Ate at Scena the other night. Enjoyable addition to town. Food was very good, though portions were a bit on the sparse side. Had the seafood chowder (don't remember the name used, but it was a shellfish dish in a tomato based broth with risotto (a few grains of risotto, anyway...I had more lobster than rice in the bowl). Service was very friendly, but not the most responsive...had to go with multiple requests to get items like bread, mixed up drink orders and one entree (although to be fair, the entree was a special request). The pizzas sound good, and are cooked in a wood-burning oven, so will have to go back and try them. Off to a good start.
A bit of buzz around town about a certain red headed, orange croc-ed Falstaffian chef looking at space in town, in maybe the brick building on the corner of the Post Road, opposite the train station, by the trestle. Also, by the looks of it, significant construction going on out back. Who knows....but hearing it from a number of sources. Personally, i find it hard to believe Darien would be a viable destination, given the scale of most of the other restaurants in the portfolio, but who knows... stay tuned.
Also, and this is confirmed, but I can't reveal who just yet, a certain locally appreciated (and hound appreciated as well) small restaurateur is looking to open up a larger place in Darien, shutting down their current operation in another nearby city. Partially dependent on a vacancy opening up in a location in town, which a certain national operator currently has, but might want to get out of if the lease can be broken. It can be, if all the pieces fall into place.
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