From small plates to market stalls, take-out, dig in at one
of these great local restaurants in the Litchfield Hills.
From bagels, cinnamon rolls, a variety of doughnuts, seasonal muffins, brioche rolls, chocolate and almond croissants—a wide selection of baked goods are offered at Arethusa a Mano Bakery & Café, the stylish small town café. All are made on the premises and pastries are baked several times a day, giving diners a fresh, just-baked experience. For lunch there salads, wraps, and paninis.
They offer a selection of drinks including drip coffee, espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, cold brew, and nitro coffee. Speciality drinks such as matcha lattes and affogato. Enjoy your visit in this upscale cafe.
Arethusa a Mano
833 Bantam Rd, Bantam
Located in Banta, Arethusa al tavolo is a purveyor of fine American dining from the vision of Chef Dan Magill. The milk, cream, yogurt, ice cream, butter and cheese from these cows is on showcase at Arethusa al tavolo Restaurant. The restaurant prides itself on exclusively using the farm’s dairy products and for procuring only the finest products for its daily menu.
Arethusa al tavolo
828 Bantam Rd, Bantam
As soon as you enter Arethusa Farm Dairy Creamery, the cozy, historic, former Bantam firehouse, you are greeted by an array of comforting aromas from homemade waffle cones, gourmet cheeses, all natural milk, creamy yogurts and rich, freshly made ice cream. Arethusa’s farm-fresh products are made from milk produced by award-winning Holstein and Jersey cows. The creamery also offers seasonal products such as heavy cream, eggnog sold in old fashioned bottles, and a beguiling cranberry dark chocolate chunk ice cream and pumpkin swirl ice cream.
822 Bantam Rd, Bantam
Using only the best natural and organic ingredients, the bakers at Bantam Bread Company create a wide selection of artisan breads made from scratch and by hand. In addition to their irresistible breads, there’s also lattice pies, tea cakes, fruit tarts, assorted pastries as well as focaccias, biscotti, and an array of imported and regional cheese as well as sauces, vinegars, oils, teas and coffees. To further tantalize your taste buds, local products such as maple syrup, organic fruits and vegetables are also sold.
853 Bantam Road, Bantam
Run by the owners of the highly popular, Northville Market in New Milford, Bantam Market has the same great offerings of top notch gourmet products, home baked goods, organic foods, hot bar of prepared foods, plus a seafood counter, including sushi made fresh daily. They take pride in carrying a wide range of wheat, dairy, and gluten free products. Check their website for weekly specials!
793 Bantam Road, Bantam
Around the county there are lots of spots where you can find great old fashioned pizza at reasonable prices, but nothing quite like Bantam Pizza & Restaurant. At this local, homey and comfortable restaurant, one taste of their pizza and you’ll be sure to go back for more. Excellent service, polite staff, and a great central location.
768 Bantam Road, Bantam
Mockingbird Kitchen & Bar uses seasonal ingredients to create a menu that is fresh, made from scratch, and full of global inspiration. The menu changes as the seasons do. They strive to use the best of locally sourced produce and seafood.
Mockingbird Kitchen & Bar
810 Bantam Road, Bantam
New owners Liz and Tony Biancardi and their crew are serving up your favorite BBQ and Mexican dishes. All their BBQ meats are “dry rubbed” with their own spices and seasonings before being cooked in their special wood fired smoker. Grab dinner or let them help plan your next party.
Wood’s Pit BBQ
123 Bantam Lake Road, Route 209
Mouthwatering cuisine, authentic pasta dishes, homemade breads, salad dressings, sauces, and succulent desserts.
938 Bantam Road, Bantam
The Italian word, Oliva, for ‘olive’ symbolizes the many culinary aspects of the mediterranean. For 31 years, Oliva on Main has celebrated Mediterranean and Northern Italian food. They use fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. Find their gourmet Mediterranean products including hummus, baba ghanouj, and more at a store near you.
Oliva on Main
15 Main St South, Bethlehem
The Painted Pony restaurant established in 1989 has been a staple in the community and surrounding towns through Litchfield Hills for decades. It is known for its prime rib and beautiful country setting and patio, as well as a catering hall for up to 200 people for all your events.
Painted Pony Restaurant
74 Main St South
Celebrated for its heavenly homemade chocolates, The Bridgewater Village Store is a terrific place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or to sip coffee, read the paper and get to know the locals. Found in the last remaining dry town in Connecticut, this village store and bistro epitomizes small-town living at its finest.
Bridgewater Village Store & Bistro
27 Main Street S.
The Cornwall Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 9am – 1:00pm, between June – October. They sell local produce such as meats, veggies, dairy, baked goods, maple syrup, herbs, and flowers.
Cornwall Farmers’ Market
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike, Cornwall
Rustling Winds Creamery is the place to go if you are in the mood for delicious, locally made, naturally produced cow and goats’ milk cheeses. All of their cheeses are made from natural ingredients and do not contain preservatives or additives. Hand cut and are priced per pound, Rustling Wind cheeses are sold in vacuum sealed packages. Along with cheeses the Rustling Wind Creamery sells jams, jellies, chutneys, pickles, relishes, maple products and goat milk soap. They also sell hand knit sweaters and hats made from their own sheep’s’ wool.
Rustling Winds Creamery
148 Canaan Mountain Road
Built more than 175 years ago and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Falls Village Inn was restored in 2010 with celebrated New York interior designer Bunny Williams (a Falls Village resident) overseeing the design and decoration. The five guest rooms are a perfect combination of simple sophistication and comfort. A friendly atmosphere, cozy rooms, and delightful food and drink, it’s where the action is.
Accommodations include wireless internet, HD flat-screen TV with satellite service, and a continental breakfast. The Falls Village Inn is two hours and 15 minutes north of New York City or two hours and 30 minutes west of Boston. See our article on the Inn here.
A leading manufacturer of gourmet smoked meats, poultry, fish, and cheeses, Nodine’s Smokehouse has a team of skilled artisans. They use real hardwood and apple pomace, and hand-craft their products in small batches. Their specialty products are found in upscale New York venues such as Citarella, Dean & Deluca, and Fairway Markets. Their old-world flavored bacon is worth the trip to scenic Goshen, as is their marvelous Cajun Andouille sausage. Your pampered canine will enjoy their gourmet dog treats.
39 North Street
Offers a flavorful assortment of wines, a wine shop, and tasting room in Goshen.
599 Old Middle Street, Goshen
At Thorncrest Farm and Milk House Chocolates, Kimberly and Clint Thorn feed their cows the finest, sweetest hay and natural feed resulting in their signature cream milk and delicious artisanal chocolates, Milk House Chocolates. Made with fresh local orchard fruits, garden herbs, and honey. They also offer cheesemaking classes. Going to their barn to pick up some vanilla milk, chocolates for your hostess, and a quick tour of the barn to say hello to the cows is always a treat.
280 Town Hill Road, Goshen
Dedicated to curating the finest cheese, charcuterie, wine & gourmet products available.
109 Cheese Market
7 Old Barn Road, Kent
A great place for a quick bite. They can be seen serving great casual pizza, wraps, appetizers, salads and more!
6 Kent Green Boulevard
Since 1973, “The Fife” has been a family-owned Mecca for fine food and wine, along with some of the best live music in Litchfield County. Locally sourced ingredients, a Wine Spectator recognized wine list, and a 1942 Steinway… What else is there to say?
Fife ‘n Drum
53 Main St.
If you are strolling along Kent’s picturesque main drag, stop at J.P. Gifford Market & Catering, a popular gathering place, to indulge in a hot cup of coffee and an outstanding sandwich. Whenever possible, the proprietors buy locally grown products. Their takeaway dishes are wonderful and the desserts, muffins and breads are baked on the premises each day. Full service catering.
J.P. Gifford Market
12 North Main Street
Exceptional coffee and chocolate. Handmade chocolate, truffles, baked goods, coffee and espresso.
Kent Coffee and Chocolate Company
8 N Main Street
Located on a working farm that you can tour, with a brewery, tasting room, and workshop, there is an extensive list to choose from.
33 Camps Road, Kent
The Kent Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 9am – noon, between May 8 – October 10.
Kent Farmers Market
9 South Main Street (Route 7)
Born in 1970 from a couple’s passion to share authentic recipes from their family in Greece to local area residents. Serving much more than pizza, outdoor dining, and full bar.
Kent Pizza Garden
17 Railroad Street
Owner Ira Smith has about 30 years’ experience in the wine industry and has created a friendly and relaxing environment where customers can find an unsurpassed selection of wines from all corners of the planet. KW&S has long been known for its selection of spirits and ales. A thorough wine and liquor selection. Weekend tasting events. Happy to give advice.
Kent Wine & Spirit
24 N Main Street
Take a break while shopping in Kent and grab a seat on the cozy, window-box-lined front porch. Southwestern American and South Asian offerings dot the menu, with a Saigon sandwich (think Bahn Mi) of pork belly, grilled shrimp, or tofu, and a Southwest Salad with grilled shrimp and fried tortilla strips. Even the Roasted Beet Salad with oranges and citrus vinaigrette takes a Latino turn with toasted pepitas.
Friendly owner Anna Gowan and Chef Charles Dietrich, use locally sourced meat and vegetables to keep it simple with great ingredients, and the menu tells you exactly where, say, that burger comes from (Hurlburt Farms). Closed Mondays.
14 N Main Street
Offers a wide array of authentic Asian Fusion Food, such as Curry Chicken, Hunan Beef, Szechuan Pork, Kung Po Shrimp and much more at this family run Chinese restaurant.
Shanghai Asian Fusion
1 Landmark Lane
Sophie’s is a restaurant and bakery, located across from Cozzy’s Pizza in the Kent Green on the North end of town. Sophie’s sources their ingredients from local farm and uses recipes to craft dishes from around the world.
8 N Main Street, Kent
A modern tavern in a historical setting, serving wood-fired, farm-driven pizzas, shareable small plates, and seasonal entrees that aim to both comfort and inspire. Working closely with nearby Rock Cobble Farm, the food at Swyft follows the flavors of the seasons. Wood-fired pizza, craft beers, natural wines, progressive small plates, in a casual fun atmosphere.
Stop by to enjoy a nice breakfast, brunch, or lunch. They offer traditional breakfast items, Mexican delicacies, American cuisine, and an extensive lunch menu.
The Villager Restaurant
28 N Main Street
Woodford’s General Store provides locally grown and locally made products along with a selection of home design items. The shop collaborates with local farms and regional makers to source their best offerings and they provide a weekly delivery option and pull up-pick up service. Their goal is to celebrate the farmers and the makers, curate the best selection in the area, and be convenient with delivery.
3 Old Barn Rd, Kent
Stop by this casual yet classic pizzeria today and indulge in a few hot slices at Deano’s Pizza. They also have salads, calzones, strombolis, and speciality pizza.
24 Millerton Rd, Lakeville
Sweet William’s Bakery is the real deal. The folks here bake everything on-site and with everything made entirely from scratch using fresh, high-quality ingredients. An extensive selection of coffee is available, perfect with their baked goodies such as cookies, scones, muffins, biscuits, layer cakes, cheesecake, tarts, tea breads, biscotti, pound cake, pies, candied nuts, cupcakes and much more (are you full yet?).
Sweet William’s Bakery
19 Main Street
Reservations are a must if you want to experience the excellent food at one of the area’s most popular, well-reputed restaurants, The Woodland. The menu is extensive and varied (for a thrill, try the sushi). Fun bar scene. Impeccable service.
192 Sharon Rd, Lakeville
Flavorful and lean grass-fed beef as well as pork and chickens are available at the well reputed Whippoorwill Farm, located on scenic Salmon Kill Road. No hormones or antibiotics are used. The beef is dry aged for full flavor and tenderness, then vacuum wrapped and frozen for freshness. They now accept credit cards. Call ahead to check when they are open.
189 Salmon Kill Rd
A casual and comfortable venue for an array of craft beers on tap, cocktails, wine, and pub food.
3 West Street, Litchfield
Eclectically elegant, yet totally casual. Serving up delicious eats and drinks to Litchfield County and beyond! Cozy up by their fireplaces, get mesmerized by the 3,000 gallon fish tank, or sit in their outdoor dining area made of cord wood. Pizzas, tacos, wings, cheesy dips, cocktails, beers, and more!
Bohemian Pizza and Tacos
342 Bantam Road, Litchfield
Big enough to fall into without a reservation, serving delicious, way-above-average Italian food.
DaCapo of Litchfield
625 Torrington Rd, Litchfield
Located in the ‘Old Murphy Pharmacy’ building, Espresso 59 offers a variety of hot and cold coffee products; Gelato and Sorbetto; fresh baked goods such as Italian pastries, pies, cookies, and savory bites too. Their newly renovated space allows patrons to enjoy products in a bright, clean, and comfortable setting.
59 West St
Haight-Brown Vineyards is Connecticut’s oldest winery, opening its doors in 1975. Located on historic Chestnut Hill, just one mile east of Litchfield Center, the winery is situated on ten pastoral acres. The tasting room includes a custom built wine bar for conducting wine tastings guided by the knowledge of their educated and friendly staff, an upstairs patio and downstairs terrace for sipping wine on lazy summer days, and two stone fireplaces for lingering during chilly ones. There is also a picnic grove for enjoying your own food with Haight-Brown wines, a cheese nook and retail area as well as several private rooms (Vine Room, Cask Room, etc) for a more intimate tasting or private party affair. The vineyard grows vinifera and hybrids including Chardonnay, Chardonelle, Marechal Foch, Dechaunoc, Marquette, and Seyval Blanc. Its current growing capacity has the ability to produce yields upwards of thirty-five tons annually. The tasting room is a lovely place to stop by and relax by the fireplace with a glass of wine. Check their site for cheese and chocolate pairing classes and tours of the vineyard.
Hilljack Sugar Shack is open 7 days a week, 8am-6pm. There are extended hours for sugaring season. Visitors are encouraged to stop by anytime. Free tours of facilities. School groups welcome. For tours larger than 7, please call ahead to schedule.
Hilljack Sugar Shack
74 Wilson Rd
Litchfield Distillery provides free tours and tastings where guests learn how the fine spirits are distilled and how the process operates from farm to bottle. They have ready-to-drink cocktails, batchers’ cocktails, and batcher’s spirits.
569 Bantam Rd, Litchfield
In Litchfield, supporting Connecticut artisans through selling sustainable locally grown produce and products.
421 Bantam Road, Litchfield
A welcome addition to Litchfield, offering generous pub fare with both indoor and outdoor seating in the old jail. Open Sunday – Thursday 12 pm to 9 pm, and Friday and Saturday 12 pm to 10 pm.
7 North Street, Litchfield
Meraki Food offers a delicious variety of salads, including vegan, dairy free, nut free, gluten free and sugar free. They have fresh baked goods every day with muffins, scones, coffee cakes, and breads. For breakfast they offer local egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos, hash bowls, and more. Their lunch menu is available all day.
239 West St, Litchfield
At Patty’s Restaurant, there is something for everyone, from eggs and pancakes to specially crafted benedicts. Check out the best breakfast in town! They are open 7 days a week so if you aren’t able to make breakfast, go try their lunch specials that change daily! You won’t regret it!
499 Bantam Rd, Litchfield
You’ll find a nice choice of homemade ice cream flavors at this retro style parlor. Delicious ice cream cakes.
Peaches n Cream
632 Torrington Rd, Litchfield
Located in the former Litchfield jail, this new addition to the community offers the finest array of breads, cakes, scones, and fantastic cookies.
7 North Street, Litchfield
The Dutch Epicure Shop is known region-wide for their European style pastries, breads, cookies and cakes made on the premises, German meats and sausages, Dutch and European cheeses, various fine teas, jams, chocolates from all over Europe, and of course Dutch food and Dutch groceries, this little shop couldn’t be more authentic or wonderful. Also to covet are their ever popular sandwich rolls, Prima Donna aged cheese, ham with rosemary and the bags of spaetzle, and mocha sticks. Their website provides video links showing how some of their culinary creations are made (when was the last time you whipped up a mean zuger kirsch torte?). To satisfy your craving for Dutch food, run, don’t walk, to this extraordinary shop.
Dutch Epicure Shop
491 Bantam Rd
Located on Litchfield’s green, the atmospheric and bustling Village Restaurant that features American pub food (burger, fish & chips, salads, etc.) for lunch and a comprehensive and varied dinner menu. The ambience is lively (due to the popular bar); should you require a more relaxed environment, there is an adjoining section that is quieter.
25 West Street, Litchfield
Since there aren’t too many seafood markets in the region, make sure to get there early as selections are limited as the day goes on. The clambake bags are fun and include everything you need tied up in a bag for boiling a traditional New England-style clambake. Fresh seafood, special orders and catering. Their meat store is conveniently located next door if you are planning a surf and turf.
174 West St
Litchfield County’s Toast & Co serves up delicious fresh brewed coffee, including their house roast, a customized two bean blend called Rain Forest Alliance Bold—smooth, delicious, and a customer favorite. Enjoy a comfy spot outside or indoors while sipping on their coffee or espresso.
18 Commons Drive, Litchfield
A Litchfield staple—West Street Grill has been credited with revitalizing the Litchfield Green after opening in 1990. Elegant vibe, impressive food and service. A modern restaurant with a cozy but sophisticated dining room, West Street has the charm of a private club but attracts a broad demographic.
West Street Grill
43 West St, Litchfield
Vyne Restaurant & Bar started out as a simple cafe in 2009, and has since taken a leap towards becoming one of the best restaurants in Connecticut. Vyne offers their guests the finest dining experience possible in their fine dining room, exclusive bar, or gorgeous patio outside by the waterfall. Vyne features american cuisine with a mediterranean flair.
Vyne Restaurant & Bar
1365 Whittemore Rd, Middlebury
The reward for completing that bike ride—the most delectable PB&J ever. We don’t know if it’s the jam or excellent bread, but these things are tasty! There’s also something slightly mischievous about having a “kid’s” sandwich in the casually elegant surroundings of a tearoom. Speaking of… you know the name, but did you realize that the quality brand was based here? A food lover’s stop, the Harney & Sons Fine Tea boutique offers all manner of hostess and entertaining gifts, and the expansive tasting bar can answer all your burning leaf questions.
13 Main St, Millerton
The largely organic offerings may taste like the big city but the laidback atmosphere at Manna Dew Café is decidedly small town, in the best of ways. No one will rush you out the door here. Linger over a glass of wine, take in some music if it’s the weekend or sit out back near the herb garden when the sun is shining. Good vibe, great down-to-earth food.
54 Main St, Millerton
The Oakhurst Diner was established in 2010 by Paul Harney, Justin and John Panzer, Its name is in honor of the old Oakhurst Inn. It offers a retro vibe, local and speciality foods along with diner comfort classics.
19 Main St, Millerton
A best kept secret among the locals, complete with swinging picnic tables outside and a no-frills interior café-style dinning space. It is a wonderful place to enjoy simple food (yummy ice cream as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and onion rings), in a casual setting. It does get crowded on weekends.
Popey’s Ice Cream
7 West Street, Morris
A place for family and friends to relax and enjoy a real working farm and embrace the area’s best local farmers, foodies, artisans, chefs, and musicians. Open every Sunday from 11am – 2 pm, between June 16 – November 3.
21 Higbie Road, Morris
West Shore Seafood is a fresh seafood market & eatery in Morris. Outdoor seating only. Perfect summer spot to get a lobster roll or fried clams. Bring a blanket and have yourself a family picnic next to the corn hole on the lawn.
West Shore Seafood
449 Bantam Lake Rd, Morris
A remarkable experience unfolds each evening in the fire-lit dining rooms of Winvian Farm’s restaurant, where simplicity and indulgence artfully converge to create the ultimate fine dining experience. Chef Chris Eddy creates fresh and spontaneous farm-to-table menus with seasonal ingredients from nearby farms. Daily dinner service 5-10 pm except Tuesday.
155 Alain White Rd
Tuesdays 4 – 7 pm, between June 15 through September at Sherrill Brook Park.
New Hartford Farmers Market
Rte. 44 & Church St. New Hartford
West Hill Sugarhouse has maple syrup for sale year round. The Sugarhouse is open during the season. Small groups welcome. Call ahead.
525 West Hill Rd, New Hartford
Clamps is a roadside burger joint that was established in 1939 (little has changed since, other than SUVs barreling past) that cooks up a plethora of authentic and regional summertime food. Try the scrumptious burgers with fried onions. Quick and friendly service, outdoor seating but also great for roadside pick up! A classic staple that would be a shame to miss.
518 Litchfield Rd, New Milford
Dagwoods offers specialty nachos, sandwiches, burgers, fried chicken, and barbecue pulled pork sandwiches. One of the most popular flatbread pizzas on the menu, features pistachios, goat cheese, mozzarella, truffle oil, and honey. Hungry restaurant goers will also be dazzled with three different kinds of mussels, ranging from Belgian, French, and House- style. Wines and craft beers are also on the menu, as well as specialty cocktails. Stop by this trendy yet traditionally styled lounge today for a hearty and flavorful meal! Reservations are needed for parties of more than four. Takeout always available!
300 Kent Rd, New Milford
Everything is made with fresh ingredients at Executive Cuisine, a corporate flight catering, wedding catering and a gourmet deli. Their somewhat bland, generic name belies the fact that this is a top notch venue that offers a wide selection of prepared sandwiches and salads as well as items from local purveyors, sophisticated entrees, sides and desserts. Specials are offered daily as well as custom menus that can be catered to your liking.
12 Elm Street
Voted Best Overall Restaurant by Connecticut Magazine, Greca serves rustic and reimagined Mediterranean cuisine with the accent on Greek, along with inspired craft cocktails. Recommended: Grilled Whole Fish, Lamb Chops, Kalamakia (pork skewers), Risotto Avlona (paella), Roasted Whole Cauliflower, Spanakopita and more! Indoor and Outdoor Dining, Curbside Takeout and Delivery.
1 Kent Rd, New Milford
Nestled along the beautiful Housatonic River in New Milford, guests can opt for the rustic tap room or the beer garden to enjoy hand-crafted ales brewed on site, hard seltzers, specials, and wine by the glass, as well as live music and other entertainment.
30 Kent Road, New Milford
La Piccolina is an authentic northern Italian restaurant. Uses fresh locally grown ingredients to give the best experience. Chef has been in the Italian restaurant business for over 25 years.
27 Main St, New Milford
Lucia Ristorante serves up delicious modern Italian cuisine in a friendly atmosphere with excellent service. Owner and head chef, Antonio Caldareri has brought the flavors of Northern and Southern Italy to small town New Milford.
51 Bank St, New Milford
The New Milford Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 9 am – 12 noon, between May 11 – October 27.
1 Main Street, New Milford
Northville Market has fresh produce, gluten free foods, organic meats, and a take out deli. This grocery store is the best in the lower corner. Progenitor to the Bantam Market.
301 Litchfield Rd
Tandoori Flames of New Milford holds the title of Best Indian Restaurant in Connecticut for 2021. With 15 years of experience, their staff can customize almost any dish for anyone’s dietary restrictions or desires. Offering a newly renovated dining room, cocktail list, and menu, this is a do not miss.
471 Danbury Rd
Thai Charm offers traditional Thai dishes. From appetizers, soups and salads, to Thai curries, Vegetable dishes, Fried Rice, and Noodles. The dining rooms are pleasant and fill up quickly during dinner. Takeout is also available.
218 Kent Rd, New Milford
The Great Brook Sugarhouse is open to the public and syrup is sold year round. Educational tours of the sugaring operation are available. Call for info and availability. Open house weekends, which include displays of early sugaring techniques, are held during March. Email for dates and times.
The Green Granary is committed to offering the most delicious food, prepared with the finest quality ingredients while maintaining focus on nourishing our bodies and souls with food. They strive to offer local and organic fare to the community with vegan based and gluten-free options, and mindfully crafted menu items.
The Green Granary
84 Railroad St, New Milford
Original hand carved mahogany bar from 1902. Serving burgers, salads, family friendly food.
The Iron Rail
10 Railroad St, New Milford
The prosciutto and fig pizza; roasted eggplant pizza; and the goat cheese and spinach ravioli are some of our favorite dishes at the Northern Italian style family restaurant. Pasta is house-made; they also have gluten-free pizza. Catering and private parties. Take out is available.
373 Litchfield Road, New Milford
Yokohama offers delicious dining and takeout options. Recognized for their outstanding Sushi cuisine using only high quality fresh ingredients, excellent service, and friendly staff.
131 Danbury Rd, New Milford
Featuring exceptional drinks and mouthwatering tapas, they offer a sophisticated restaurant experience in a comfortable setting.
31 Bank Street, New Milford
With new business partner Ryan Cangello, The Owl Wine & Food Bar has recently been renovated and expanded. No stranger to the food and wine industry, John Bourdeau is a restaurateur with extensive experience in wines. Seating about 20 people inside and another 20 outside on the patio, the intimate atmosphere is inviting especially with the wood burning fireplace. In addition to a wide selection of wines, they serve offers starters, salads, sandwiches, and pizza. They have monthly events like wine tastings and pairing classes, as well as live music on the patio. See our article on The Owl Wine & Food Bar HERE. Open Wednesday – Friday: 4 – 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 1 – 9 pm. However, the wine bar will stay open if customers are still there.
18 East Shore Road, New Preston
Stop by Ziggy’s for a gourmet Italian experience. This charming food truck offers a variety of Italian specialties, including roasted tomatoes, pesto, burrata, dry sausages, truffle cheeses and more. Homemade meals are also available, with classics like chicken parm, lasagna, and meatballs. Finally, don’t miss out on desserts, like the famous cannolis!
287 New Milford Turnpike, New Preston
Dubbed “the Alice Waters of the Northwest Corner,” Anne Gallagher Catering has been creating culinary masterpieces for the region for years. An advocate of helping to bring fresh, locally grown foods to the area school’s lunch program, Anne is one of the founders of the Plow to Plate program, an initiative that combines hospital leadership and community-based programs to promote local foods and agriculture as a means to well-being and disease prevention. Using seasonal, local and organic foods, Anne will create original menus to suite each occasion, from cocktail parties, weddings, to dinner parties.
Located in Litchfield County close to Washington Depot and New Preston, Community table aims to express its passion for the region through food, wine, and hospitality. Community table is a place to meet with friends, celebrate, or dine solo. CT, as it is commonly referred to, is as acclaimed for its food and cocktails, as it is for its chic relaxed environment. With new chef Christian Hunter, the menu offers tantalizing innovative fare as well as some old favorites in a cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere.
223 Litchfield Turnpike, New Preston
Voted Litchfield County’s favorite winery, Hopkins offers wine tastings, a wine bar, tours, and a breathtaking view overlooking Lake Waramaug. With 11 varieties of grapes, it consistently produces award-winning whites, reds, and sparkling wines.
25 Hopkins Road, New Preston
Yes, Sweeets is the correct spelling. Indulge in confections from this quaint little shop where candies and chocolates from all over the world abound. Moreover, the exquisite packaging makes these treats ideal gifts. For true nostalgic pleasure, try the old-fashioned penny candy or handmade marshmallows.
13 East Shore Rd
Nestled in the heart of New Preston, stands a cafe and market offering a true farm-to-table experience. The Smithy Café offers locally roasted coffee, artisan sandwiches, garden salads, fresh-baked confections, gluten-free and vegan options. The Smithy Market curates farm-fresh and organic produce, dairy, groceries, and home goods from local purveyors.
10 Main St, New Preston
The much acclaimed and popular White Horse has received over 60 awards, including 2021 Best Traditional American – Connecticut Magazine, Best Outdoor Dining – Connecticut Magazine and Litchfield Magazine, Best Classic Pub in New England – Yankee Magazine, and The Ideal Place – Vogue Magazine. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
White Horse Country Pub
258 New Milford Turnpike, New Preston
Unsurpassed Chocolate Sauce is an artisanal Chocolate Sauce made in Litchfield County. This confection, created with premium ingredients and available in flavors such as Classic, Dark, Dark with Ginger, and Classic with a Hint of Mint is the stuff of true romance. Unsurpassed is made from a generations old recipe with roots in the South by local resident Vi Owens, who took her mother’s recipe and has now added a little touch of her own. The chocolate sauce is first heated up in a sauce pan filled with water, heated to a boil, and then drizzled over ice cream. As it hits the ice cream, it hardens making a delicious crunch. Other ways to indulge in a jar of Unsurpassed: drizzle over pecan, apple or pumpkin pie; dip pretzels in the warm sauce and then roll in candied sprinkles; pour over pound cake and top with nuts; and dip fresh strawberries in the warm sauce and let harden before serving. A gift set of four 4-ounce jars, one of each flavor is also available.
Nine Main in New Preston,
The Pantry in Washington,
Averill Farm in New Preston
(during apple season), and
Hidden Valley Eatery in Washington
Or by special order, contact Vi Owens:
The Norfolk Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm, between May 18 – October 12.
Norfolk Farmers Market
Town Hall, 19 Maple Avenue, Norfolk
A family owned and operated farm since 1998. They have over 12,000 Highbush blueberry bushes nestled on a 30 acre hillside where you can pick your own blueberries.
Litchfield Hills Blueberry Farm
23 Schrowback Rd, Plymouth
Tonn’s Orchard is set on over ten acres of land. It is easy walking for any age. You can pick your own apples, peaches, plums, pumpkins, and flowers.
270 Preston Rd, Terryville
Greyledge Farm is well-reputed and sells a wide range of top notch cuts and meats. They specialize in all-natural, pasture-raised Black Angus beef, pork from heritage hogs and free-range poultry. Their products are known for their quality and exceptional flavor. Their loyal customers are willing to pay a bit more for their products because they know that producing grass-fed, rotationally grazed cattle, pigs and chickens requires considerably more work and time than conventional farm practices. Antibiotics, steroids, or growth hormones are not used. Greyledge embraces and practices the importance of land preservation, renewable energy, sustaining local agriculture and observing best farm practices.
17 Berry Rd, Roxbury
A seasonal open air market offering a wide range of locally raised meats, sausages, vegetables and flowers, many kinds of breads, desserts, jams, and much more. Open every Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm.
Salisbury Farmers Market
Scoville Memorial Library on Main Street
Critically acclaimed Tap Room menu and casual fare served all day long at Provisions. Specializing in an English-influenced menu and elegant decor.
15 Under Mountain Road, Salisbury
Le Gamin was founded by its French owner Robert Arbor in 1992 on Macdougal Street in Soho. Le Gamin expanded to become a local chain of cafes known for its authentic casual French ambiance, popular neighborhood feel, fresh food and signature crêpes.
In 2021 during the pandemic Robert decided to open Le Gamin Studio Agraire in Sharon which he is operating with his son who had recently returned from working in France.
This family run farm has been around for more than 30 years and has developed from a simple road side farm stand selling locally grown produce to a full scale, extensive garden center, farm market and fine food market. They grow their own corn, tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes, squash; and they also sell locally produced berries, milk and dairy products, cheese, home-baked breads, pies, jellies, and honey.
Paley’s Farm Market
230 Amenia Rd
Sharon Farm Market sells seafood (sushi rolls are plentiful and fresh), bakery items (baguettes are the best around), meat, pizza, deli, organic produce, cut fruit, and flowers.
The Edward is a charming wine and cocktail bar located off the green in Sharon. Their menu items include meat and cheese plates, dumplings, and flatbreads. This summer brings a variety of visiting chefs and pop-up food items to their restaurant. Visit their website or Instagram page for more info.
19 West Main St, Sharon
Connecticut’s oldest inn with a pub and farm to table restaurant.
782 Main Street North, Southbury
The Thomaston Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday from 2:30—6 pm, between July 11—October 17.
Seth Thomas Park, 100 South Main St
The Brothers and Sons Sugarhouse is a great local sugarhouse that is open year round! Free tours available to watch syrup being made during the winter months, February through March. All visits are free, call ahead and book an appointment today! Brothers and Sons Sugarhouse is also accessible to the handicapped. Groups welcome!
Brothers and Sons Sugarhouse
998 Saw Mill Rd, Torrington
Authentic Neapolitan wood oven Pizzeria brings healthy taste and traditions from Naples to Torrington. In early 2020 they introduced Grandma Pies, dough is fermented for 72 hours, creating a firm base and soft, spongy center. Grandma Pies available after 4 pm, but cheese and speciality squares are offered daily for lunch!
1315 East Main St, Torrington
Sasso’s Coal Fired Pizza combines artisan pizzas with a rustic industrial atmosphere for a unique dining experience.
Sasso’s Coal Fired Pizza
52 Main St, Torrington
Nestle into a cozy booth and savor fresh, homemade pasta (made on the premises from old family recipes from Abruzzo) at the well established Italian Venetian Restaurant. Their ravioli, seafood risotto, and Caesar salad are particularly outstanding. The decor is formal and picturesque with large murals of Venice, upholstered booths, a tin ceiling, and stylish, old-fashioned light fixtures. A good place to linger over your meal with a glass of wine and good conversation. Nice salads. Prix fixe dinner is available. Reservations required on weekends.
52 East Main St
The Torrington Farmers’ Market is open every Tuesday from 3-6 pm, and every Saturday from 10 am-1 pm, between June 1-October 26.
37 Charles St, Torrington
A charming traditional Greek Tavern. In keeping with Greek tradition, all of the food is made fresh everyday. YiaYia’s Greek Kitchen is a love letter to Greece as well as the owner’s beloved mother YiaYia.
YiaYia’s Greek Kitchen
1057 East Main St, Torrington
A large flagstone terrace overlooking beautiful Lake Waramaug makes for a romantic evening at the Austrian Hopkins Inn Restaurant. The wait staff is dressed in traditional Austrian garments, giving the ambiance a festive (or kitschy, depending how you look at it) feel. In cooler weather, you can enjoy your Wiener schnitzel with a glass of wine from the comfort of a Victorian dining room that offers a panoramic view of the lake. They also have a Tavern Room where you can sit by a roaring fire and leisurely sip on a rather satiating Hofbrau Hefe Weizen. The outdoor terrace is the real attraction here because of the beautiful views of the lake.
22 Hopkins Road, Warren
Delicious breakfast and lunch, deli sandwiches and salads, take away entrees and specialty and staples grocery. Located at the Crossroads of Litchfield County, this gem of a store offers great coffee and food all day, every day. And Friday nights are Pizza Nights! Open from 6:30 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday, Fridays from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday from 7 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 8 am to 3 pm. Eat in or take out, perfect for all your country adventures.
10 Cornwall Rd, Warren
If you want to enjoy fine, casual dining in an 1850 Colonial home located off the beaten track, then the G.W. Tavern is the spot for you. Whether its summer dining on a flagstone patio overlooking a river, or winter dining beside a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace, you will be sure to relish their seasonal specialties (fiddleheads and soft shells in the warm months to game and fowl throughout the winter). Surrounded by hand painted murals of the old town and farms, the interior is cozy, romantic, and comfortable and is a wonderful place to enjoy traditional American fare accompanied by either a specialty draft or bottled beer, or a glass of wine from their extensive wine list. Brunch is a big hit at the G.W. Live music. Weekly specials. Catering and full take out menu available. Reservations are strongly recommended.
20 Bee Brook Road, Washington Depot
Marty’s serves breakfast, salads, sandwiches, soups and a nice variety of beverages, including smoothies, frappes, an impressive selection of unusual bottled sodas, and various coffees and tea. But that’s not all…. at Marty’s you can kick back, get comfortable, and utilize their free Wi-Fi internet.
The Mayflower Inn & Spa Tap Room is adjacent to the dining room and offers first-rate pub style meals such as steamed mussels, grilled vegetable terrine, and organic salmon (their hamburgers are scrumptious). On weekends you can relax with a well-deserved martini and drift away to the sounds of a virtuoso piano player.
Mayflower Inn & Spa Tap Room
118 Woodbury Rd, Route 47
It’s hard to find authentic, well prepared, creatively envisioned Japanese food, all of which (and more) has been achieved by Norimaki. This small restaurant with a lot of ambiance serves fresh, high-quality food made on the premises. Their sushi, yuzu cha tea, sansai udon, and their large shumai dumplings are off the charts. Excellent service. Reservations are recommended on weekends.
4 Green Hill Rd
Known for its cheeses and catering, The Pantry is a big hit with the locals and is frankly, one of the best places for a delicious lunch and for take away. They serve breakfast foods, lunch and afternoon tea. An enticing display of baked goods like muffins, pies, cakes, and cookies can be found at the front counter. They also carry a great selection of gift items like olive oils, kitchenware, linens, and dishes. Their catering service is legendary. Best baguettes around.
5 Titus Rd, Washington Depot
Nestled in the heart of New Preston, stands a cafe and market offering a true farm-to-table experience. The Smithy Café offers locally roasted coffee, artisan sandwiches, garden salads, fresh-baked confections, gluten-free and vegan options. The Smithy Market curates farm-fresh and organic produce, dairy, groceries, and home goods from local purveyors.
10 Main St, New Preston
Waldingfield Farm is an organic vegetable farm in its 25th year growing certified organic vegetables. Their heirloom tomatoes are superb! They currently grow on approximately 25 acres and service Litchfield County, Fairfield County, and New York city through farmers markets, restaurants, stores and via their CSA program. Their East Street farm stand is open June through October. Their CSA program runs from June to October. They also sell their own food products, including two types of pasta sauces and their famous Bloody Mary mix, which are sold throughout the county, state and New York.
24 East St,Washington
Held in the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens in Washington Depot, the market offers fresh fruit, vegetables, meats from local farms, and other goodies such as cakes, pies, jams, and syrup. Vendors include many local businesses.
Washington Farmers’ Market
1 Green Hill Road
Provides snacks, varieties of award-winning wine, beer, and beautiful views in Watertown.
28 Plungis Road, Watertown
Rock Garden Cafe offers soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees. Customers have the option of enjoying their full bar along with a variety of beer and wine. They also offer speciality coffees and home baked desserts.
Rock Garden Cafe
459 Main St, Watertown
Roma Ristorante offers authentic Italian food, handcrafted and served in generous portions. They aim to provide each guest a unique and memorable experience. They have been voted the best Italian in Connecticut 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
179 Davis St, Oakville
Sakura Japanese Steak House has high quality sushi, sashimi, steak, and hibachi prepared with the finest ingredients.
Sakura Japanese Steak House
544 Straits Turnpike, Watertown
The Watertown Farmers’ Market is open every Saturdays from 9 am – 1 pm, between July 13 – October 5.
(no market on 9/21)
470 Main St, Library Parking Lot
French “special concept” restaurant that offers a carefully pre-selected five-course, prix fixe fine dining experience.
8 Railroad Street, West Cornwall
The Winsted Farmers’ Market is open every Friday from 3 – 6 pm, between June 28 – September 13.
East End Park
1 Park Place
Dottie’s Diner, a vintage-inspired diner, is one of the best breakfast spots in the northwest corner. Enjoy perfect poached eggs, sausage, crispy potatoes, and a hot cup of coffee. Known for their delicious donuts, you can buy a dozen to take home. The place is always packed, but waiting times aren’t long. The staff is always cheerful and quick to respond to any request. It’s a great place to meet up with friends for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Open at 7am to 3pm everyday.
740 Main St South
El Camión serves award winning tacos and burritos, using locally grown produce. People line up for their fresh, healthy foods with bold flavors. Credit cards accepted.
308 Sherman Hill Rd, Woodbury
Each year Flanders Nature Center taps and collects sap in February and March from dozens of trees at the nature center and around town. They have a lovely sugar house, Flanders nature Center Maple Sugar House, which is open for tours.
Flanders Nature Center
5 Church Hill Rd, Woodbury
Carole Peck’s focus on fresh, local ingredients coupled with exquisite meal presentation and impeccable wait staff, has made Good News Café a mecca for those who know what truly good food is all about. Examples of what you might find at this first rate restaurant include scrumptious seasonal (and vegetarian) dishes (wonderful soups and salads), unusual and intriguing dishes such as mixed game grille, consisting of quail, venison and wild boar. The interior is comfortable and elegant. The walls are decorated with an ever changing art exhibit. A must if you are in the area. Reservations.
Good News Cafe
694 Main St South
A bistro-style dining experience featuring New American dishes with an Italian flair. They work closely with local farmers. There is a private room for gatherings, a covered patio for outdoor dining, a full bar, and take-out is available, as well as catering and a food truck for off premise events.
693 Main St South, Woodbury
With the feel of a larger supermarket, yet with the intimacy of a grocery store, Labonne’s Market manages to straddle the two by providing a well-organized shop where you can buy a range of foods. Their meat and fish department is extensive, with a large selection of prepared foods at their deli. They have a wide variety of made to order gift baskets starting at $25 and they can provide local delivery. They also sell fresh sushi made daily on the premises. Fairly nice bakery section.
238 Main St South
Modern American restaurant. They celebrate and encourage local, organic and sustainably harvested food and spirits.
Marketplace Kitchen and Bar
641 Main St South, Woodbury
We’ve all been waiting for New Morning Natural & Organic to move to their new, expanded location and it’s finally happened. You can pretty much find anything you are looking for if you are in the market for organic and natural foods, supplements, gifts, all natural skin care products, prepared foods, bulk grains, seeds and nuts, fresh produce, eco-friendly products, meats, and baked goods. Check their website for daily specials of ready-to-eat natural and organic foods served at The Provender, their prepared foods counter. They offer a range of classes and lectures as part of their mission to educate people on achieving a sustainable, healthy lifestyle (again, check their website as some of these classes require a fee and registration).
New Morning Market
129 Main St North
If you appreciate tasty, fresh breads, pastries, pies, tarts, then you have reached the heavenly Ovens of France. They also make daily soups and great coffee. Most people tend to pick up the goodies and bring them home, but if you want to relax and indulge, you can sit at a table outside and savor a cup of fresh brewed coffee (their cappuccino is the best!) and a freshly made croissant.
Ovens of France
660 Main St South, Woodbury
The Olive Tree Restaurant serves delicious homemade cuisine. Full service dining room surrounded by windows and overlooks the outdoor patio. The perfect spot for a cozy meal or to celebrate any occasion.
The Olive Tree Restaurant
1204 Main St South, Woodbury
Located on Main Street, there are 16 taps of house-brewed ales and lagers as well as a full bar and live entertainment.
738 Main Street South, Woodbury
The Woodbury Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday from 3 – 6 pm, from July 7 to September.
Woodbury Farmers’ Market
717 Main St South, Woodbury