Rizzuto’s Restaurant & Bar, West Hartford, CT

Rizzuto’s Restaurant & Bar, West Hartford, CT

Rizzuto’s is one of five full-service restaurants in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square shopping and dining area. The Rizzuto’s brand has four locations in Connecticut – Stamford, Westport, Bethel and West Hartford, which opened in 2008. The West Hartford location is known for its rustic Italian menu and stone-fired Neapolitan pizzas.

Rizzuto's is one of five full-service restaurants in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square

Rizzuto’s is one of five full-service restaurants in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square

The restaurant offers Happy Hour specials Monday thru Friday from 4-7 pm and some evenings at later times.

The restaurant offers Happy Hour specials Monday thru Friday from 4-7 pm and some evenings at later times

The restaurant offers Happy Hour specials Monday thru Friday from 4-7 pm and some evenings at later times

I had been to Rizzuto’s happy hour previously, when they offered drink specials and complimentary counter snacks and nibbles. We enjoyed it then, but recently the restaurant revamped their Happy Hour menu and I think it’s for the better.

The Happy Hour menu now features many drink specials for $5; including sparkling Prosecco!

The Happy Hour menu now features many drink specials for $5; including sparkling Prosecco!

The Happy Hour menu now features many drink specials for $5; including sparkling Prosecco!

Additionally, it has a great small bites menu with most items priced from $3 – $6.

Rizzuto's has a great small bites menu with most items priced from $3 - $6.

Rizzuto’s has a great small bites menu with most items priced from $3 – $6.

My friend Katie and I recently went to Rizzuto’s for Happy Hour prior to attending an advanced screening of the movie The Hundred-Foot Journey, which we loved. It’s a beautiful movie – perfect for foodies, like myself. Be sure to eat before you go to this movie or you will be hungry!

We started out with a few Happy Hour nibbles. We ordered the crab and sweet corn fritters with cilantro and basil salsa verde. The fritters were nicely crispy and not at all greasy, but were largely the batter filler. They could have used more crab and corn inside.

Crab and sweet corn fritters with cilantro and basil salsa verde

Crab and sweet corn fritters with cilantro and basil salsa verde

We also ordered the Black Angus sliders with tomato jam, which were paired with matchstick fries. The burgers were very juicy and flavorful and set on top of a homemade bun. The matchstick fries were a nice accompaniment.

Black Angus sliders with tomato jam

Black Angus sliders with tomato jam

Lastly, we ordered the margherita pizza. It had a great crust that was crispy on the outside, but slightly doughy on the inside. The basil, tomato and mozzarella toppings were very fresh.

Margherita pizza

Margherita pizza

Knowing that we’d be at the movie until after 9, we opted to share an order of the baby arugula salad and the cavatelli pesto chicken entrée. We had tasted this pasta dish before and knew it was delicious – and it was again.

Cavatelli pesto chicken entrée, I snuck a bite from the corner before we snapped a pic - oops!

Cavatelli pesto chicken entrée, I snuck a bite from the corner before we snapped a pic – oops!

The cavatelli pesto chicken entrée has grilled chicken, basil pesto, roasted tomatoes and light cream. It’s a very rich dish – I’m glad we shared it.

We had a great selection of food before walking to the movie theater. Rizzuto’s Happy Hour is a fun stop in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square. I’m glad to have tried their mid-summer revamped Happy Hour menu and am sure we will be back again soon!

 

Have you tried any of the Rizzuto restaurants in Connecticut?

Have you seen the movie “The Hundred-Foot Journey?”

Where’s your favorite place for happy hour?

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