As you enter Roia, located at the lovingly restored and historic Taft Hotel, you will be transported to more elegant times at the beginning of the 20th century when the hotel was built. Magnificent pillars, original white oak paneling, and white marble floors with modern details make for grand setting in a refined and very charming restaurant. Young, talented Colombian Chef Avi Szapiro creates a fusion of French and Italian cuisines that blend together seamlessly, just like the river Roia that meanders between the two countries.
Traditional French and Italian dishes are artfully combined with seasonal, fresh produce from the farms around New Haven. The results are spectacular. You might want to try Papardelle, which is wide ribbon pasta, with Duck Ragu, caramelized onions, and egg yolk cured with garlic and juniper and drenched in duck jus. Roia makes all their pasta in-house.
261 College Street, New Haven, Connecticut, Phone: 203-200-7045 (website)
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