Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Showcasing Summer's Best at Bar Sugo in Norwalk, CT

Sometimes I get to try restaurants that I've never been to, and sometimes I get to try new dishes at existing favorites, which was the case recently at Bar Sugo. I cannot say enough good things. It's a favorite of mine in general, whether I'm trying their smaller plates, pizzas, house made pastas, or fabulous brunch dishes. I've never been disappointed. 

Most recently, I experienced some of Chef/Owner Pat Pascarella's summer menu items, and was, once again, impressed. From gnocchi with sage, zucchini blossoms, and brown butter to heirloom polenta topped with wild mushrooms and a 60 minute sous vide egg, each dish was a hit. 

Bar Sugo also serves some of the best pizza I've ever had, and often with unexpected toppings that turn out to be magic. Last summer, my favorite was robiola, corn, almonds, and bacon jam. Sounds weird, right? I'm still craving it. For something more traditional, try the sopressata pie with caramelized onions and balsamic reduction. At this most recent meal, I tried a light, simple combination of mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil (from Chef Pat's garden), crowned with dollops of fresh burrata. Mmm....

You also cannot go wrong with Chef Pat's Cacio e Pepe, a classic rustic pasta dish of cheese and cracked black pepper. Comfort food at its finest. 

What is late summer without tomatoes? Try the panzanella salad, full of juicy heirlooms accented with pesto. I could have eaten a giant bowl of this. Their other, leafy salads are made with hydroponic lettuces from "Green Up," and vegetables (in the salad I tried, radishes) from Sport Hill Farm.

Have I made myself clear? Bar Sugo is a must-try.

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Bar Sugo is located at 102 Wall Street, Norwalk, CT 06850. Follow them on facebook for events, news, and more. 

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