Menu Moments: What To Eat At Tarantino

With Mario’s gone, Tarantino is the train station’s go-to restaurant. It’s worthy of its Saugatuck location: They grow their own olives in Italy, to bottle their own oil. (But this is 2020. They also offer gluten-free and whole wheat pasta.)

Here are some healthy dining picks at the Railroad Place favorite, from Westport-based nutritionist Heather Bauer.



  • Di barbabietola (beet/goat cheese salad)
  • Tricolore salad


  • Caprese di bufala (buffalo mozzarella and tomato)
  • Grilled eggplant parmesan (not breaded). NOTE: This is not on the menu, but they will make it upon special request.


  • Add broccoli rabe, wild mushrooms or spinach with either entree

Tarantino, across from the train station.

Fish Lovers


  • Di barbabietola (beet/goat cheese salad)
  • Tricolore salad


Note: If you are sharing a few appetizers and want a lighter dinner, consider choosing a second appetizer for dinner with a side vegetable.

  • Grilled calamari
  • Octopus carpaccio with arugula
  • Tuna tartare
  • Plain grilled salmon with your choice of veggies on the side
  • Swordfish (ask for sauce on the side)
  • Zuppa Di Aragosta (the mussels take time to get through, but they’re worth it)



  • Caesar salad (no croutons; ask for dressing on the side)
  • Tricolore salad
  • Caprese


  • Beef carpaccio plus 1-2 shared side veggies
  • Pollo Margherita (request without brandy cream sauce)
  • Veal Milanese (ask for this grilled, not breaded)

6 responses to “Menu Moments: What To Eat At Tarantino

  1. Chip Stephens

    Go for the Veal Parm Best in the East maybe anywhere Veal on the rib, and yes breaded yes cheese yes red meat. It is awesome and worth ignoring the healthy, non gluten, low salt, non fat suggestions for one night.
    Sorry to the author, but fuggataboutit go for the Veal Parm

  2. Irene Mastriacovo

    Agree — excellent food … and the service is spot on. 1st time visit and was treated like a long time regular. Buon Appetito!

  3. Their Pasta Carbonara is fantastic! Probably a cholesterol overload, but you can make up for it by eating carrots all week.

  4. Let us not forget Harvest, next door…the best kept culinary secret in town.

    • I truly don’t want to disparage the efforts by the author of this series of articles but if you are going out to eat at the various restaurants that have been written about, why not simply enjoy the menu items as they exist and just utilize portion control instead?
      ENJOY, and then take leftovers home…….. or just stay
      home to eat in the first place if you really feel the need to tinker with these menus as they exist.

      As to the “Harvest” comment above, I wouldn’t be surprised if that restaurant ends up on D.
      Woog’s list of Westport closures.

      • Anyone who samples Harvest’s salmon or their crispy artichoke salad would be most distressed if they closed.