The last weeks of summer are upon us, and it’s time to crack down on those summer bucket list adventures. Here are four spots in Southern Connecticut that should be visited before the summer comes to an end.
Olives and Oil, Seymour
This place has been on my list for a while and it did not disappoint. If you want a little taste of everything, have everyone in your party order off the Prix Fixe menu. On this menu you are able to choose a salad, appetizer, and entree for $22. Add a glass of wine to the mix for an additional $3. This dinner special is offered Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM and Sunday 3:00 PM - close.
The arancini ball is life changing. Real tears were shed in the tasting of the vodka sauce. It’s crispy outside beautifully contrasts the gooeyness of the inside and is like a warm hug in your stomach when mixed together with the vodka sauce. The Cacio E’ Pepe, Rigatoni a la Vodka and Chicken Parm were also delicious options. The portions are generous for each course that there is plenty to share with everyone else in your party. We went home stuffed and still ate the leftovers for a couple days afterward.
GG’s Wood Fire Pizza, Milford
When it comes to crispy and delicious specialty pizzas, GG’s is the place to try. For a while now, my go-to topping is ricotta -- the cheesier the better. When I saw the Vodka Pizza description at GG’s, I knew that’s what I needed to get. The Vodka Pizza is smothered in vodka sauce, a three cheese blend, ricotta, pancetta and basil. If you’ve never had vodka sauce on a pizza, this is you sign to try it.
We also ordered three other pies, the Margherita, the Eggplant Bianca -- a white pie with pesto, eggplant, ricotta, fontina, and fresh mozzarella, and the Prosciutto -- 24 month aged prosciutto, fire roasted tomatoes, a three cheese blend and topped with an arugula salad. At GG’s you can also create your own custom pie as well as order appetizers and pasta dishes.
Eggs and Co., Newtown
We always pass this spot on the way to New York and have been wanting to try it for some time now. The Greek Avocado Egg Sandwich sounded so different from a traditional bacon, egg and cheese that I had to try it. The Greek consisted of avocado, egg, feta, cooked spinach and kalamata olives. I love Greek food but was interested to see how those kinds of flavors would go with the egg.
It definitely ranks in one of the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve ever had. These flavors all on a toasted sesame seed bagel blended so well together that I considered ordering another one when I was finished. Eggs and Co. also offers delicious cafe and coffee style beverages including a Frozen Hot Chocolate that I definitely recommend.
Firehouse Deli, Fairfield
Fairfield is such a great place for a day trip. In this area you will find so many cute shops to try, a gazebo and seating to enjoy the day, quick bites, ice cream shops, restaurants and more. According to its Instagram, Firehouse Deli was, “Established in 1969 as ‘The Original Firehouse’ but to most of Fairfield County we are known as ‘The Best Deli and Salad Bar!’” Firehouse Deli offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, paninis and more. There are tables available right outside of the deli and down this cute alleyway to the right of the building. It’s definitely a local favorite, we sat outside as so many people came in and out of the big red door.
Portions are on the smaller side, but the food is very tasty. I ordered the Fairfield U Chicken Panini, which had grilled chicken, avocado, bacon, pepper jack and chipotle mayo. Inside the deli, you can help yourself to as many pickles as you want. On the counter sits a giant pot of sliced pickles with tongs and little cups to put them in. That part was most certainly a plus in my book.
Lindsay Pytel “Lunch with Linds” is an avid foodie from Meriden featuring the best eats in the Connecticut and New York area on Instagram here and Facebook.