Napa & Company and Tarry Lodge

18th January 2009

This week I had the great pleasure of meeting up with old friends for dinner in Fairfield County. On Monday night we visited Napa & Company in Stamford, and on Tuesday we tried Mario Batali’s new restaurant, Tarry Lodge (in Port Chester, technically not Fairfield County, but close enough!)

I’ve heard a lot about Napa & Company over the past few years and I was very excited to finally see what everyone was raving about. In fact, it was just recently rated #1 restaurant in Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine. For starters we tried the Tuna Tartare, and for dinner I had Roasted Diver Scallops, with mushroom risotto and persillades. My friend tried the Wild Black Sea Bass, with artichoke & porcini marmalade, sundried tomatoes, and polenta. Everything was delicious. I’m sad that we didn’t finish our meal with a plate of artisanal  cheeses, but we were absolutely stuffed! I would definitely recommend it to anyone in the area; my only warning: it’s a pricey meal. Our entrees were $36-37.

The following evening we checked out Tarry Lodge. I have to admit, I was surprised to find out last year that Mario Batali was opening a restaurant in Port Chester, NY. I was especially surprised to find he was taking over the old Tarry Lodge space which burned down a few years (last time I was there someone dropped a jello shot on my foot – needless to say, it’s had a MAJOR renovation!). However, his team made an absolutely magnificent transformation. The interior is beautiful, the service is outstanding, and the food is delicious and reasonably priced. The only problem: you can never get a table!

This was my second visit to Tarry Lodge. The first time we made reservations in advance for a big group and got a table in the dining room. This time around we sat at the bar which was a very pleasant, but too loud for anyone trying to have an intimate dinner. For starters we had a house chopped salad and cauliflower gratinate. For dinner we shared the clam pizza and spaghetti carbonara. Everything was amazing. We literally ate every last bite (except the egg yolk that came on top of the carbonara!).

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