I cannot believe that more than a year has passed since I last set foot in Norwich's charming commercial square. The proof, which is a lovely surprise, is the Norwich Square Café right beside Norwich Wines and Spirits. This café offers breakfast and lunch, infused with a light Italian touch and is open from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.
Fausta had set up a table with delicious box lunches to sell for those partaking in the Norwich Historical Society's House and Garden Tour in June. This lady is Italian, an architect and designer and also a Major in the Italian Air Force. She and her husband Brent Gosselin of Lebanon, NH (a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute) have an interesting business model as they continue fully integrating themselves into the community. Have a look and click here
! It is a true partnership in what people can accomplish when they work together. By the way, linger on the 'Menu' tab and watch the food show!
Just before the noon hour on Tuesday, various couples filtered in to join other clients already munching on apricot nut muffins, a grilled Caprese
panino with basil pesto, tomatoes and homemade mozzarella. I decided to bring home the Apple Orchard
- a turkey panino with brie, honey mustard and sliced apple. Despite its short voyage home, it was thoroughly enjoyed. I also chose some chicken salad and some roast brussels sprouts for a future meal. The chicken has tender pieces mixed with peppers and onion and without the frequent mayo overload. There are several sandwich and salad selections like a hot roast beef panino with melted provolone and horseradish mayo. The Grecia
has Kalamata olive tapenade, Feta and sun dried tomatoes. For salad lovers, apart from the classic caesar, there is the arugula, pear and walnut salad with Parmesan cheese and a spinach salad with strawberries, Feta and sliced almonds. There is a good selection of soups as well. Sometimes the dinner hour calls out for something simple like a bowl of hearty Portobello mushroom soup, or a thick purée of vegetable or tomato with a nice hunk of grilled baguette or ciabatta. I noticed the fridge stocked with several delicious choices. If you go to their Facebook page you will see avid feedback including someone mentioning a lemon pizza one day. Of course there is the classic espresso or cappuccino, latte, hot chocolate, chai and finally tea-both hot and chilled. Click here
Norwich Square Café is one of those delicious, little finds that will feed you on the spot with daily changing treats or supply you with something scrumptious to bring home.
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