| Feb 28, 2012
| 11:10 AM
Valentino's Cucina Italiana, located in a strip mall across the bridge from the hubbub of Washington Street in Sono, is at first glance nothing to write home about. But step inside the cozy, intimate dining room and all your doubts disappear. From...
| Mar 6, 2012
| 2:25 PM
There's this unfortunate (and hilarious) thing that happens on cooking shows, where the hosts say things like "oh, it's like an explosion in my mouth!", or they make ridiculous, exaggerated moaning sounds to indicate just how delicious the food they're...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 7:05 AM
Sono Caffeine has been around for years. It's the place I did my homework during high school and it's where I took my out of town college friends when they visited. It's comfortable, has great coffee and pastries, and their chocolate caramel cake is...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 12:29 PM
1) Bin 228 Panini & Wine Bar
When you can offer a wine lover 40 different varieties by the glass, all from Italy, and specials each month featuring classy vintages from different countries around the world, it’s easy to see why Bin 228 manages to...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 2:20 PM
1) Bricco Trattoria
Opened just a couple of year’s back, Billy Grant’s latest addition to his prize-winning restaurant group has a casual atmosphere but a fierce commitment to Grant’s motto of “Less is more. Simple, natural food.&...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 10:04 AM
1) Costa del Sol Restaurant
Chef Javier Feijoo believes that, if you eat at Costa Del Sol often enough, you’ll eventually taste all of Spain. “Even though we do have dishes that represent different regions of Spain, we also try to be as non-...
| Sep 8, 2011
Immediately after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, people throughout the country started showing their patriotism more overtly than ever. The most common tribute was flying American flags, but some people went beyond that, painting flags on...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 11:56 AM
The falafel comes out fresh every day, topped with a rich, creamy tahini sauce. Manager Dominique Ortiz says that isn’t the only classic Mediterranean fare at the Tapas locations in Bloomfield and West Hartford. There’s also garlic...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 12:21 PM
1) Max Downtown
With a wait staff of 25 servers, the majority of whom have been with the restaurant for half a decade, Max Downtown remains at the top of the service ladder. “We want our service to be refined and perfect,” says owner Steven...
| Apr 18, 2008
A hint of warm weather and suddenly we've got a calendar of outdoor entertaining — dinners on the deck, parties on the patio, cookouts in the yard. But all those alfresco activities can add mountains of disposable dinnerware and party goods to the...
| Nov 9, 2009
| 2:01 PM
About a million Maclaren strollers sold by Target and Babies "R" Us were recalled Monday, after 12 reports of children having their fingertips amputated by a hinge mechanism.
The recall includes all nine models of single and double umbrella Maclaren...