It’s the capital of Connecticut and it’s known as the insurance capital of the world. However, Hartford also serves up a mean dish of food. Here, you can find everything to satisfy your appetite from your standard pizza to European cuisine. So where should you start? We made things easier for you by creating a menu of Hartford’s best.
Tie a napkin around your neck and get ready to dig in!
Peppercorn’s Grill (357 Main Street)
It’s rated “Best Italian” in Hartford and it certainly lives up to that claim, serving up contemporary Italian cuisine and homemade bread, pastas and desserts. This place is the real deal. Its owners, the Cialfi siblings Dino and Sal, were trained in the art of Italian food at their uncle’s restaurant in Rome. Try the Swordfish Carpaccio, Grilled Veal with Truffle or Porcini Glaze and Cacciucco (a Tuscan seafood stew). With their large variety of wines, you’re sure to find the perfect one to complement your meal. For more information, call (860) 547-1714 or visit www.peppercornsgrill.com.
Harry’s Pizza (1003 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford Center)
Perfect pizza and comfy booths – what more could you ask for? Harry’s specializes in thin crust, Naples style, gourmet Italian pizza. Whether you want a good ol’ pepperoni pie, the West Hartford Center (basil, ricotta, artichokes, sundried tomatoes and light fresh garlic) or the Fajita (a white pie with marinated chicken, peppers, chopped plum tomatoes, onions and cilantro), you’ll always find the freshest ingredients. They also serve up breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and there are fresh salads always on the menu. For more information, call (860) 231-7166 or visit www.harryspizza.net.
Black-Eyed Sally’s Barbeque and Blues (350 Asylum Street)
If you love Southern or Cajun cuisine, this is the place for you! Crowd favorites include catfish fingers, crab cakes and Jambalaya. There are also plenty of sandwiches like pulled pork, po’ boys and beef brisket burritos. Don’t forget an old-fashioned side such as coleslaw, rice, beans, black-eyed peas or cornbread. FYI: The meats at Sally’s are cooked for up to 12 hours, allowing the hickory and applewood flavoring to soak in. Whatever your order, it will be a flavor explosion. Plus, there’s live music to keep you entertained! For more information, call (860) 278-7427 or visit www.blackeyedsallys.com.
Tapas (1150 New Britain Avenue)
Looking for Greek, Israeli, Spanish, French and Middle Eastern cuisine in Connecticut? Tapas is the place, featuring dishes made of exotic spices, marinated meats and the freshest ingredients (no freezers here!). Favorite dishes are the house Mediterranean salad and the Chicken Mykonos. Other standouts include grilled lamb patties, the veggie burrito and the Tapas Ultimate Gyro. If you’re not looking for something Greek, there are plenty of Western dishes on the menu. An extra perk? The meals are healthy portions and are low in fat! For more information, call (860) 521-4609 or visit www.tapasonline.com.
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