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Leeanne Griffin

Writer

Leeanne Griffin is a multimedia food and dining reporter for the Hartford Courant, covering openings and closings, events, trends and general news from the Connecticut dining scene. She’s been with The Courant in several capacities since 2006, starting as an online producer for courant.com. She earned a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University, where she first discovered the magic that is New Haven apizza.

Recent Articles

  • Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana To Open In Waterbury

    Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana To Open In Waterbury

    The Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana legacy keeps growing, as the iconic family-owned pizzeria opens its ninth location April 17 at 130 Reidville Drive in Waterbury. The 3,400-square foot space has seating for 90 and offers the same menu of classic coal-fired Neapolitan pizza, salads, beer, wine,...

  • New Haven Restaurant Week Returns For Spring

    New Haven Restaurant Week Returns For Spring

    New Haven Restaurant Week returns for its spring edition April 2 to 7, with two-course prix-fixe lunches and three-course dinners at more than 30 eateries in the city. Participants include 116 Crown, Adriana's, Atelier Florian, Barcelona Wine Bar, Basta Trattoria, Brother Jimmy's BBQ, Caffe Bravo,...

  • West Hartford Hosting Inaugural Wine And Food Festival In June

    West Hartford Hosting Inaugural Wine And Food Festival In June

    The inaugural West Hartford Wine and Food Festival on June 17, a benefit for select town independent schools, will feature a showcase of fine wines and cuisine from area restaurants. The event, to be held on the grounds of Kingswood Oxford School, is presented by Maximum Beverage and JUSTIN Vineyards...

  • After 3 Years' Planning, West Hartford's First Craft Brewery Opens

    After 3 Years' Planning, West Hartford's First Craft Brewery Opens

    New Park Brewing opened to the public March 25 from noon to 10 p.m., becoming the first craft brewery in the town of West Hartford. The 2,500-square foot brewery and taproom at 485 New Park Ave., has been in the works for about three years, says John Doyle, a co-owner along with Alex Dee and Tom...

  • Apricots In Farmington Introduces New Sunday Brunch

    Apricots In Farmington Introduces New Sunday Brunch

    Apricots, 1593 Farmington Ave., Farmington, launches its new Sunday brunch March 12, available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The $19.95 menu includes soup and salad bar and entree selections of eggs Benedict with applewood-smoked bacon or veggie patty, challah French toast, fried egg sandwich with...

  • West Hartford's Besito Celebrates National Margarita Day

    West Hartford's Besito Celebrates National Margarita Day

    What's better than a margarita? Two margaritas, for the price of one. Besito, 46 S. Main St., West Hartford, celebrates National Margarita Day Feb. 22 with two-for-one Besito Patron (Patrón Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, pomegranate and tangerine juices, fresh lime) and La Casa (house frozen, pomegranate...

  • Hog River Hosts Beer Dinner With Brasato Italian Street Cuisine

    Hog River Hosts Beer Dinner With Brasato Italian Street Cuisine

    Hog River Brewing Company, 1429 Park St., Hartford, hosts a beer dinner with Brasato Italian Street Cuisine in its taproom Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes passed appetizers, root vegetable minestrone, burrata with prosciutto, roasted beets and sage and hop pesto; braised beef short rib,...

  • Craft Sippin' Returns To New Britain Museum of American Art

    Craft Sippin' Returns To New Britain Museum of American Art

    New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, hosts its 4th annual Craft Sippin’ beer festival Feb. 17 at 6 p.m., with tastings and live music. Participating breweries include Brooklyn Brewery, Goose Island/Golden Road/Elysian/Blue Point, Long Trail/Otter Creek, Relic, Lagunitas,...

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