55 Wine Bar

55 Miller St., Fairfield, CT

**** out of *****

$$$ out of $$$$

Hours of operation:

Mon-Thur 5:00-10:00

Friday and Saturday 5:00-11:00

Sunday 5:00-9:00

Bar open late

Right near the Fairfield Train Station is 55 Wine Bar. Their wines by the glass are quite good and pair well with their Mediterranean cuisine. They have a country club-like atmosphere with high ceilings that make it perfect for an upscale date night. In the warmer seasons, outdoor seating is available. Although the inside is so elegant you will most likely want to dine indoors. The service is also great and the friendly owners tend to be on-site. I suggest making a reservation and even taking your parents when they come for a visit. Here are my recommendations:

Small Plates:

55° Antipasti: prosciutto, pepperoni, house mozzarella, marinated mushrooms, tomato jam and parmesan. This plate offers the perfect bite-sized snacks to complement any wine. I definitely recommend ordering one if you are dragging out your first course with a few glasses of wine.

Veal Meatballs: marinara, grilled ciabatta, parmesan. These meatballs have pine nuts and raisins in them that make them out of the ordinary. The texture is crunchy and interesting -definitely worth trying. Do not order these if you are looking for a classic meatball.

Caprese Salad: Bufala Mozzarella, heirloom tomato and fresh basil. This is an excellent classic Italian dish and the juicy heirloom tomato pairs well with the creamy mozzarella and basil.

Pizza: All of the homemade pizzas are great and are good appetizers to split. They are thin like a flatbread and the plain cheese pizza has sliced tomatoes.

Main Course:

Spaghetti Carbonara: crispy pancetta, peas, parsley, black pepper and parmesan: This dish is exceptional. All of their pasta is homemade and very tender. The thin spaghetti is amazing with the minced pancetta. All around, it is a quality dish and has the right amount of peppers. The peas are also a classic component that is often left out at restaurants.

Ricotta Gnocchi with bolognese, marinara or herb butter sauces: This dish is not gnocchi. Gnocchi is traditionally a potato dumpling pasta and this is more of a cheese ball. Nonetheless, it is rich and filling just like gnocchi can be. Definitely worth trying if you enjoy ricotta ravioli.

Grilled Vintage Farms Sirloin: parmesan fries, escarole and green peppercorn port sauce. This steak is tender and delicious. The Peppercorn sauce adds a smooth kick and also goes well with the parmesan fries.

Dessert:

Banana Foster Bread Pudding: This is one of the best desserts I have had. It tasted like moist banana bread with a rich rum caramel sauce, all mixed up into a tiramisu-like fluff.

Crème brûlée: It was the classic interpretation, made with sweet candied top and a creamy center.

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