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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
New Haven
Food
Feel
Price
5.7
6.4
$35
One of the few chains that we’ve long loved to love—but can’t they ditch those pastas?

It’s nice when one of the McFamilyRestaurant chains turns out to serve reasonably good food in a reasonably pleasant atmosphere. For a long time Bertucci’s did so—and made Olive Garden look really, really bad in the process—both aesthetically (Bertucci’s doesn’t try as hard to be fake Italian, and thus comes off less awkward, although we can’t get with the new logo, whose pizza-slice apostrophe looks accidentally un-curly) and taste-wise (they make good use of that oven and don’t overcook pasta as much). Even if it’s… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
New Haven
Food
Feel
Price
9.0
7.0
$15
Some of the city’s best Indian—and vegetarian—at these prices? We must be dreaming

When we think of Swagat, it calls to mind a line from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” Not only does this fierce little contender serve some of the best-value Indian food in the area—underselling the downtown competition by a couple bucks—it’s also some of the very best.

Although standard northern Indian dishes like samosas and lamb curry are unremarkable here, the real deal is the authentic south Indian cuisine that you will find almost nowhere else… [More]