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Dec 27, 2011 06:01 PM

Georgetown, CT - mini-update

So for the handful of us who frequent the Georgetown district....

Moving south on Route 7 from Route 102:

Tusk & Cup has opened in the space formerly occupied part of the year by H&R Block. Owned by members of the Ancona family (who own the building - which was the original Ancona's Market building), this new addition to the neighborhood has various types of coffee, teas, etc., pastries, sandwiches, et al. Looks cute from the outside but, since I'm completely addicted to Starbuck's Chai, I haven't been in there yet. As soon as the kids go back to school, I'll stop in for a snack and see what it's like. Anyone try it yet?

One block south, the restaurant that was Amici's, then something else (Mexican?), etc. is under renovation...again. A sign went up a few weeks ago annoucing "La Piazza" - something about a Wine Bar and clearly Italian. They just put a "greenhouse" type of window opening at the front. I guess hoping some people want a view of the traffic on Route 7 and the mechanic across the street as accompaniment to their meals, lol. No other news. Anyone else know when it's scheduled to open or whose behind it?

And moving to the intersection of Route 107 - Caraluzzis put up signs announcing that the space formerly used by Yankee Doodle now undergoing renovation will be use to support an expanded produce and deli section, as well as a "cafe."

Personally, I'm still holding out hope for a good ethnic restaurant in that shopping center....but I guess beggars can't be choosers. (We've been schlepping to Hunan Cafe in Wilton for take-out and, while it's definitely the best option around, it's really a little too far for true convenience.)

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  1. I noticed the work going on at the upcoming La Piazza. It's a wine bar, so I'll give it a shot when it opens.

    I used to work near what's now called "Minny Vinny's" in Georgetown, near Rancho Allegre. My office used to get sandwiches there all the time for lunch. But then my office moved to Ridgefield and I hadn't been back in a couple years. Although the same owner is there, I was shocked to see the inside of the place practically barren. It used to have a major hot food area as well as a lot of deli meat, salads, and a fair amount of baked goods and such. But wow, much emptier. What prompted me to stop in was the smoker out front. You can't miss it really. So, I ordered some pulled pork, and it was very good! I liked it a lot. I'm not sure if there's any other reason to go there, but that pulled pork will have me coming back.

    3 Replies
    1. re: TrishUntrapped

      I agree regarding Minny Vinny's - the barbecue is some of the best I've ever had, and I've been to all the best places in Memphis and elsewhere. There's definitely nothing comparable in Fairfield County. The place looks quite skanky and could do with a clean up but don't let that deter you from trying their pulled pork and brisket. I've had take-out from there twice in the last few weeks and will definitely go back soon.

      1. re: SwedeinCT

        Swede, thanks for the tip, I'll try the brisket next time. Funny what you find in the most unlikely spots.

      2. re: TrishUntrapped

        I have to agree with SwedeninCT. They have found a hit with their BBQ, so maybe they are concentrating more on that instead of your basic deli. I am from South Georgia and I can tell you that even though the atmosphere has nothing to offer, the best BBQ comes from places that are "skanky". I guess they concentrate on the time it takes to truly smoke BBQ. Can't beat this place for pulled pork sandwich or it's mac and cheese.

      3. Olive Market has a Groupon running now- $10 for $20- an inexpensive way to give them a try if you haven't. They are 1 of my favorites in the area.