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Hartford’s New Restaurant, Sorella, Is Open!

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 If you happened to be walking along Main Street Monday, you may have been one of the lucky ones to catch a flavorful whiff of something cooking from downtown’s newest restaurant, Sorella. Because the place, the newest venture by well-known restaurateurs Billy Carbone and Dan Keller is open for business!

Even though the opening was supposed to be a “soft” low key one, it didn’t take long for the lunchtime crowd to find the eatery that is serving up lunch and dinner Italian style beginning today.


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“There is no one downtown serving brick-oven pizza and I think we have a menu that is pretty unique,” said Keller about the place that boasts a 900-degree Italian-made brick oven for its Neapolitan-style pizza and a menu that includes house-made pasta, antipasto, Italian drafts and wines, and a décor that boasts oversized vintage black and white photos from the Keller, Carbone and Carbone families, as well as those from business partner Dr. Paul Bocciarelli’s personal albums. Bocciarelli’s father owned the former Brookside Tavern in Glastonbury.


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Located in space formerly occupied by Zula Bar and Restaurant, Sorella(conveniently located across the street from DISH,), means “sister,” will serve lunch six days and week and dinner seven days a week, Keller said. Executive chef is Joe Keane, who most recently was cooking further down Main Street at Peppercorns Grill.

It was no coincidence by the way that it opened on Veteran’s Day. “We all have had family who served in the armed services and just felt like it would be good karma to open in it on Veteran’s Day,” Keller said.

It’s On The Racks, CT Magazine’s 2013 Best of CT

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That time of the year again folks. The September issue of Connecticut Magazine is out and so is its coveted   “Best of Connecticut” list for 2013.

 The Hartford area has fared pretty well when it comes to who made the statewide “best of” list in categories including fun, dining, gift shops, spas and more, all part of the 16th annual edition compiled by magazine editors.

The Hartford area made its biggest mark when it comes to dining. Manchester’s Cosmic Omelet was named best “eggs” in the breakfast category with Daybreak Coffee Roasters in Glastonbury and JoJo’s Coffee Roasting Co. in Hartford making the list for best “coffee bars.”


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Firebox in Hartford was named best “farm-to-table” in the menu/cuisine category while the city’s Trumbull Kitchen was named best for its “gluten free” menu.

Tulmeadow Farm in Simsbury made the best “ice cream” list while Hartford DISH made it into one of the new categories, “Dog-Friendly Dining.”  But it’s not what you think.

The category highlights restaurants who may not serve Rover his own entrees tableside, but the family dog “is welcome to enjoy the atmosphere and a table scrap or two at the outdoor seating area on warm sunny days.”

The landmark Rein’s Deli in Vernon once again named best “deli” in the dining out “ETC.” category. Named best “Greasy Spoon” was Middletown’s Mo’s Midtown.


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Best new chef is Hartford On20’s Jeffrey Lizotte and best pastry chef, Millwright’s Kristin Eddy in Simsbury. Best tearoom went to Hartford’s Tisane and in the best “diners” category; Corey’s Catsup & Mustard, O’Rourke’s in Middletown and Parkside Café in Bristol all got the magazine’s nod.

Mondo in Middletown made the best “pizza” list and when it came to the best “neighborhood restaurant,” Hartford’s First & Last Tavern fit the best bill.

In the sandwich variations category, Plan B burger Bar with many locations including West Hartford and Simsbury made the “burger” grade, and on the best “barbecue” list, Smoking with Chris in Southington also pleased the editors.


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The list also includes a “Family” activity category and in the Hartford area Riverfront Miniature Golf in Farmington was a best place to go along with the Brownstone Discovery Park in Portland and Crocodile Cove Water Park at Lake Compounce in Bristol.

In the antiques category, shops including Antiques on the Farmington in Canton, the Flea Circus in Canton and Irreplaceable Artifacts in Middletown were all award winners.

And as far as services, Vinnie’s Jump & Jive community dance hall in Middletown was cited as an award winning place to learn how to dance.

For the entire list go here.

Restaurant Awards and New Restaurant in Hartford!

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Always so politically correct that Olympic coach Bela Karolyi.

The celeb coach was in town last week as part of the 2013 P & G Gymnastics Championships and as part of the event, participating in a “Capital City’s Taste of the Championships,” dine-around.

Karolyi, along with 1984 Olympic speed skating gold-medalist Johann Olav Koss, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, 2004 Olympic all-around champion Carly Patterson, 1984 Olympic gold-medalist, USA Gymnastics Board Chairman Peter Vidmar and USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny dined at the restaurants over a three-day period, with the intent of handing out gold, silver and bronze awards.

But everything was so good that this year everyone was a winner. Presented the “Nutrition Award” was Max Downtown while the “Most Creative Dish” award winner was Agave Grill. The “Carly Patterson Award” went to City Steam Brewery Café and honored for “Best Comfort Food” was Salute. The prestigious “ Bela Karolyi Award” went to Feng Asian Bistro while the “Mayor’s Award” went to DISH Bar & Grill.

Abillings1 (2)nd speaking of restaurants, another one is opening in Hartford and not where you would expect.

On August 28 “The Kitchen at Hartford Public Library” will open its doors at the Main Street main branch of the library. The new farm-to-table café, collaboration between Billings Forge Community Works and Hartford Public Library, will offer job training and permanent job placement services (through the library’s CT Works program) for Hartford residents.

Billings Forge also has a café at its complex on Broad Street in Hartford.

Ribbon cutting for the second location is at 10:15 a.m.

The restaurant will be serving breakfast, lunch and “to go” food Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Catering will also be available.  


Keller/Carbone To Open Another Hartford Restaurant

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dishGoodbye  “Zula” and Ciao  “Sorella!”

Many months after the mysterious, quick closing of the former Zula Bar and  Restaurant,  a couple of well-known Hartford restaurateurs are taking over the space.

DISH (in Hartford)  and Dish ‘n Dat (in Canton)  owners, Billy Carbone and Dan Keller will be opening ” Sorella” at 901 Main St. this summer, a new dining venture that will be all Italian.

“We have wanted to open a third restaurant and have been looking at different locations,”said Keller. “The Zula space is perfect because it is the perfect size and across the street  from DISH so we can easily watch over both,” he said. ” But Sorella (which translates to “sister”) will be a totally different restaurant with a totally different menu.

Carbone said the two have already ordered a wood-fired pizza over from Italy for the stone pies that will be part of the Sorella menu. The bulk of the menu will be based on the homemade pastas and sauces that will be made at the new place. Salads and a very extensive selection  of antipasto items will round out the lunch and  dinner menu.

“We want it to be the kind of menu that is meant to be shared,” said Keller, noting that the price point will also be very affordable.

 Keller and Carbone plan an Aug. 1 opening,  as work progresses on a renovation of the space. While the bar area will remain, the stage in the rear of the dining room is being removed. Besides the large main dining room, there will also be a private dining room located downstairs. Gone will be the harsh blue and silver interior and instead a soft, natural-toned decor, said Keller.The two also plan to pursue a rooftop lounge in the future.

 Keller said the new restaurant comes at a perfect time for the business partners. DISH is celebrating its sixth anniversary and Dish ‘n Dat its fourth anniversary this year.

“Sorella will be something new to downtown Hartford,” said Keller. “We can’t wait.”

“Fore” Tom Altmann’s Memory

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Final-Final 2010027It is that time of year again golfers and/or fans  of Tom Altmann, Hartford’s late, beloved restaurateur.

The 8th annual  “Final Final Open,”  an annual tournament honoring Altmann and benefiting “The First Tee Connecticut,” will be held on June 10 at Glastonbury Hills Country club. Proceeds from the event for to “The First Tee,” a world golf foundation that helps young people develop through golf and character education.

Cost is $250 a person or $900 for each foursome for the all-day event with reservations accepted to June 3.

For further information, contact Dan Keller at DISH, 860-249-3474.