Spent some time visiting family in CT this past weekend. Some highlights include the pizzas at Stanziato's in Danbury. Stanziato's is only a couple years old, but they are making their mark in the crowded CT landscape of great pizza. They seem to do a lot of things right: they use primarily local grown ingredients, with flour imported from Naples, and they fire the pizzas in a wood-burning oven at 800+ degrees. The pizzas were all tasty. The crust was thin, nicely blackened in spots, and nice air pockets all through.
Summer lovin': Manchego, local heirloom tomatoes, basil pesto
Roasted cauliflower, burrata, and truffle.
Beautiful Gift: La Quercia prosciutto, grape tomatoes, mozz, balsamic
Also drank some of my favorite beers that can sadly only be found in New England. Berkshire Brewing Company out of Deerfield, MA produces unfiltered, unpasteurized beers that contain no chemical additives or preservatives. As such, they don't travel well and can only be found in the MA and CT region. They produce nine styles of beer year round inlcuding the uber-tasty Czech-style pilsner and extra pale ale pcitured above. Great beer. Period
Of course, we had to drink some wine, too. Including the 1973 Santenay from Jacques Martin pictured above. Fascinating, as always, to drink well-aged wine, and this one was quite nice. Aged Burgundy can be a great adventure, as it was this night when a simple village wine delivered.
Nicely-aged California Cabernet as well. 1995 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley was outstanding. Bordeaux-like, yet still fresh fruit and great balance. Very classy at 17 years of age.