Wonder in the Woods
Taking in the Winvian Experience
The sleek silver Mercedes arrived at my house and within minutes we were cruising through the gates of Winvian. The restaurant, spa, and inn is situated on 113 acres, with a main lodge that houses the restaurant, a separate spa, plus 18 cottages spread about the property.
After drinks in the solarium, restaurant manager Giovanni De Nardis escorted us to the dining room. The forest-green space has as its focal point an inviting fireplace. The room is small and cozy. We had the prix fixe three-course dinner priced at $85. Winvian also offers a tasting menu at $125 a person. Before we ordered, our server brought out the thinnest salmon carpaccio, marinated in tequila and citrus.
For a first course, I chose the Black Nocchette—half-round, handmade-pasta served with Maine diver scallops, mussels, and squid. My dinner companion ordered the escargots with black truffle essence, prosciutto, and parmesan. Giovanni matched our dishes with white Sancerre. Our main courses consisted of roasted halibut with cauliflower risolette, foie gras, and Madeira; and a beautiful veal loin chop with gnocchi Parisienne and wild mushrooms. With these Giovanni suggested a Louis Latour Pinot Noir. Before dessert we had a lovely tapioca with lemon curd. That didn’t deter us from trying the sampling of desserts: three cheeses with thinly sliced toasts with honey; and a three-sweet sampler, including an out-of-this-world crème brulee.
The service is impeccable—the Mercedes-Benz pickup and dropoff if you live within 15 minutes is a nice touch (available for cost to those living further away). The wait staff is attentive but not overbearing. Executive chef Chris Eddy is a treasure and is cooking up some of the best food in Litchfield County.
WINVIAN 155 Alain White Way, Morris, 860-567-9600 E