italian white wine
Red: Pasetti Fonte Romano

Pan Seared Halibut
Caponata Puree, Fregola, and Vegetables

Roasted New Zealand Lamp Chop
Spinach, Tomato, and Yukon Gold Potatoes
We ended the evening with not one, not two, but THREE happy endings. Two delicious desserts of panna cotta and nutella pizza and a delightful after dinner dessert martini!

The Double Chocolate Martini
Made with Godiva Chocolate Vodka, Frangelica, Creme de Cacao, and Half & Half
Vanilla Panna Cotta
Fresh Berry Compote
Amazing Nutella Pizza
Topped with Powdered Confectionery Sugar

I cannot say enough good things about all the items we sampled, and surprisingly, although I'm not a a Nutella fan, the Nutella Pizza dessert was so incredibly good. I sampled it only to be polite and ended up going back for more.   And more.   And MORE!  Make sure you order it and any or all of the other delicacies we sampled!

My thanks to the wonderful staff who were all so helpful and informative and to the management and marketing team for hosting this delicious event!

See you on the waterfront at Arezzo in Westport!

Spring, Summer, Winter, or Fall - Great food and wonderful views!

Arezzo Ristorante 
5 Riverside Avenue 
Westport CT 06880 

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Disclaimer: We were invited to this promotional sampling at Arezzo Ristorante by members of  the Arezzo Management and Marketing Team, however, the views and opinions expressed herein are our own.

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