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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.

Vegetarians

Appetizers

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

Entrees

  • 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.

Sides:

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

Tarantino, across from the train station.

Fish Lovers

Appetizers

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

Entrees

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)

Carnivores

Appetizers

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

Entrees

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

Long May She Wave

I sure screwed up yesterday’s post about a “missing” AED. (It wasn’t stolen from Winslow Park at all – it had never been installed. I also misidentified the donor — it’s the Gudis Family Foundation and Norwalk Hospital, not the Adam Greenlee Foundation. Click here to see how many times I could be wrong in one post.)

This one is on the money.

A year ago, Tarantino owner John Paul Marchetti installed an American flag outside his Railroad Place restaurant.

He’s a proud Marine Corps Reserves veteran — he served in Iraq — and was honored to fly it 24/7.

Tarantino flag

Yesterday, he and his brothers — co-owners of the popular Saugatuck spot — noticed the flag was gone.

Marchetti was angry. “This country gave my immigrant parents everything,” he said. “The flag is a symbol of freedom. Someone stole that symbol.”

I told Marchetti I would post the story on “06880.” We’d ask the thief to return the flag, no questions asked.

Meanwhile, Marchetti posted a photo on social media.

Westport Hardware Store owner Richie Velez saw it. He promised to bring a replacement over, as soon as he got off work.

So, if you’re the flag thief, do the right thing. Hand it off to someone who can fly it as proudly as Marchetti, and cares as much as Velez.

(Hat tip: Johnny Carrier)