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Aranci 67 in Redding, CT

Aranci 67 in Redding, CT dining room
Aranci 67 in Redding, CT dining roomjwc

Aranci 67 opened in Redding (Georgetown) in April, and has been delighting diners since its very first day. Owners Antonio and Julia Perillo have put together an elegant Italian restaurant at 7 Main St in Georgtown. Antonio serves as the chef and Julia as the hostess/headwaiter. And, their son works as one of the dining room staff. The restaurant is named “Aranci 67” after the address of their house in Sorrento, Italy.

Veal scaloppini with mushrooms
Veal scaloppini with mushroomsjwc

The restaurant décor includes a triptych of three deep focus photos of a Sorrento orange grove that you can study endlessly for its fascinating little details. (Sorrento is one of the laces of the Italian boot, a little more than halfway down, and generally considered Southern Italy.)

We were there solo last Monday, a seriously rainy night, but even at 7:30 five of the tables were occupied. Like many restaurants built in old houses, one side is the dining room with 12 tables and the other side the bar, although there are a few tables in there as well.

Service is quick and efficient. We were brought a wine list, a wine by-the-glass and beer list and a menu in seconds after being seated. The menu consists of 8 antipasti, including Polpitello di Vitello e Manzo, a veal and beef meatball topped with tomato sauce and Tuscan cheese and Cozzo in Brodetto, sautéed mussels in garlic and white wine, as well as soup and beet salad.

Soon after ordering we were brought fresh bread, both Italian and tomato-topped bread and a dish of two types of olive oil: one conventional EVOO and the other infused with red pepper and slightly peppery. Both were excellent.

The pasta section (identified on the printed menu as Primi) consists of 6 dishes, including Linguini with Cockle Clams, Risotto with clams, mussels and shrimp in a red sauce, and the interesting Orecchiette con Broccoli Rape e Salsiccia ($17.95), essentially broccoli rabe on orecchiette pasta with copious slices of sausage. This was very flavorful and extremely filling dish and far more than we could finish. Plan on taking your pasta dishes home for seconds! You could also have one of the antipasti and a pasta dish and have plenty to eat.

The Secundi section consisted of 6 main entrees, including lack Anus Shell Steak with grilled Portobello, Chicken breast with roasted peppers, eggplant and Fontina cheese, two veal dishes, trout and branzino. We couldn’t try them all, unfortunately, but the guest at the next table praised the branzino (sea bass) very highly.

We ordered the Scallopine di Vitello con Funghi ($21.95), essentially a veal scallopini with mushrooms. This was beautifully presented in a white wine brown sauce, with thinly sliced mushrooms, green beans and a few slices of potato. This is the kind of dish Italian restaurants tend to throw together, but this one was carefully prepared, tender, flavorful and excellent in every way.

There are a few desserts available as well, including Tiramisu, Cannoli, Ricotta cheesecake, Gelato and Sorbet. We tried the Tiramisu: lady finger cookies dipped in espresso, and topped with mascarpone cheese, and served with a bit of chocolate sauce. ($7.50). Again, an excellent choice to go with after dinner coffee or tea, or with an after dinner drink like orangecello.

We can’t recommend Aranci 67 enough. It’s a terrific night out with excellent service and reasonable prices. It’s right there on Main St in Georgetown, and incidentally next door to the new Uncle Leo’s Doughnuts as well.