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Friday, March 24, 2017

Pizzeria Verità to Buy Trattoria Delia and Sotto Enoteca

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 5:20 PM

Griffeon Chuba with a hot pie at Pizzeria Verità - FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
  • File: Matthew Thorsen
  • Griffeon Chuba with a hot pie at Pizzeria Verità
The owners of Pizzeria Verità, a popular Italian restaurant on St. Paul Street in Burlington, have been looking to expand their business for some time. They checked out possibilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Portland, Maine, among other places, co-owner Leslie McCrorey Wells told Seven Days.

Then they looked at a bit closer to home — next door — and made a deal.

Wells and her business partner, John Rao, are buying Trattoria Delia and Sotto Enoteca from Tom and Lori Delia. The Delias opened "Tratt" 24 years ago. The Italian restaurant a few steps north of Verità is known for its antipasto platter, housemade pastas and filet mignon, among other specialties. Sotto is the associated wine bar next door that serves mainly small plates, craft cocktails and, of course, wine.

The new owners expect to take over the neighboring establishments in the second week of April, according to Wells.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Future Honey Road Restaurant Continues Pop-Up Series

Posted By on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 12:40 PM

Eastern Mediterranean bites at Honey Road's March 6 pop-up - JULIA CLANCY
  • Julia Clancy
  • Eastern Mediterranean bites at Honey Road's March 6 pop-up
On Monday, March 6, Burlington's Monarch & the Milkweed transformed from a boutique “fine diner” to a softly lit watering hole complete with candlelight gleaming on blush-colored wine glasses. The scene was lush enough for a night out, yet aptly cozy for Monday evening.

Locals chattered and laughed, elbow-to-elbow at the bar top or tucked into modest corner tables; instrumental guitar and lilting vocals kept tune in the background. Monarch’s tiny dining room was amiably packed with folks relaxing into the second installment of a multi-part pop-up series from Burlington’s forthcoming Honey Road restaurant — an Eastern Mediterranean spot to be helmed by co-owners Cara Chigazola-Tobin and Allison Gibson.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Margaritas and More at the Revamped Montpelier Mad Taco

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The redesign of the Montpelier Mad Taco - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • The redesign of the Montpelier Mad Taco
In December, we learned that the team behind the Mad Taco would be renovating the Montpelier location. Previously a Subway, the spot had retained a fast-food feel in its transition to tacos. Owners Joey Nagy and Wes Hamilton, also the team behind Cast Iron Catering, aimed to beautify the space and make it more inviting for lengthy hangouts, rather than quick drop-ins.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Breakwater Café Closes, Will Be Second Location for the Spot

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 6:20 PM

Burger, fries and booze at Breakwater - COURTESY OF BREAKWATER CAFÉ & GRILL
  • Courtesy of Breakwater Café & Grill
  • Burger, fries and booze at Breakwater
Updated February 21 with additional details on the new Spot location.

This week, Al and Kim Gobeille announced via social media that they are closing Breakwater Café & Grill, the dockside pub at the bottom of King Street. "It is so hard to share the news that we have decided to move on as owners and operators of this great place," the couple wrote on Breakwater's  Facebook page.

Al Gobeille - FILE | MATTHEW THORSEN
  • File | Matthew Thorsen
  • Al Gobeille
Though they declined to cite a reason for the closure, the Gobeilles added that they'd continue running their other two waterfront businesses, Shanty on the Shore and Burlington Bay Market & Café. And they wished their customers and past employees "fair skies, light breezes and beautiful sunsets."

After playing phone tag with a reporter between meetings on Friday, Al Gobeille ultimately could not be reached for comment. That's not surprising: He's a busy man. In addition to running his restaurants, Gobeille chaired the Green Mountain Care Board since 2013. In December, Gov. Phil Scott tapped him to be secretary of the Agency of Human Services.

But all is not lost for the popular lakeside pub. This summer, it will be reborn as a second location for the Spot, confirmed general manager Shannon Lipkin. She said that owner Russ Scully plans to renovate the building and open in mid-May.

According to permitting documents filed with the city of Burlington on February 17, the new location will be called the Spot on the Dock.


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Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Bar Debuts on February 20

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:21 PM

A tasting feast at Dedalus Wine - DEDALUS / JESSICA SIPE
  • Dedalus / Jessica Sipe
  • A tasting feast at Dedalus Wine
Raise a glass! The new Dedalus Wine aims to open its doors at 388 Pine Street on Monday, February 20. The longtime Burlington wine store is leaving its current quarters at 180 Battery Street for an expanded spot promising much more than just wine.

Along with an enormous range of bottles, the warehouse-size space — formerly home to Burlington Furniture Company — will also house a curated stock of charcuterie, imported specialty goods, cheeses and breads, plus a full-menu wine bar open seven days a week.

Dedalus owner Jason Zuliani recently gave me a sneak peek inside. Spoiler alert: My tour ended with a tasting of the current menu, which turned into a two-hour feast sluiced with wine samples and enough cheese to make even pro Catherine Donnelly blush. But let’s begin with the tour.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road: A Tea Tasting Dinner at Stone Leaf Teahouse

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 8:57 AM

Handmade silken tofu, one of the courses in a 13-part tea tasting dinner - JULIA CLANCY
  • Julia Clancy
  • Handmade silken tofu, one of the courses in a 13-part tea tasting dinner
I walked into Stone Leaf Teahouse on Sunday, January 22, at 5 p.m., when the Marble Works hangout is usually shuttered for the weekend. That evening, the small space was lit up, crowded with a couple dozen people sipping house-roasted Hojicha tea and nibbling sliced mandarins dusted with ruby-hued togarashi.

We were all here for the 13-part tasting menu from Burlington-based chef Richard Witting of Isole Dinner Club. The dinner — itself a type of pilgrimage, we would soon find out — featured tastings of specialty teas courtesy of two local tea savants: John Wetzel of Stone Leaf and Ben Youngbaer of Setting Sun Tea Hut.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Leunig's Petit Bijou Open at Church Street Marketplace Kiosk

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 10:18 AM

Beignets and hot chocolate at Leunig's Petit Bijou - JULIA CLANCY
  • Julia Clancy
  • Beignets and hot chocolate at Leunig's Petit Bijou
Leunig's Petit Bijou opened New Year’s weekend in the petit kiosk on the corner of Church and College streets. Formerly home to Bluebird Coffee Stop, the spot now belongs to nearby Leunig’s Bistro & Café, helmed by co-owners Bob Conlon and executive chef Donnell Collins.

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First Bite: A Taste of One Radish in Richmond

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Pulled pork sandwich at One Radish - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • Pulled pork sandwich at One Radish
On December 1, Jessica and Ryan Bunce, the owners of Burlington's Barrio Bakery, launched their second business. The breakfast and lunch spot, One Radish, is located in Richmond, in the building that used to house Parkside Kitchen, and, before that, On the Rise Bakery. There, the Bunces serve typical, comforting fare made simply with great ingredients.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Honey Road to Serve Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine in Burlington

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 8:33 AM

Lamb and cabbage sarma with sweet potato purée and crispy hen-of-the-woods mushrooms - COURTESY OF ALIZA ELIAZAROV
  • Courtesy of Aliza Eliazarov
  • Lamb and cabbage sarma with sweet potato purée and crispy hen-of-the-woods mushrooms
Honey flows freely from the heart of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. It’s revered as much for its nuanced sweetness as it is for cultural indications such as happiness and health, vitality and divinity. It’s fitting, then, that Honey Road — one of Vermont’s first major restaurant openings in 2017 — is setting up in a small state with some 2,000 beekeepers and 11,000 hives.

The restaurant aims to open in downtown Burlington by late winter or early spring (the exact location will be revealed once permits are secured). The story of Honey Road starts with the powerful partnership of two restaurant stalwarts: chef Cara Chigazola-Tobin, former chef de cuisine of Boston’s James Beard Award-winning restaurant Oleana, and Allison Gibson, the operations director and drink expert behind Vermont’s Hen of the Wood and Doc Ponds, and former dining room manager at Shelburne Farms Inn.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

A Taste of Picnic Social's Brunch in Stowe

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Avocado toast with pork belly at Picnic Social - JON BACON
  • Jon Bacon
  • Avocado toast with pork belly at Picnic Social
One of the most fun meals I ate in 2016 was at Stowe's Picnic Social, which is located inside of Field Guide, a boutique hotel on the Mountain Road. In between bites of nearly everything on the menu, my guest and I played cornhole and tabletop shuffleboard. We joked around with the staff. Best of all, the food and drinks tasted great.

So, when I found out that the spot would be adding brunch on December 10, I couldn't wait to try it out. Just an hour after brunch service debuted, I showed up with a friend to sample the wares. Only one other party preceded us, but, as we ate, more and more folks trickled in.

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