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Rizzuto's, Westport

540 Riverside Avenue, Westport

A spacious, comfortable wood-fired pizza & pasta spot, Rizzuto’s is a welcome alternative to Bertucci’s for the ever-popular Weekend Family Dining Out Night in Westport (WFDONW). Primarily because the din drowns out the shrieking that often accompanies tiny people.

Robin’s note: The large bar area is yet another alternative for those wishing to patronize Rizzuto’s without participating in WFDONW.

Who you’ll see eating here: Families.

Their specialty: Wood-fired pizza and seafood.

What you should eat: Pizzas with a unique list of toppings, from pesto cream sauce and smoked pancetta to caramelized onions and clams… but stick to the basics.

What you may not know but should:
  1. It’s a chain, but a good one, with a raw bar and artisan bread.
  2. Kids love the Worms & Dirt.

Dining     Bars + Baristas     Westport    
Thursday, February 18, 2010 • Permalink

Tory Burch

255 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

Ablaze with lucite, Tory’s fun-house of a store carries her latest collections: what Mary Tyler Moore would wear in the ‘60s if she summered in Capri.

Robin’s note: I love Tory, but this collection? Meh. It seems hard to wear.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Women 30+ who love to wear tunics.

Their specialty: Tunics and the Reva flat.

What you should buy: Her blouses are elegant and fit well.

What you may not know but should:
  1. Tory, ever the socialite, outsources her fashion design. And her designs will start skewing younger: her Gossip Girl styles are sweeping away a new generation of fashionistas.
  2. She’s working on a foundation to micro-finance women entrepreneurs in America.

Fashion     Greenwich    
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 • Permalink

Aux Delices

Aux Delices, Greenwich

3 West Elm Street, Greenwich

Greenwich is the new Hollywood as net worth takes center stage. And the moneyed minions don’t slum at Starbuck’s.

Robin’s note: Due to the limited, awkward seating get your coffee to go. Except if you’re single. Then you’ll want to stay and peruse the selection of unattached wallet-candy.

Who you’ll see drinking here: Hedge fund folk – such a noble, equitable lot – wait in line for coffee just like people with other jobs.

Their specialty: Expertly prepared take-out.

What you should order: Coffee

What you may not know but should: The head chef, anointed “Rising Star Chef of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, caters all types of events, from kids’ birthdays to sit-down dinners for 600+.

Dining     Bars + Baristas     Greenwich    
Friday, February 12, 2010 • Permalink

Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer, Greenwich

92 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

As its name suggests, they sell Lilly. All Lilly. Only Lilly.

Robin’s note: I like Lilly but I wish they’d update: a girl’s wardrobe can channel Palm Beach only so many times.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Girls to women of all ages, though the styles are skewing away from the grande dames of yore.

What’s their specialty: Crazy Lilly prints and bright colors.

What you should buy: Lilly sundresses.

What you may not know but should: Candy bowl by the register.

Fashion     Greenwich    
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 • Permalink


Reflection, Greenwich

116 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

Designer jeans and t-shirts with metal studs and sequins.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Teens to 35 year olds who like the tiniest bit of flare/punk.

Their specialty: Sequined tees with metal stud belt.

What you should buy: T-shirts.

What you may not know but should: They’re a one-of-a-kind boutique—they don’t even have a website. Truly an anomaly in these times, so please pay them a visit!

Fashion     Greenwich    
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 • Permalink