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Trattoria la Festa, Stowe

4080 Upper Mountain Road
Stowe , Vermont
Tel: 802 253 8480's insider take:

Brothers Giancarlo and Tony DeVito have created the kind of casual joint they most loved in their native Rome, complete with checkered tablecloths and the sharp smell of garlic. Yep, those are locals lining the long bar, knocking back Chianti and calamari, and that's Tony by the door kissing familiar faces as they walk in. Don't be misled by the homey feel, though: The all–Italian wine list has been a Wine Spectator favorite for years, and the food is serious. A winter meal might start off with a blood–orange–fennel salad and continue with pork loin stuffed with spinach, roasted red peppers, and Gorgonzola. Summer dishes lean toward seafood. The $35 five–course prix–fixe dinner is a tremendous bargain, and the location—on the Mountain Road in Stowe, across from the Topnotch resort—is ideal for meeting up at the end of the day.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 5:30 to 10:30 pm.

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