Skappo teaches diners to ‘mangia,’ a la Italia

April 22, 2005
Skappo Italian Wine Bar, at the corner of Crown and Orange, attempts to offer the experience of Italian family dining in dowtown New Haven. But the Italian way of life is so distinct from that of the typical college student; can such an attempt really succeed with Yalies? Opened roughly a year ago, Skappo makes »

You won’t be able to get enough of Baasta Trattoria

February 4, 2005
Those not enamored of Claire’s Corner Copia’s vegetarian offerings might be surprised by proprietors Claire and Frank Criscuolo’s new restaurant. They maintained one of their old operating principles: The food is made with organic or sustainable ingredients from local farms. But they also made one big change by choosing to offer food that — as »

Caffe Bottega is style with substance

December 3, 2004
Translating clothing store expertise into the restaurant business is a questionable endeavor, but Giuliana Maravelle, owner of Bottega Giuliana, was no longer content just to sell Diesel jeans and Dolce and Gabbana pants. So now we have Caffe Bottega, opened Oct. 29, a heavily Italian bar and bistro that offers casual dining and live music »