A recap of recent dining reviews

Vincitori Apizza

294 Main St., Niantic

(860) 739-3136, vincitoriapizza.com

Since I filed my review a few weeks ago, I'm finding more and more fans of Vincitori Apizza in Niantic. This is not surprising, as it's arguably the best pizza shop on the east side of the Connecticut River. The menu is mainly pizza, which means, to me, that the staff isn't messing around.

If you pretty much solely serve pizza, it had better be something special. Not a problem for the Vincitori team. From perfectly rendered crusts in blazing hot brick ovens to creative and quality toppings applied in ways that maximize their flavor (try the arugula ASAP), the difference is in the details at Vincitori.

However, we must also recommend the Chopped Salad ($8 for a small) as a perfect starter to your pizza feast. Plus, you couldn't ask for nicer folks as servers and staff. Factor in the great location on Main Street, and you've got a great spot for an evening out.

—Marisa Nadolny


Mia's Café

1 West Broad St., Pawcatuck, CT

(860) 599-3840, miaspt.com

If you want to get an idea of what the food is like at Mia's Café, check out their Facebook page where almost every day they post a photograph of something that's on the menu.

Everything always looks so delicious. Last week they shared photos of their Chicken Carbonara, their Keto-friendly Quinoa Bowl, and the Avocado Toast that came with poached eggs, bacon and tomatoes.

Mia's serves breakfast all day as well as lunch and dinner, and is a popular stop for locals and passersby. The restaurant boasts that its eggs are real (I guess I hadn't thought that they may not be) and that its cornbread, muffins and scones are house-made.

We have visited for breakfast numerous times and have never left hungry or unhappy. And we've been for lunch and were just as satisfied with the burger, sandwiches and fajitas.

Mia's sits over the Pawcatuck River where Connecticut meets Rhode Island and is a great stop for folks with business in either Pawcatuck or Westerly or those heading to Watch Hill or Misquamicut.

If parking on the street is in short supply, there's a free lot at the end of nearby Coggswell Street.

— Ann Baldelli


RD86 Space

86 Golden St., New London

(860) 574-9335

Located in the building that long-housed the historic El 'n' Gee rock club, RD86 Space is a triumphant restaurant both assured and creative in its cuisine and visionary in its approach. The menus changes weekly — ditto for the Saturday and Sunday brunches — and the entire staff is a-flurry in a variety of overlapping tasks with happy purpose.

We tried five different meals over two visits and everything we ate was really excellent. If my wife Eileen — a vegetarian — could do it, she'd eat the RD86 Smoked Apple Sage-Smoked Vegan Sausage ($15) brunch entree several times a day. She's STILL talking about it and is consistent in her proclamation it's "one of the best breakfasts" she's ever had. The beautifully flavored faux sausage was accompanied by deftly poached eggs, lightly crisped and seasoned home fries, and a warm kale salad that in and of itself might be responsible for this whole "kale craze" thing going on.

And while both my entrees were terrific, I can't forget the Cast Iron Apple Pie with Salted Caramel ($8, $10 with house-crafted vanilla bean ice cream). In fact, I ate a slab with Wednesday's dinner and another one after Sunday's breakfast visit. Every sainted grandmother who ever baked any pie is nodding in heaven over this creation, and while for some reason the word "cinnamon" is missing from the titular description, it also plays a big component. Magnificent!

— Rick Koster 





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