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Published at brookfiepatch.com-Reviewing what’s amusing
By Donna Christopher
Standard in Long Island bakeries are those tempting billowy, powdered sugar coated concoctions always oozing with filling, the New York jelly donut you will simply never pass up once initiated.
I saw them closer to home Friday morning at Panificio Navona in Bethel.
The impossibly tempting dough puff was enjoyed by a friend along with a pumpkin latte, while I treated myself there to a blueberry lemon scone between sips of a standard latte with skim milk foam.
Located in Francis J. Clarke Industrial Park, home to 60 or so businesses and nestled in the Terre Haute property along Route 53, stopping here after a drive through West Redding made me feel like I was on a country vacation. Easily I can see how I’d twitter a way a morning there and plan to return.
Juxtaposed inside an ordinary, sterile looking building is a lofty space that also houses the commercial studio of photographer Frank Navone who owns the bakery. He’s made it homey and inviting elevating this coffee shop/bakery into something particularly outstanding.
There’s an imaginative array of appealing historic and other kinds of artwork and furnishings, flags and bicycles – the owner I was told likes biking – among decorative objects.
But what draws your attention, of course, is the sweetly spiced aroma of fresh pastries and seeing the expanse bakery counter with its bounty of breads and pastries, from chocolate, ham and cheese and cinnamon swirl croissants, to biscotti and scones, iced cookies and other sweets.
There are also breakfast options that include egg sandwiches and a Southwestern egg wrap and on Friday and Sunday- hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.- you can have lunch with choices as artisan pizza, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, focaccia and soup, among others.
Panificio Navona well earns your patronage and any outing in the Danbury region would be rewarded with a drive here. It is also open Tuesday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon.
For more information, call 203 730 8620.
By Donna Christopher
Imagine a velvety light cream sauce with flecks of prosciutto coating every thin strand of capellini. The pasta I had at John & Tony’s, 1097 First Avenue in New York City Thursday was that good and consistent one scrumptious bite after another.
It is among an array of classic Italian food you’ll find at this corner restaurant located on the north side of the 59th Street Bridge. I first noticed it that morning on an uptown walk along First Avenue and planned ahead to go for dinner.
Fortunately, my date agreed so we went around 7 o’clock and shared the pasta, a second entrée, the chicken Francese, and these observations.
We were pleasantly surprised to find out this is much more than a pizzeria. There is a cozy dining room with checkered linens on square tables, ladder back chairs, windows outlined with twinkling white lights and a fireplace.
The setting evokes “Sunday dinner” and reminds me of an expanded kitchen or finished basement in somebody’s house.
Not trendsetting or trying too hard, this Italian place has moderately priced dishes – the angel hair in cream, egg and prosciutto sauce, for instance, is $13.95, a break on the Upper East side.
You can settle in here and stay for lengthy meal, or finish within an hour like we wound up doing.
I took notes and my time selecting an entrée, we shared a beer, and decided on the chicken, a delightful trio of thinly filleted breast coated in egg and served in a delicate buttery, wine sauce with hints of parsley, lemon and garlic, no assault of flavor.
The dish is among a handful or so ways to enjoy poultry, and the restaurant serves plenty of seafood, pasta dishes, pizza and has a full wine menu. Everything can be enjoyed on the premises, taken out or delivered.
Our server, a middle aged gentleman, perhaps an owner or a chef, I didn’t ask, went about his business of bringing steaming entrees to tables confidently, expediently, and like he’s done it for decades. He was sincere, accommodating and friendly in a natural way, not pretentious, a serving style that seemed authentic and made us feel like guests and not patrons.
Among gestures I liked is when he gave me a small container of grated cheese rather than stand over our dishes and shave from a hunk of Parmesan like some waiters do.
The aroma of garlic from the pizza area added warmth on the cool night. The chicken is special and I would order it again.
But it’s the carbonara that will draw me back to John & Tony’s.
For more information, call 212-371-4965
I stopped in Saturday for a toasted bagel at Lucky’s on 34th Street in Manhattan then continued on my walk down First Avenue in the drizzling rain.
It reminded me of this then unfinished post on a similarly styled mid-century themed luncheonette in Ridgefield, Conn., where I had breakfast with a friend about two weeks ago.
I previously wrote a review about Eats on Main http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Eats-On-Main-feels-like-a-mid-century-luncheonette-4013417.phpE in which I talked of friendly staff and a positive experience. Nothing’s change.
Our breakfast came quickly following a pair of lattes delivered by a soft-spoken girl who never rushed us or asked if we wanted the check.
Located in the CVS plaza, Eats appears like the kind of establishment my child self imagined from old movies where “working” people in classy clothes would meet on long coffee breaks. Although nostalgic, the space is new. The storefront, a kids’ clothing store for many years, has been renovated by its current occupants who are tenants.
We took a corner table by a sunny window. I faced inward and took iPhone notes about the pastel colors, long countertop overlooking the outside, and chefs —two of them — interacting in a mostly visible grill/kitchen area and responding to my long glances with nods and smiles.
My friend’s breakfast burrito was a sublime concoction of three eggs, bacon, peppers, cheddar and had fresh salsa ($6.99).
My chicken Caesar wrap was substantial, with chunks of tender chicken, and bacon, cheddar and vegetables plus fries.
On other occasions I’ve stopped in at Eats and taken out a corn muffin with butter that is heated on the griddle and so delicious I’ve actually dreamed about it.
Other options here include chicken and steak burritos pancakes, Belgian waffle with fresh fruit and cream ($9.99) – the prices come from Eats website http://eatsonmain.com/eats-on-main-ridgefield-ct-menu/ and I only mention them because they’re competitive and teenager and family-friendly, compared to other options in the area. Kids can eat well here for $5.99 with a variety of options. And as I reported before, Eats serves beverages in large plastic covered takeout containers with straws –Moms take notice.
For lunch and dinner there are hamburger sliders, tacos, chicken and pulled pork quesadillas, roasted chicken and grilled salmon.
Framed art for sale-The Beatles currently- is displayed on the walls in the restaurant located at 449 Main Street.
For more information, call 203-894-8888.
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