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Westport Restaurateur Keeps It 'All In The Family' With New Bethel Venture

A dish at Le Madri in Bethel.
A dish at Le Madri in Bethel. Photo Credit: GoNation
The interior of Le Madri in Bethel.
The interior of Le Madri in Bethel. Photo Credit: GoNation
Le Madri in Bethel specializes in authentic Italian cuisine.
Le Madri in Bethel specializes in authentic Italian cuisine. Photo Credit: GoNation

BETHEL, Conn. -- A popular Westport restaurateur has opened a new venture in Bethel.

Le Madri, a family owned and operated eatery is the brainstorm of Chef Vinicio Llanos of Westport's Arezzo Ristorante & Wine Bar . The new place features rustic Italian cuisine set in an open and contemporary space with panoramic views of a bustling town.

Ecuadorian born, Vincicio grew up with his family’s Italian cooking with recipes and techniques passed down to himself and his sister Patricia.

Today, the Le Madri kitchen sees Vinicio, Patricia, and their mother cooking alongside one another, preparing their family’s favorite dishes in addition to inspired dishes developed throughout Vinicio’s years of experience, which includes a 10-year history at Italian Restaurateur Pino Luongo’s famed New York City hot spots Le Madri, Centolire and Coco Pazzo.

Among the items you'll find: Calamari e Zucchini Fritti with spicy marinara; Capesante of pan-seared diver scallops, sweet corn, asparagus, and aged balsamic drizzle; Fettucini con Fungi made with homemade flat noodles, wild mushrooms, and a touch of truffle oil; Gnocchi Bolognese of handmade potato dumplings with slow-cooked beef ragout; Branzino al Forno, wood oven roasted whole Mediterranean sea bass with braised escarole and roasted potatoes and Saltimboca alla Romana, pounded veal topped with prosciutto di Parma and sage.

Le Madri’s global wine list highlights many varietals and winemakers from Italy and beyond. The craft cocktail menu features top-shelf spirits and elevated traditional Italian recipes including a wide selection of port and grappa.

Le Madri is at 41 Grassy Plain St., 203-616-5652, www.lemadribethel.com

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