La Zingara in Bethel, Connecticut is a highly regarded Italian restaurant serving up traditional cuisine with a contemporary twist. The restaurant ranks high with Zagat, and owners Thomas Giudice and Lisa Tassone were invited as guest chefs to the James Beard House in New York City last year. While well-known for their outstanding lunch and dinner menus and an expansive wine selection, their Sunday brunch is not to be missed: at only $28 dollars, guests are served three courses, live music, and unlimited bellinis or Bloody Mary’s.
My brother and I experienced La Zingara’s brunch for the first time a few weeks ago. The restaurant was packed with jovial diners, and local musician Billy Michael tirelessly played upbeat classics. The portions were generous – I had an incredible asparagus soup, followed by Uovo con Spinaci e Proscuitto Cotto (poached eggs over a toasted English muffin with bacon, arugula, fresh tomato and salsa verde, served with home fried potatoes) and barely had room for a dessert of tiramisu. Ah yes, and the bellinis did flow endlessly.
Another great thing about La Zingara is their rooftop bar and eatery, ECCO. They serve small plates and rotate craft beers on tap. A good place to sit, enjoy the open air, and digest brunch.
For more information about La Zingara, visit lazingararistorante.com or call (203)744-7500.