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Cielo Restaurant in Fairfield Welcomes Spring with Casual Tavern Menu, New Bar Menu

Millicent K. Brody

Monday, June 2, 2014 • 7:27am

Certainly not located in Central Jersey, but worth a trip, Cielo Restaurant in Fairfield invites folks to come and enjoy their exciting new offerings: You’ll like toe casual Tavern menu, thei new cocktail program, and an updated bar menu.

Still in place, for its loyal guests are fans of menu favorites like: a Classic Sunday Gravy Supper, House-Made pastas, and an extensive list of specials that allow Executive Chef/Owner Anthony Pucciarello to express his passion and creativity for his beloved rustic Italian fare.

"I want my cooking to create  happy memories and
make people feel at home," says Chef Pucciarello. "With the addition of the Tavern and bar menus--plus great, new cocktails--we've created more opportunities for folks to come in, relax, and enjoy lunch or dinner at really great prices.”

What's new and interesting? The Tavern menu is served at the bar from Tuesday to Friday after 5 p.m. Cielo Restaurant offers  a Blackened Ahi Tuna Steak Sandwich, Hide & Seek Mac-n-Cheese (4-cheese mac-n cheese inside Cielo's signature meatball, topped with a poached egg), and a Short Rib Burger with horseradish mashed potatoes, and a Gruyère pancake.

Featured on The Bar Menu are bar-food favorites like: Cielo-style Chicken Wings two ways; Beer-Battered Fried Pickles with Chipotle Aoli; Truffle Fries; Chef's signature Shrimp Hotsi-Totsi; divine Filet Mignon Meatballs; and 7 different pizzas, including Pucci's Pie (prosciutto di Parma, gorgonzola, arugula + roasted tomatoes).

What to drink? Bar Manager Toni Ann has devised a terrific new program that includes a Green Tea Martini; Toni's Negroni (equal parts Tanqueray Gin, Sweet Vermouth + Campari over ice); Espresso Martini; and a Black Widow (muddled blackberries + basil, Milagro Tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar).

Hankering for a taste of the truly traditional? Then plan a trip to Cielo's for their Sunday Gravy Supper. Served from 3 to 9 p.m. Diners will enjoy a glass of House Wine, a salad, meatballs, house-made sausage and pasta, with "Grandma's Gravy" for only $21.

 CIELO RESTAURANT
168 PASSAIC AVE.
FAIRFIELD, NEW JERSEY
CALL: 973.808.1414
HOURS: Tuesday to Friday, Lunch: 11:30 a,m. to 3 p.m. Dinner: Tuesday to Thursday 5 to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m; Sunday 3 to 9 p.m. Happy Hour: Wednesday- All Night Long; Weekdays: 4 to 6:30 p.m;
What You Can Expect: Live Entertainment, Every Friday and Saturday.  Grandma’s Sunday Gravy: Enjoy a glass of wine, a Casa Dante salad & House made pasta.
NEW: Pre fixe 3-course Lunch
(Dinner Menu Also Available), Only: $10.95; Available Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Cranford Hotel

I've got to say, I've friends living in Cranford that absolutely love this place. They were going out for a "Date night" on Sunday, and  called to ask us to join them. My friend told me she was having the "Dinner Special" which cost $20 for an appetizer, main dish, and dessert."

I replied, "WOW!"

My favorite at The Cranford Hotel,  is their Burger. I've never been disappointed, for the burger arrives medium-well, just as I ordered it, with fries, on a soft roll. And it is always delicious!

Established in 1946, the restaurant is housed in what was once a small hotel. Boasting a menu of appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, burgers and salads, the chef always has something new and different to tempt your taste.. Currently popular dishes are the housemade duck confit, duck rice soup, duck shepherd's pie and Asian inspired duck breast with farro rice.  A type of nutrient-rich, whole grain, it may also be found in the toasted farro salad that incorporates pomegranate seeds and other seasonal designer foods.

At The Cranford Hotel, we try to utilize local produce. "We believe local is better because it is fresher," said, Head chef, and Cranford native Chris Faitoute.

The Cranford Hotel has a fine bar, that serves local craft beers from Jersey breweries," said general manager David Carracino. "The Hotel not only enjoys a good reputation for their fresh, seasonal food, and fine bar service, the staff proises a classic American Tavern experience using local, seasonal ingredients."

Somthing has to be going on at The Cranford Hotel, for the buzz is quite evident. Dear
friends who have been married for years, planned a "date" night for Sunday. And all day my friend was deliberating whether she was going to have a burger or a chicken dish, replete with an appetizer and dessert. And may I add, according to her, "All for $20."

Stay tuned. I know I'll see you at The Cranford Hotel Restaurant & Pub!

FYI:
Location: 1 South Union Ave., Cranford. Call: 908.276,2121
Hours: 11:30 a.m to 2 a.m. Monday to Saturday. Noon to 2 a.m. Sunday.
Kitchen Hours: Sunday to Thursday until 12 a.m.  Friday and Saturday until 1 a.m.
FYI: Casual dress. Handicap accessible. All Major credit cards accepted. Street parking, or park at the Parking Lot across from the restaurant.

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Thank you to Westfield Downtown for recognizing my volunteer efforts:  http://www.westfieldtoday.com/announcements/2457

Have a great week!

Millicent K. Brody is an award-winning writer and photographer and a resident of Westfield, New Jersey.  Contact her at Mkbrody@aol.com

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