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Paolino's Way (Camden ME) selected as top ten farm-to-table

Maria Rodale of Rodale Inc. just picked Paolino's Way as one of the top 10 farm-to-table resto's in America. Pretty cool! We've only eaten there once right after it opened, and it was absolutely splendid- a four cheese pizza with perfect crispy-chewy crust, a green salad with their house blueberry vinaigrette was crisp and sweet, and the hazelnut gelato was divine. I have heard that they're hit or miss, so no telling what the current status is, but it's always nice to see our local places highlighted- especially when they aren't the usual suspects.

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  1. Thanks for pointing it out! If you believe the reviews on various sites...you're right...it's been a little mixed...but I've been there a few times and I can only speak for myself - it's been great every time.

    Any guesses as to the "other" restaurant she said she thought would make the list..but didn't?

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    1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

      She did say right down the road- I feel like Primo and Francine could both fit the bill for farm-to-table, esp Primo, as they have their own on-site garden, and even sell farm-fresh eggs when they have an abundance. But it was NOT including Primo that made me so pleased here... not that I don't love them, but they get plenty of love from all over. It's nice to see a resto that is both less established and more affordable on the list.

    2. Another local gem, a little further downeast:
      http://www.farmkitchentable.com/

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      1. re: Passadumkeg

        Thanks for the tip- we rarely make it to Blue Hill, especially after moving from Rockland to Bath recently, but will certainly keep this in mind!

        1. re: Passadumkeg

          Take it from the web site/link that they didn't re-open this summer. There other venue is Cleonice, anyone been there recently? How is it?

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          Cleonice
          112 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605

          1. re: qianning

            We go to Cleonice almost once a week during the summer. We enjoy it thoroughly and the menu continues to evolve. We especially enjoy the Thursday night "raw bar" and the special offerings that go with it.

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            Cleonice
            112 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605

            1. re: Passadumkeg

              Thanks for the info, glad to have an up-to-date report. If we went it would be on a Saturday evening, reservations reccommended?

              1. re: qianning

                Yes.

                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  thanks again.

                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                    We went to Cleonice for dinner this past Saturday evening, and had both a wonderful meal (a wide selection of small plates) and a great time. The staff couldn't have been nicer, the food was fresh and well executed, the bar and wine selection wonderful.

                    Thanks for the advice Passadumkeg, much appreciated.

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                    Cleonice
                    112 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605

                    1. re: qianning

                      I am so craving Cleonice and Maine seafood right now.

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                      Cleonice
                      112 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605

                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                        except for one very long year in erie pa of all places, i've never lived more than an hour or so from a seacoast, usually less, not sure i could do it.

          2. Visiting last summer, didn't want to leave the dog in our room at the Lord Camden so we got a lobster pizza and a shrimp pizza to go. Both were among the best pizzas I've ever had. One had fresh pea shoots on top that just made it incredible. Very nice to see them get some recognition.

            1. Thanks for this post, we walked past this and found it intriguing but went elsewhere instead. It's actually called "Paolina's Way" (Wouldn't want to upset her.) :)