Tag Archives: Restaurants

Where Would You Go?

An “06880” reader has guests coming from out of town. She’d like to take them to dinner — preferably at a place that screams “Westport.”

Rather than offer up my own choices, I’ll crowdsource this one.

Click “Comments” to offer suggestions. Feel free to include various cuisines and categories. Please add solid evidence (“Always uses local produce,” “The fondue is to die for,” whatever).

My friend and her guests thank you.

And for a great dessert…

You Must Remember These

Recent postings about DeRosa’s, Zaffronia and Zest prove that restaurants are born to die.

In Westport, it seems, the mortality is particularly high.

Long-time resident Jeff Strauss has compiled a list of local eateries that have gone to that Great Kitchen in the Sky.  Some are of recent vintage; others are as old as a fine wine.

Some spent years as Westport landmarks; others were here about as long as it takes to nuke popcorn.

All, however, deserve a spot on our list of local trivia.  At one time or other, every Westporter says “What was the name of that restaurant where…?”

Here’s Jeff’s list (augmented by a few of my own).  Click the “comment” link above or below this post to add the many places we’ve forgotten.

  • Clam Box300 Club
  • 540
  • Allen’s Clam House
  • Ann’s Suburban
  • Arrow
  • Arthur Avenue
  • Atticus Cafe
  • Axelrod’s Emporium
  • Beach House
  • Beethoven’s
  • Beefsteak Charlie’s
  • Big Top
  • Bistro
  • Bon Appetit
  • Bonanza Steak Pit
  • Bunyan’s
  • Burger King
  • Cafe Barna
  • Cafe Christada
  • Cafe de la Plage
  • Canterbury
  • CarrolsCarrol’s
  • Chef’s Table
  • Chez Pierre
  • Chubby Lane’s
  • Christo’s
  • Clam Box
  • Clementi’s
  • Compo Acres Luncheonette
  • Compo Inn
  • Connelly’s
  • Crest
  • Crossroads
  • Dairy Queen
  • Damian’s
  • DeRosa’s Firehouse Pizza
  • Elwood Diner
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  • Fat John’s
  • Friendly’s
  • Fuddruckers
  • Galleria
  • Glynn’s
  • Golden House
  • Golden Dragon
  • Henry’s
  • Holly’s
  • Ice Cream Parlor
  • International House of Pancakes
  • Jockey Club
  • John Harvard’s
  • L’Auberge
  • Manero'sLa Bibliotheque
  • La Normandie
  • La Sierra
  • Le Chambord
  • Love and Serve
  • Manero’s
  • Masters Sports Ba
  • Matthew’s
  • Miramar
  • Mongolian Grill
  • Mooring
  • Mr. Sandwich
  • Muriel’s
  • Ocean House
  • Oliver’s
  • Onion Alley
  • Pal Joey
  • Pancho Villa’s
  • Panda Pavilion
  • Pane Vino
  • Pearl’s
  • Peking Inn
  • PeppermillPeppermill
  • Philippe’s Le Chateau
  • Pickle Barrel
  • Player’s Tavern
  • Polo
  • Pompano Grill
  • Pumpernickel Pub
  • Red Galleon
  • River Grill
  • Riverside
  • Rocco’s
  • Roy Rogers
  • S&M Pizza
  • Serendipity
  • Ship’s
  • Ship’s TakeoutPane Vino
  • Sol e Luna
  • Soup’s On
  • Sportsmen Cafe
  • Spyglass
  • Steak and Brew
  • Stefano’s
  • Tacos or What?
  • Tanglewoods
  • The Place for Ribs
  • Three Bears
  • Tin Whistle
  • Town Squire
  • Townley
  • Werner’s
  • West Lake
  • West Tuck
  • Westnor Diner
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  • Ye Olde Bridge Grille
  • Zanghi’s
  • Zaro’s

Pizza Power

Once upon a time, there was  Arcudi’s.

It was not Westport’s first pizza place — that honor goes to Westport Pizzeria, opened 40 years ago and still blissfully unchanged, right down to the paper place mats — but Arcudi’s was among the most loved.

It was home to two institutions: the “square pizza,” which makes sense because pizza boxes are square, and Joe Arcudi, who also made plenty of sense much of the time. Joe had 3 loves: his restaurant (in the free-standing store next to Carvel’s); baseball and softball (he coached and played), and Westport. In fact, he parlayed his Saugatuck roots and local renown into a term as first selectman, from 1993 through 1997. He was not what some people in Westport expected in a chief executive, but the Arcudi family was here a lot longer than you, I or Joe and Mel Mioli, and he always had the town’s best interests at heart.

In the mid-’90s, Joe took his square pizza to Norwalk. During and since that time, a parade of pizza places plowed through town. There are strictly home-grown places like Angelina’s; big chains (Bertucci’s) and small (Planet, John’s Best). There are spots with suitable Italian names (Joe’s, 4 Brothers), and those whose names have nothing to do with pizza (Martha’s? Gimme a break.)

There are names that miss by an inch (Pizza Thyme — a bit too frou-frou, no?) and by a mile (S&M Pizza — you didn’t want to know what those guys were doing in the back). There have been several others, clustered in the Westfair area, all of whose names (except Slice) I forget.

But now — bellisimo! — Arcudi’s is coming back.

Soon, the very same storefront — most recently the site of Chef’s Table, which served great food perhaps a wee bit more health-conscious than pizza — will house Arcudi’s.  Joe will be back in action, no doubt wearing the same apron and dishing up the same great grub. You may not be able to go home again, but you will feast on a square pizza at Arcudi’s in Westport.

Now, if we could work that same magic on Big Top…