We recently visited Spiga located in downtown New Canaan Ct. We were excited to be dining at this eatery specializing in traditional Italian cuisine fused with a modern flair. The dishes are served “family style” which means large plates filled with your favorite dishes that are meant to be shared.
The menu may be filled with Italian classic cuisine, yet the interior is quite modern. The deep rectangular space is divided into long wooden tables, orange colored booths, and unique tables with attached swing out stools. The is also a long attractive bar where craft cocktails are available as well as an extensive wine list. At the rear of the restaurant is the open kitchen as well as a deli counter which makes one feel if they have stepped back in time into an Italian deli with cheeses hanging from the ceiling, and fresh made pastas available for sale.
The menu at Spiga follows the theme of traditional Italian cuisine infused with modern culinary touches. We were able sample along with our fellow guests a wide assortment of the chef’s handiwork. Fans of traditional Italian fare will be pleased with the selections of mozzerella, salumi ( a selection of Italian meats) , and an extensive list of pasta dishes. There is also a raw bar and we sampled the Double Tier, a beautifully presented selection of 6 oysters, 12 little necks, and 4 jumbo shrimp.
As an appetizer we sampled the tastefully executed and modern Avocado Crab Salad with fresh lump crab meat, avocado, , cherry tomatoes, grilled onions, corn, scallions, and complimented by a mango dressing. The menu abounds with both modern and traditional salads.
A must have at any Italian eatery is pasta and Spiga makes their own fresh pasta on site. The Gnocchi Bolognase was perfection, as was the Cioppino Fra Diavolo. For something more current, the Butternut Squash Gnocchi was filling as it was delicious. Just another way Spiga is blending traditional dishes with the modern culinary trends.
The Lobster Angolotti was a fantastic pasta dish which is similar to lobster ravioli and served in black squid ink. A delicious dish.
Main course selections are plentiful at Spiga as are oven fired pizzas. Poultry, pork, beef and seafood dishes are plentiful. For our main course we really savored the Montauk Tuna, seared fresh Ahi tuna encrusted w/ sesame seeds on a bed of avocado puree served w/ cannellini beans, heirloom tomatoes, charred sweet onions, corn, citrus dressing. A fresh delicious dish we did not expect from Spiga but is proof of the kitchen philosophy of serving innovative cuisine alongside classic dishes we all love.
If you are planning to dine at Spiga, bring your appetite and bring the family (friends too). Mangia!
134 Main Street New Canaan Ct
website >>> http://www.eatatspiga.com
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