Saturday, January 28, 2017


Nowhere can you find more old world charm, with the distinct flavor of Italy, in New Haven, than on Wooster Street.  It fairly oozes tomato sauce and garlic cloves as it draws you tantalizingly down the block.  One sure stop along the way, after a myriad of  selections of places to pick up a slice of thin crust heaven is the special family restaurant run by four generations of food connoisseurs, known as Consiglio's.

For more than seven decades, Consiglio's has opened its doors, and in the summer its garden patio, to a virtual cornucopia of savory treats.  Mystery theater has been offered over the past several years, led by that master showman Michael Sayers, as well as cooking classes on site with a seasoned chef to watch, learn and then enjoy a number of favorite dishes.  Coming up are the mystery shows Heartbreaker, in honor of Valentine's Day, on Friday, February 17 and The Return of the Italian Leprechaun for St Patrick's Day on Friday, March 16. Dinner and show are $55 plus tax and tip with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m.

Cooking classes on January 26, February 9 and 16 are already fully booked but there is still space on April 13 and 27 at 6:30 p.m. for such dishes as stuffed porkloin and Italian Kitchen pasta with homemade meatballs.  Cooking classes are $65 and include a full multi-course meal.

Now Consiglio's is ready to start a new tradition:  Sunday Cucina Family Dinners, so get your appetite and taste buds ready to indulge.  Beginning at 1 p.m and offered until 9 p.m., you will have your choice of four courses.  This old school Italian meal will be served family style starting with a tasty selection of imported cheeses married to Genoa salami, with firm colorful olives, tangy roasted red peppers and pepperondini served over a bed of fresh greens.  That's antipasto to the uninitiated.

No meal would be complete without a pasta course and here we have a piping hot bowl stuffed to the brim with rigatoni, surrounded by a crowning of Nonna's homemade meatballs, sweet Italian sausage and Braciole, dressed in a zesty and flavorful house meat sauce.  For the Carne course, prepare your tongue for the Chef's selection of vegetables surrounding generous portions of Chicken Piccata and Roast Pork Marsala, both entrees like a ticket to foreign shores of culinary delight.

Be sure to leave room for the final sweet ending, Dolci, featuring a platter of assorted cookies and Italian pastries.
For reservations ($29.95), call Consiglio's Restaurant, 165 Wooster Street, New Haven at 203-865-4489 or go online at for more information.

Come discover the unique style of Italian cooking known as Cucina at the authentic Wooster Street home of Italy reborn in New Haven: Consiglio's.  Buon Appetito!

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