The New Kid
What was originally just a wine bar has grown into a full-service restaurant featuring elegant entrees
ARETHUSA AL TAVOLO was originally conceived as a simple wine bar. It grew into a full-scale restaurant and since opening in June it has been high on everyone’s list of must-go-to places. Created by George Malkemus and Tony Yurgaitis, owners of Manolo Blahnik shoes and Arethusa Farm, it is housed in the renovated brick building adjacent to their dairy creamery in Bantam.
The bar, to the left, offers a selection of beers and wines and its own menu of light fare. The center features the main restaurant, with honey-varnished floors and glossy wooden tables, where executive chef Dan Magill, who trained with Daniel Boulud, performs. For starters, from $9 to $17, try the quartet of Arethusa Farm “deviled eggs” stuffed with smoked trout, foie gras, beef tartar, and smoked salmon. Main courses, from $22 to $32, include the grilled center cut ribeye filet with polenta, broccoli rabe, tomato chutney, and mustard cream in a red wine sauce. For sheer comfort food, have the four-cheese ditalini with English peas, smoked bacon, green onions baked in an herb-crumb crust. Acacia honey-yogurt panna cotta, apple-ginger beignets, or Valrhona chocolate-amaretti tart are sure to please any sweet tooth.
Arethusa al Tavolo, 828 Bantam Rd., 860-567-0043