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Bricco in Glastonbury

I am so excited to hear the word on the street around here is that Bricco will bo opening a new location at the former Sauce restaurant. I know tha last thing we need is another italian restaurant in this town but this is certainly welcome news!

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  1. I did read somewhere that he's opening a place in Glastonbury, not sure if it will be similar to Bricco's or Grant's. Can't go wrong with either one. Italian restaurants are experiencing quite the resurgance right now!

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    1. re: Meesch70

      I heard that too. I was going to post something on it but I did not want to start any rumors. I believe it will be a Bricco restaurant and not Grants. It will definitely be a welcome addition to town. I have not heard when they plan to open but there was not any work going on in the old Sauce space when I went by there yesterday so it may be a while. Jay

      1. re: JayCT

        What's going into the former Smith & Hawken space in Somerset Square, then? I had thought THAT was gonna be the next Billy Grant expansion...it deserves to be more than a garden shop.

        1. re: kattyeyes

          Word on the street is that the folks who own "Dish" in downtown Hartford are taking the old S&H space. And "Everything For The Kitchen" should be moving in to the Griswold Mall where Bertucci's and Pier One are.

          1. re: FoodieJim

            Ahhhhhh, good to know. Thanks! I had heard the same re EFTK and am pleased to read it will be back soon. That's a better location for them, too.

            As to Dish, I've never been...I just love the old S&H space and am so glad it will be a restaurant again. This is excellent news for the Glastonbury area and gives me hope things are turning around economically. Cheers to that!

            1. re: FoodieJim

              I wonder if it will be another "Dish N Dat"; I believe they are looking to expand that concept in CT.

      2. Drivng by the old Sauce location yesterday revealed brown paper covering the windows. ANy further info on whats going on?

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        1. re: sbxstr

          The Bricco rumor is a done deal. See original post above.

          1. re: FoodieJim

            It will be called Bricco Trattoria. And they're looking for a few good men & women:


        2. Great news about Bricco's..hope the location works out better for them..not the best lease on the block from what I hear.

          1. Dinner at Bricco last week

            Everything was just dandy...but why did it feel like the place has no energy...no soul...no one walking around asking about things, loooong waits between service...food...as good as it can be in the area..but honestly...if this was in New York or Boston...nothing to write home about...portions civilized but we left hungry...

            Lights too bright, cold....not temperature but atmosphere...

            Prices were reasonable..but was the bill small because we just didn't ant to order morew food?

            west hartford is never this way...almost too cut and dried...

            Just left feeling ...so so...almost bored...

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            1. re: jms123

              I guess I feel the opposite. What you call "energy" I call noise. Could be my age. The Glastonbury location feels much bigger and open to me. It is quieter and the bar is not the focus of attention as it sometimes seems in WH. In WH you have to listen to your neighbor's conversation (that is, when the noise level in the place is tolerable) and it always seems crowded. Food is about same- a very good thing. Service will improve with time (though I personally have not had any problems in my 3 visits).

              1. re: jms123

                Seems as though some of the bloom may be off the rose after a year. We last had dinner there in June 2010 on a Friday night and it was fully energized. The bar was SRO with no room to move. Very loud which we found a bit much. I know restaurants are designed acoustically this way to display "energy,' but we agree with thos ... noise is annoying. haven't been back for dinner, but we frequent the bar for Saturday lunch. Last Saturday we were the only ones there at 12:30 and the rest of the place was maybe 30% full. Still good food though. Hope they can pay the bills.

                1. re: sbxstr

                  I hope you can trust me to know the difference between energy and noise...I have had numerous meals at Grants and Briccos and always liked it...it depends on the kind of place...it wasnl;t noise I was looking for...just some vibe...maybe itls hard to explain...

                  The place was pretty empty...may have had something to do with basketball...but thats not the point...

                  no one seemed to be running the place...we waited about 5 minutes for a server to take our drink order...she was OK...but they may have under staffed a little...we sat in the wine cove...

                  I wasn't alone in my feelings...maybe just an off night...the food was Ok...but no one was blown away...

                  1. re: jms123

                    Maybe it's easier to explain by giving examples. What places in the area fit the bill? (I hear Firebox is very good, but don't know about the vibe).

                    1. re: thos

                      Sitting in Midway airport in Chicago...changing lanes for a quick weekend trip to Napa...looking for the vibe.

                      I went to Firebox last fall...on a Monday...was given a menu...server went through the gyrations...then she said...

                      "I'm sorry...on Mondays we onoly offer a bar manu"...snacks more than anything.

                      Not sure why we got the whole rundown before she explained it...table next to us had the same issue...

                      Food...what we got of it was prettty good...not many people but we were early...

                      A vibe is a combination of energy sources...in no particular order...customers,food, service and ambiance...it is hard to get a balance of all four...but when it happens...it creates a craving to go back...evrer been to Doyles in Jamaica Plain? (Boston)...

                      Another nice place is Vetri in PHiladelphia...look it up...that place had it all happening...

                      then...a completelyu different level...a place like Harry's in Colchester...after the beach on a hot summer night...just cant get any better vibe...(I wish the grill person would not squeeze the bugers so much...they think it helps them cook faster...

                      1. re: jms123

                        Squeezing a cooking burger?? Makes sense to me about Harry's.. I get the atmosphere, could NEVER understand the love for the burgers...quality (admittedly more the size) for the price..........THAT burger, anywhere else, wouldn;'t have the fans.....imo.