Wrapsody Bistro Lounge – Southington, CT

As you may recall, I sort of owed Tom and Heather a nice dinner out after Tom rescued me from the IT hell that I was experiencing a couple of weekends ago.  As luck would have it, I had just been told by my mother about Wrapsody Bistro Lounge in Southington, CT , located right across from ESPN in the site of an old McDonald’s – yes, you heard me correctly.  My mom and dad had recently gone for lunch one day and were impressed by the  many wraps, salads, and soups that grace their lunch menu.   I have yet to swing by during the day to try any of their lunch fare out for myself, but we did enjoy a very lovely dinner the other night.

The outside of  Wrapsody still feels a lot like  a McDonald’s and as you park, you really aren’t quite sure what you’re going to be in for, but as you enter the building it’s very clear that you won’t be offered fries with that.  The inside is really nice and even a bit trendy – definitely a change from the Golden Arches – and really quite different from most of the restaurants in the immediate area.

Upon being seated, we were greeted with an impressive drink menu – with 20 beers on tap and over 100 bottles, an extensive wine list, and some really interesting cocktail options.  We were quite pleased with the selection.

The food was pretty amazing…   For appetizers, we chose  the Fresh Fried Rhode Island Calamari, served with banana peppers and pickles,  and Seven Types Of Roasted Olives, served in olive oil with crostini and roasted garlic. I even enjoyed the olives I tried  and I’m typically not an olive fan.

For our meals, we had the Maple Horseradish Crusted Atlantic Salmon, the Fresh Herb and Dijon Crusted Roast Chicken Breast, Grilled 14 ounce USDA Certified Black Angus Dry Aged Rib Eye, and  Sweet Italian Sausage and Ricotta. Of the four entrees, I think Kevin’s rib eye was the clear winner with it’s Malbec demi-glace.    They were all really great, but the rib eye was particularly spectacular.  We also chose a couple of sides to share  –  creamy wild mushroom  and  parmesan risotto and their handcut truffle and  parmesan pomme frites, which were both pretty awesome.

A few shots from my iphone :

Overall, we were quite  impressed with our meals and we hope to be back.   I really want to see this place do well.  On the Thursday evening that we went, it was alarmingly quiet (though I imagine they’re pretty hopping at lunchtime being across the street from ESPN) and I do hope word gets out about how great it is and that people support it.

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