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Dec 1, 2010 06:00 AM

Hen of the Wood or Pane e Salute?

Hi all,
Any thoughts on which is the better pick between the two? I'm most concerned with quality & style of food, though wine options are a consideration as well...

Hen of the Wood
92 Stowe St Ste 1, Waterbury, VT 05676

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  1. I've never been to Pane e Salute (don't even know where it is) but Hen of the Wood is one of the best restaurants in all of Vermont. I consistently gets good ratings from even the most particular of Vermont Foodies. :)

    Hen of the Wood
    92 Stowe St Ste 1, Waterbury, VT 05676

    3 Replies
    1. re: Morganna

      Here is my 3 cents:

      1. I have never dined at Pane e Salute and do not personally know anyone that has. I checked out their website and found it annoying for lack of a better word.

      2. Hen of the Wood is great. Food, service, ambiance, and wine list are all excellent. During December, you can pick an appetizer, entree, and cheese for $35 Tuesday - Thursday which is a GREAT deal.

      3. I would also visit as another option.

      Hen of the Wood
      92 Stowe St Ste 1, Waterbury, VT 05676

      1. re: TonyO

        I agree that Pane e Salute's website is somewhat user-unfriendly, but don't miss out on a unique restaurant that is one of the best I've dined in. The owners, Deirdre Heekin and her husband Caleb, have spent time in Italy and are completely devoted to creating an authentic rustic Italian dining experience in Woodstock, VT, where they've been for years. The wine list is all-Italian, handpicked wines of great pedigree (though not expensive) and the food is inspired. Check out Deirdre's book: "Libation: A Bitter Alchemy" which she wrote chronicling their travels and then their experience creating their restaurant and learning how to make the unique spirits that they also serve. They are now growing grapes, making their own wine.

        1. re: Shooley

          Thanks Shooley..............if I am in the area, I'll try to check them out...