An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Oct 8, 2013
04:14 AMThe Connecticut Table
It's Restaurant Week in Milford, a Debut With Lots of Tasty Energy
Arnold Gold/New Haven Register
Bin 100 Restaurant head chef Antonio Calderon cooks something in the kitchen.
Italian, seafood, Tex-Mex, Mediterranean, homemade cannoli, Asian, sesame salmon ... meatloaf!
There are so many great choices, and only seven days in the city’s first Restaurant Week, Priscilla Lynn, executive director of the Downtown Milford Business Association, said.
The event, which started Monday and runs through Oct. 13, is a collaboration of the DMBA, the Chamber of Commerce and its Restaurant Council.
A total of 25 eateries are serving special three-course prix fixe menus during “Ciao Milford.”
Many meals will be $12.13 a person for lunch and $20.13 a person for dinner.
Participating eateries stretch out from downtown into Woodmont, and dot the Boston Post Road, Bridgeport Avenue, Lansdale Avenue and Naugatuck Avenue.
There’s even one in Orange.
“These are things that we like to cook and that we’ve had fun with over the years,” said Scribner Bliss, who founded Scribner’s in Woodmont 40 years ago.
The goal is to give diners an opportunity to go to many restaurants and sample food — appetizer to dessert — “at a price point that fits people’s already tight budgets,” Heather Profetto, chef-owner of Rainbow Gardens, said.
It also gives guests a chance to check out the diversity the city has to offer, Giovianni Armellino, owner of Armellino’s Restaurant, said.
There’s “a good cross-section of all restaurants in Milford,” said Chris Saley, an owner of Bridge House.
For menus, go to Milfordrestaurantweek.com.
Offerings include signature dishes, as well as new items “that people are going to be excited about,” said Citrus chef Ole Knudsen.
For example, taken off the regular menu at Joey C’s Roadhouse BBQ & Tex-Mex, are the house-smoked pulled pork, beef brisket and smoked turkey.
“These are huge items,” owner Joey Catalano said.
Bin 100 Restaurant managing owner Elena Fusco, whose menu has a Mediterranean focus, will be serving such favorites as pork osso bucco over risotto, and shrimp and scallop dish in a lobster sauce.
At the casual Bridge House, the meatloaf is a customer favorite.
Co-owner Chris Saley is so confident of its popularity, he has a standing offer to pay the bill if the customer doesn’t like it, he said.
“And you know what? I’ve never paid for a meatloaf yet,” Saley said.