A June 2010 trip
to Old Saybrook by zabelle
Quote: A short getaway in Old Saybrook Ct with my special someone.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, there was a special menu that featured, among other things, a Luigi’s Bellini. I have never heard of a bellini, but who could resist the combination of champagne and peachtree schnapps. Wow, I think I have found my new favorite drink. It’s an inspired combination; the champagne adds that something special to the schnapps.
I chose the Italian flag pizza for my entree. It is a white pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, fresh basil, and sliced fresh tomato. Being me, I added pineapple and asked for a thin crust. Al chose the prime rib special and opted to have fresh broccoli instead of the baked potato. While we were waiting, a basket of warm bread was delivered and eaten with great relish. Al’s special came with a house salad, which included greens, chickpeas, yellow squash, cucumber, tomato, and onions.
My pizza arrived first, and it was a beauty, with a very thin golden crust and plenty of good fresh toppings. I managed to eat about half and took the rest back to our place to have for breakfast. Everyone knows that cold pizza is the real breakfast of champions.
Al was very impressed by his prime rib. Not only was it perfectly cooked, but it was huge. This was not for the faint of heart. It must have weighted at least a pound. Not to imply that it was bigger than THE Al could handle; he made short work of it.
We didn’t have any room left for dessert, but if we had, there was a fantastic-sounding chocolate creme brulee with fresh strawberries, Mike’s cheesecake, mini cannolis, and, my usual favorite, the toasted almond ice cream.
The menu here is varied, combining all the usual Italian favorites, like veal parmigiana and homemade ravioli, with what you always find in a shoreline town, fresh seafood. On my last visit, I made a meal of the antipasto, and certainly their grinders (okay, subs) are worth giving a try. As I looked around the dining room, I saw one of the owners, Michael, visiting with an elderly couple reminiscing about visiting Luigi’s when they first moved to Saybrook over 40 years ago. They recognized the booths as having been moved from Luigi’s original location. Other tables held families and even a few young lovers. This is a place where everyone can find something to please them. I know I always do.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 27, 2006
1295 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, Connecticut 06475
Restaurant | "A little bit of Ireland in Old Saybrook"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 23, 2010
Penny Lane Pub & Restaurant
150 Main St
Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475-2373
Located on Route One in Old Saybrook Nancy’s restaurant has an interesting history. For several years a very upscale restaurant called Rosemary and Sage occupied the building where Nancy’s Restaurant is. The one night a car drove through the building. Luckily no one was killed but the building sat empty and battered looking for over a year. When it first reopened it was still called Rosemary and Sage but featured a new menu and before long a new addition to the name "Nancy’s".This is a beautiful restaurant with warm gold walls, crisp white linens and real napkins. All the tables gave oil burning candles and fresh flowers. There is a very nice wooden bar where you can eat or drink and a more formal dining-room. This evening we sat in the dining-room. It was a Monday night at around 7:30pm and it was dead all over town, we had the whole room to ourselves.Because of the circumstances service was flawless but I have to say I have eaten here several times before and service has always been stellar. You have the choice of ordering from the dinner menu or from the grill menu. The grill menu offers smaller portions and more casual meals.We began our meal with the lobster and artichoke fondue. Well not really , we began with the bread basket and stuffed our face with the buttery garlic bread. The fondue came served in a ramekin with real discernible chunks of lobster claw meat and creamy artichoke. It was surrounded by toasted Italian bread triangles. We made short work of it I can tell you and it was outstanding. For my main course I ordered the Riviera pear salad. Fresh greens are covered with slices of pear, Gorgonzola cheese and candied walnuts. Around the side are Bermuda onion slices, diced tomatoes and thick cucumber slices. It is served with a balsamic vinaigrette and honey. It was a heaping plate full and the different flavors and textures are perfectly balanced. Al chose one of the specials, a tenderloin club sandwich. Slices of fillet with lettuce and tomato on toasted bread. A heaping pile of french fries filled the center of the plate and also a small container of coleslaw. Al asked for it medium rare and it was cooked perfectly and was of such a generous size that he took home two of the four quarters. What we could have ordered.Appetizers:Pan Bronzed MozzarellaClams CasinoChicken Liver PateSirloin CarpaccioScallops Rumaki
Soups:French OnionNew England Clam ChowderScallop and red bell pepper bisqueroasted tomato and garlic
Entrées:NY StripBeef WellingtonFilet MignonLobster MadeiraScallops DoreJumbo lump crab cakesLinguini PescatoreScampi BlancoStuffed jumbo prawnsChicken ParmThe desserts are all made on site and include carrot cake, chocolate mousse, caramel crunch cheese cake, and apple crisp.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2007
Nancy's Rosemary and Sage
1080 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475
Restaurant | "Aspen- A Wonderful Dining Experience"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 13, 2008
Aspen Restaurant and Bar
2 Main Street
Old Saybrook 06475
Hotel | "A warm and welcoming place to stay"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2010
Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed & Breakfast
325 Main Street
Old Saybrook 06475