Restaurant: Tarry Lodge – Westport, Connecticut
When you are hankering for: Italian – with all the courses, as meals were intended. Antipasti, insalate, wood-fired pizza, pasta, secondi, contorni, and desserti! We will have one of each, please 😁
Post sponsored by Tarry Lodge Westport
Occasion: Where else would we go to celebrate the launch of Unlocking Fairfield and our first FOOD blog post?!
Tarry Lodge comes with a side of celebrity chef – and who doesn’t love celebrity chefs? It’s the brainchild of Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich (notable restaurateur, plus Lidia Bastianich is his mom), Andy Nusser, and Nancy Selzer. The team opened their first Tarry Lodge in Port Chester in 2008 and went on to open their second Tarry Lodge in Westport in 2011.
Here’s the deal blog-newcomers…we show you around, we show you what we ate, we make you drool. Got it? Let’s go!
Save yourself the trouble of Googling what certain ingredients are under the table and ask your friendly server to give you a tour around the menu. Molly walked us through each course with obvious knowledge and expertise and helped us plan our “one of each” meal.
Unfortunately, certain delicacies are wasted on us such as wood-fired bone marrow; but you can be sure if Mario came out and told us to try it, we would.
House-made ricotta with beets agrodolce & crostini
Farro with seasonal squash and stracciatella
Farro, once used in Egyptian bread making, is the grain of the moment. We loved this dish. Perfect chewy texture! Yum.
Squash with ricotta, speck, and hot honey. The smell of crispy sage was incredible.
Garganelli with funghi trifolati
This was a new pasta shape for us (ever wondered how many there are?!)…we loved this delicious hand-rolled pasta shaped like little croissants. Taste + texture = the “spot on, delicious” emoji👌
All washed down with a glass of Bastianich Vespa. Perfection.
We couldn’t fit in any secondi or contorni, but of course, we had room left for…
We couldn’t resist the maple Mascarpone cheesecake with almond brittle & vanilla gelato
Things you should know…
- All pasta is available gluten-free.
- The menu is available for takeout and delivery. Orders can be placed online, via app, or by phone.
- Inspired by your meal? Buy one of Mario Batali or Joe Bastianich’s books!
- Visit the other two Tarry Lodge restaurants in Port Chester and New Haven
Chef James Picolo
Always fun to sit at the marble counter to dine and watch your pie being tossed, topped, and slung into the Mugnaini pizza oven!Bev’s favorite thing: The farro salad – so good, and that pizza!
Lora’s favorite thing: The varied menu and the fact that EVERYTHING I tasted was amaze…
30 Charles Street, Westport, CT 06880
203 571 1038
Pics: Lora Karam / Words: Bev Canepari