Chef Vinicio Llanos recently became the sole owner of Arezzo Ristorante & Bar, Westport’s charming Italian restaurant and event space situated along the beautiful Saugatuck River. Llanos, along with family members Sergio and Bolivar, have taken their striking Tuscan-style restaurant and added a covered, all-weather sun deck, just steps away from Arezzo’s popular open-air patio and bar. New menu items and a refreshed cocktail and wine list compliment the enhanced space. To top it off, a brand new digital presence completes the restaurant’s relaunch; to view menus, learn about events, catering options, or to make a reservation, visit ArezzoWestport.com.
Truly one of the nicest views of the river and the Post Road Bridge which leads into downtown Westport, Arezzo’s stunning new sun deck, patio, and gardens accommodates up to 150 people. A recent renovation introduced a brick-faced wood-fired oven, in addition to an expansive wine bar dressed in dark wood furnishings with rich brown leather furniture accents. The dining room, which seats 65, is framed in rustic wood beams and stone archways, Tuscan orange stucco walls, and panoramic river views.
The menu features inspired dishes developed throughout Chef Vinicio’s years of experience, many of which utilize the fabulous high-heat and smokiness of the wood-burning oven. New insalata options highlight seasonal ingredients and robust flavors as seen with the organic greens served with chicory and fresh tomato in a red wine vinaigrette, shaved artichokes with parmesan cheese and truffle vinaigrette, and watercress and pears with almonds and gorgonzola cheese. The classic wood-fired pizza selection also includes some newly introduced creations: Pizza Contadina with organic eggs, mushrooms, fontina cheese, truffle oil, and prosciutto di Parma; Four Seasons with basil, artichokes, mushrooms, and prosciutto; and Pizza al Pesto e Gamberetto with pesto and shrimp.
In addition to Arezzo’s signature dishes and customers favorites, Chef Vinicio has added more of his house-made pastas dishes. The Ravioli alla Aragosta, homemade lobster and burrata cheese ravioli with cherry tomato sauce, is sure to please. The updated menu also boasts Orecchettie con Salsiccia e Broccoli, a fresh pasta with hot and sweet Italian sausage and broccoli, and Trofie con Gamberi al Pesto, fresh pasta with shrimp and green beans. Featured entrées include the Melanzane al Forno with roasted eggplant, ricotta di buffalo, parmesan cheese, and tomato sauce, and various carnivorous preparations; veal rib chop, rack of lamb, prime steaks and organic chicken share the stage with wild salmon and market fresh seafood. Must-have desserts include fruit tarts, decadent cakes, brulees, traditional Italian tiramisu, and a variety of gelato flavors including olive oil and pistachio. I think it’s safe to say you’ll leave satisfied.
5 Riverside Avenue, Westport