On our recent bi-yearly visits to the eastern CT Shore, we have found that high quality artisanal food, comparable to places in Boston, is very hard to come by. With last night's terrific dinner at Liv's, in the center of Old Saybrook, it is easy to see that this French Culinary Institute trained chef/owner really knows his stuff, and the crowds are there to prove it. Aside from a comfortable attractive room and excellent welcoming and professional service, our food highlights included: a wonderful variety of oysters; fried calamari(so sweet) over a lovely lemon vinaigrette salad; tuna sashimi 'pizza'; seafood saffron risotto; pasta with seared scallops, foraged mushrooms,asparagus and carbonara sauce; basil ice cream, and the best maple ice cream we have ever had. After such a great night, we immediately knew this would be a regular spot for us on future visits from Boston. Thank you, CHs, for mentioning this place; you are lucky to have this gem down here!