Monday, July 22, 2013


Paul Lombardo, Michael Sayers, Justin LeConche, Christopher Polack, Karyn Burns

Wooster Street in New Haven should be your delicious and devilish destination at least a trio of times this summer as Consiglio's Restaurant flies a flag of fun and frolic.  This famous family dining spot known for over seven decades for its fine tradition of Italian food has jumped fork first into the entertainment business.

Dinner theater is definitely on the menu along with the bruscetta and penne vodka and you're invited to partake in the festivities, starting on Friday, July 25.  Put on your crime solving hats to accuse the master murderer in "The Butler Did It,"  an interactive mystery penned by the writing sleuth/actor Michael Sayers who will guide you through the clues.  You'll not only witness the victim's demise, you'll be front and center to point the accusing finger at....Billy, Betty or Buddy Butler, or at Jeeves, the butler.  The now permanently late billionaire Beauford Butler has been done in and you can discover the culprit!

On Saturday, August 10, the menu will feature "Solo Duo Duet" billed as a fun-filled comedy and variety show, with special guest James Noble, best known as Governor Gatling on the TV show "Benson" providing a staged reading of Frederick Stroppel's "The Candidate,"  a politician who has apologies for his constituency about his conduct. Plan to sing along with spirit with the musical numbers.

The final summer offering will be a totally improv murder mystery, "Now You've Done It!" where you, the audience members, play a major role by providing the motive, means and murdered suspect for a fine team of improv actors to use to frame the story and then you get to solve the crime.

All three evenings begin with dinner at 6 p.m. with the choice of appetizers (5) like fried calamari,  followed by entrees (8) like cheese ravioli puttanesca with shrimp, ending with a sweet dessert (3) like chocolate mousse cake.  For reservations ($55, tax, tip and beverages not included), call Consiglio's, 165 Wooster Street, New Haven at 203- 865-4489   or online at  Free parking is available at their lot a half block from the restaurant.  Also on the menu are cooking demonstrations that are already scheduled for August 15, September 12, 18, and 26, October 3, 10, 17, and 24 and November 7, 14, and 28.  The $65 event includes the demonstration, a four-course meal and a recipe booklet.  These sell out quickly so book early so you are not disappointed.

Enjoy the food, the ambiance and the fun at Consiglio's. Mangia!

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