The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

CONFESSIONS OF A WANNABE PIZZAIOLO

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ABOVE: My homemade pizza, it’s all about the crust. [Sadly, I ran out of fresh mozzarella] 7/27/2009 All this talk about pizza is making me hungry. For a while now I’ve been making pizza at home, experimenting with dough recipes and technique and slowly, slowly getting better with each pie. Napoletana-style pies are the way […] [Read More]
Categories: General

LOLITA COCINA & TEQUILA BAR: DINNER THEATER

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LOLITA COCINA & TEQUILA BAR, 230 MILL STREET, GREENWICH [Chris couldn't join me for a trip here, so he graciously allowed me to guest blog. I think after this, our resident Mexican food snob will have to make an appearance in Greenwich!] Lolita had a lot to live up to Thursday night. Not because I’d been […] [Read More]
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STAMFORD PIZZA TOUR CROWNS AMORE ‘PIE KING’

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ABOVE: Alfonso Carozza from Amore explains what makes his pizza special in this short video. 7/23/2009 As the cornmeal dust settled, a victor emerged from the brick oven; the Stamford Pizza Tour announced their #1 pick in their pizza “tournament,” Amore Restaurant on Hope St. “We at the Stamford Pizza Tour can confidently say that […] [Read More]
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WAVE HILL UPDATE

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7/22/2009 Last month I wrote about the superb bread from Wave Hill Breads in Wilton, and its relative scarceness around Stamford. Co-owner Mithcell Rapoport checks in today telling me that in addition to Mrs. Green’s Natural Market, Wave Hill’s bread is available at both of the Wednesday farmer’s markets [Fashion Plaza and The Barlett Arboretum] […] [Read More]
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STAMFORD PIZZA THROWDOWN: VERDICT DROPS THURSDAY

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7/21/2009 The end is near. The Stamford Pizza Tour has taste-tested its finalists, tallied the votes, and is counting down to number one. Who makes the best pie in Stamford? Eight finalists took part in the contest – Sergio’s was “scratched” because they declined to provide a pie at no charge, proving there really is […] [Read More]
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UPDATED: CHEF TAIBE LEAVING NAPA & CO., PLANS WPT RESTAURANT

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ABOVE: Chef Bill Taibe of Napa & Co. in Stamford. 7/20/2009 UPDATED Stamford’s renowned Napa & Company is losing the executive chef who has been with restaurant since it opened three years ago. Chef Bill Taibe tells the LBC his last day at the restaurant will be Wednesday. Taibe, 33, a Weston resident, is planning […] [Read More]
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AT THE FARMER’S MARKET: ZUCCHINI BLOSSOMS

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ABOVE: Zucchini blossoms sold for $10-per-pound at the French Market in Stamford. 7/18/2009 The NPR Food podcast recently featured a segment on zucchini blossoms, something I’ve long been intrigued by never knew what do to with. Inspired by this, I headed down to the French Market in Stamford today in search of the yellow and […] [Read More]
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SUMMER OF SALSA: SHIITAKE MUSHROOM CHIMICHURI

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Not tired of salsa yet? Good. In case you haven’t been following, CP and I are celebrating summer by making a salsa every week. All the recipes are from the book Nueva Salsa by Rafael Palomino and Arlen Gargagliano. This week, number five, we made Shiitake Mushroom Chimichurri, paired with seared filet mignon. HERE’S WHAT […] [Read More]

WE ALL SCREAM FOR ARTISAN ICE CREAM

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7/16/2009 A couple of Fairfield County guys made the Daily Candy’s “What to do This Weekend” list today, albeit for an event in New York. Ben Van Leeuwen, who came up slinging cones for Good Humor on the means streets of Greenwich and Norwalk chocolate phenom Frtiz Knipschildt team up for an event on Sunday […] [Read More]
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CATCH A FIRE: BLUE SMOKE IN GREENWICH?

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7/15/2009 Greenwich Time staffer Neil Vigdor reports in today’s paper that the renovation of the former HoJo’s in Greenwich will feature a Blue Smoke Chophouse, “an upscale barbecue restaurant run by the owners of New York City’s famed Union Square Cafe.” This is exciting news as Blue Smoke’s brisket is totally decent. I tend to […] [Read More]
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