RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield resident and restaurateur Chef Germano Minin introduced a new neighborhood tavern to town in January with the opening of The Village Tavern on Main Street.
The Village Tavern is quintessential New England, from its rustic aesthetics and prohibition style brown spirits program to its utilizations of local food resources and its inspired menu.
The Village Tavern is marked by a classic white colonial façade where large picture windows provide passersby with a sneak peek into this convivial and high energy bar and restaurant. Exposed brick, dark wood furnishings, forest green paneling, plaid fabrics, and subway tile flooring fill the room. Artist Sharon Leichsenring dazzles with a larger than life wall mural of a stunning “abondanza” woman, paying homage to Brunetti's Market, a Ridgefield staple for nearly 30 years and the former occupant of the Tavern’s space.
The menu is created by Chef Minin who came to Ridgefield by way of Palmanova, Italy. Shortly upon graduating with a Culinary Arts Degree from the Instituto Professionale Alberghiero in Friuli, Italy, Chef Minin began his stateside culinary career as the Executive Chef for the Bice Ristorante Group in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Washington, D.C. From there, he spent time in Scottsdale working with some of the top Italian bistros in the area, including the popular Coco Pazzo, until he ultimately began his own venture as Chef-Partner of the Piccolo Group at Hostaria del Piccolo in Santa Monica, Calif. Now, Chef Minin presents The Village Tavern, putting forth an American tavern menu while incorporating his Italian heritage.
The Village Tavern seats up to 130 guests and is open day and night, seven days a week. A warm weather patio accommodates 40 people. There are also happy hours and Sunday brunch. The restaurant is at 378 Main St. in Ridgefield. Click here to visit its website.