Conveniently located by the Fairfield train station, 55 Wine Bar and Wood Grille is a great spot to get food in town. With its casual, yet chic, atmosphere, 55 was the perfect place for my roommates and I to unwind and enjoy dinner together after a long week.

To begin with, this restaurant recently underwent renovations, which made the environment fresh and modern compared to the old set-up. The interior design is contemporary, especially the wall of wine bottles on the top floor. The entrance was moved to the front of the restaurant, and the bar area was completely redone, having been moved from one side of the restaurant to the other.

As for the food, 55 offers modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. The eggplant parmesan appetizer, for example, was fried and topped with tomatoes, parmesan cheese and pesto rather than cooked in traditional Italian fashion, but was, nonetheless, incredible.

Appetizers included steamed mussels, crispy artichokes, grilled calamari and short rib mac & cheese, all for a range of $12-$14. In addition, there was an entire section containing a variety of different salads including: Caesar, Pear & Endive, Local Market, Shaved Brussels Sprout and many more, ranging from $10-$12.

The main course was filled with different plates to choose from. The pasta is all homemade, so naturally my roommates and I were all inclined to order a pasta dish. These indulgences included the Ricotta Gnocchi $20, Butternut Squash Panzoti $19 and the Spaghettini Vongole $23. There was also a specials menu that contained more options for each course.

Like all the other courses, the dessert menu was comprised of mouth-watering dishes; it was difficult to choose just one. Tiramisu, Nutella Crepes, Ricotta Cheesecake, Ice Cream, Gelato and Sorbets were just some of the options, all for $10 or less.

The service was great; everyone was friendly, welcoming and patient. Reservations were allowed and the environment was very relaxed. The restaurant was filled with friends sharing a drink at the bar or catching up over dinner, as well as several families gathering for a Friday night meal. There was certainly a strong sense of community and good vibes all around.

Overall, 55 Wine Bar and Wood Grille is definitely a restaurant everyone should experience. 55 is open Mondays-Thursdays from 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Friday from 12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. The restaurant also contains brunch and lunch menus, hosts events and private parties. Although the dishes might be a little pricey for the average college student, 55 is a great restaurant to go every once in a while, as well as a great place to bring visiting family or friends. The food is definitely worth the price.

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