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Caro Caffe - Sharon, Connecticut
Caro Bonci, the culinary force behind the late, lamented Café Lally in West Corwall, has a simple philosophy: “… Food should taste good,” she says. “I use as much organic produce as I can, and as much locally sourced produce as I can, but the bottom line is, does it taste good?” At Caro Caffe, a tiny, Tuscan-style treasure, her fresh-made, locally sourced, authentic Italian country fare, including splendid artisanal pizzas, has quickly earned a fervent local following. The compact, open kitchen is equipped with a convection oven for bread, pastries, and focaccia; Bonci also turns out delectable dishes such as lentil salad with fiddleheads, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and feta; a choice of tomato feta, pear gorgonzola, or roasted tomato and gorgonzola focaccia; and mini apple pies that go perfectly with cappuccino. Pizzas include a traditional, meltingly perfect Margherita ($12), generously festooned with fresh basil, or any number of other creative vegetarian combinations, such as asparagus with chevre, roasted garlic, pine nuts, and mozzarella or sage and red onions with pumpkin seeds, parmesan, and mozzarella (up to $14). The whole-wheat crust (a gluten-free version is also available) is thin andcrispy enough to be eaten neatly in a car or on a picnic; it will nicely survive the journey home for a quick reheating. Prices range from $4 for a loaf of pane paesanella, to $6 and up for salads and focaccia, and up to $14 for the caffe’s artisanal pizzas. Tarts and other desserts, all homemade and delicious, average $3 to $6. You can also pick up a bottle of Bonci’s own salad dressings, ginger/garlic/soy or balsamic vinaigrette, for $6. Bonci opens early enough in the morning so you can grab a pastry and a cappuccino; at noon she begins making pizza to order. She stays open until 6 or 7 p.m., though pizza may not be available during her afternoon break, usually around 3 p.m. You can also phone in your orders ahead of time.
9 Calkinstown Road, off Route 41
Wednesday - Saturday morning (opening time varies) until 7 p.m.; Sunday until 6 p.m.