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Mar 24, 2009 01:41 PM

Westport Finds

Spotted next to Mansion Clam Bar on Riverside Ave: Julian's Brick Oven Pizza. Looks about to open, and I get a good vibe. If anyone tries it, please report back!

I've always meant to try DeRosa's, just down the block, which I hear is good everyday Italian.

Also nearby is Galaxy Cookies (47 Saugatuck Ave 203-226-9731), making some of the most meticulously balanced (and delicious) cookies I've ever tried.

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  1. Hi, I live nowhere near those places, but maybe I'll get there. One question: what is a balanced cookie? Sounds like wine. (Disclosure: I manage a wine shop in Maine) Chocolate chips/dough factor? Ya gotta love Chowhound.

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    1. re: Shooley

      Whenever I taste one of their cookies, I'm immediately struck by the precision of the recipes. A grain more or less sugar would be a grain too much or too little. The recipes are deftly conceived and carefully executed. Very thoughtful cookies.

    2. Julian's is also in Bridgeport and in Monroe (but it's not "chain like" in the least) - excellent pizza.

      1. De Rosa's has been there since the early 80's and was always good. They were an upscale offshoot of Mario's Place across from the train station. I had heard they actually opened a pizza place called: De Rosa's Brick Oven Pizza At the Firehouse which was near the main route 1 bridge downtown. That was a while back though.

        I always liked Westport Pizzaria on Main Street for regular "Italian style" pizza.

        Never heard of the cookie place, but Westport has a well known donut place called "Coffee An'donut Shop."

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        1. re: bewley

          used to live in the area - I never liked DeRosa's Pizza - Letitzia's in Wilton Blows it out of the water. I thought they closed the Firehouse a while back?

          The DeRosa restaurant is OK not a fave of mine. Further down the road in front of the Black Duck and across from Minuteman cleaners is a small storefront Italian (can't remember the name) place BYOB (at least last time I was there) and solid homestyle Italian. Like it much better than deRosa's.

          1. re: debvil

            The restaurant you're talking about is Tutti's. It's recommended by the Galaxy Cookies lady. I definitely need to go try it.

            1. re: Jim Leff

              my friend brought her own vodka fifth and tonic to make V&Ts with dinner. They didn't bat an eye. Nice people - Good food.

          2. re: bewley

            Oh my gosh!! I grew up in Westport, and when we lived in Saugutuck we used to go to DeRosa's all the time . . . the original, but I think more often the Firehouse one (it was so cool as a kid to know I was eating at a fire station). Don't really remember the food though.

            I DO remember the food at Westport Pizzeria, which I second as a great staple. After we moved from Saugutuck to downtown my dad used to take me there all the time and I would get slices with broccoli - theyll put whatever you want on the slice and stick it back in the oven for a few minutes - what kid voluntarily chooses broccoli for her pizza??? My dad also used to bring his own wine there, though it is not technically BYOB. They would keep it for him under the counter, DL style, but that was just something "for Herman."

            My dad was ALSO one of the first patrons at Mario's, back when that office building with the sculptures on the side was first constructed. I remember going in there when I was a kid and Mario would be around and my dad would say hi and start talking to him and I would think it was the coolest thing ever.

            Sorry to get so off-topic, but this post brought up some amazing nostalgia!

            1. re: bewley

              Just had lunch(an ok Turkey club, made with good quality, deli sliced, rather than the much-preferred roasted turkey)at Coffee An' yesterday. Overpriced($8.25 with a few pickle and potato chips- could have added coleslaw or decent potato salad for $2.40), as usual for Westport, but it has its certain charm- and the donuts are delish, and also expensive at $1.40+ depending on the variety.

              Across the street, Bogey's also has a decent and overpriced :) lunch. Better value at Bobby Q's, if you enjoy that kind of thing(I do- the Fatty's Bleu Balls are a heart attack on a plate, but sooo yummy).

              1. re: JenJeninCT

                I grew up in Westport. Whenever I go home to visit I have to go to "Coffee And" (for the donuts only-why waste the calories on anything else? Love the atmosphere, too.)
                Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield (Black Rock) is amazing, too-
                recently featured on Food Network. Westport is a GREAT town- but nothing special for food, imo.

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              1. I stop by the Coffee An' Donut Shop everytime I'm passing by Westport. It's a hole-in-the-wall type place with so-so coffee and annoying parking, but the donuts are fresh and delicious!! Worth the stop, the people are nice and it's always a beautiful drive through Westport even if to just get back onto 95...