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Moving to Hartford CT

ml77 | Oct 22, 201706:55 PM

Hello New England Chowhounders,

My family (me, wife, and 2.5 yo boy) is moving to West Hartford from NYC this week, and I'd like to get the lowdown on local eats. I visited over Labor Day weekend when we were househunting, and we enjoyed meals in Blue Back Square at Rizzuto's and a wine bar down the street whose name I've forgotten.

I know this is a very broad question, so I'll list below some of the major categories we're interested in:

Pizza -- I know the best in CT is in New Haven, and we'll def make trips there. But I'd love to know what's the best of the local shops.
Oysters
Lobster Rolls
Any good spots for smoked salmon?
General Seafood
Fine Dining
Bars -- interested in the top spots for beer (esp craft beer-are there good local microbrews?), wine, and cocktails
Italian-- all types (Italian American red sauce, regional Italian)
Dessert/Bakeries
Deli/Sandwiches
Diner
Bagels
Fried Chicken
Grill/Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
Steak
Grocery/Specialty Food Stores

Anything I'm missing? Please fill in your suggestions for any of the above slots. Thanks!

Rizzuto's
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