Check Out Mario Batali's
Westport Restaurant

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One of the restaurant's first official customers toasts the opening with a bartender Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Diners seated at the pizza bar can see how the pizzas are made. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Tarry Lodge general manager Mike Cirillo, left, chats with one of the restaurant's first customers Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Patrons gather at the bar Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Tarry Lodge bartenders get ready for the restaurant to open Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
The restaurant can seat about 100 people. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Tarry Lodge Enoteca Pizzeria is located at 30 Charles St. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. – Celebrity Chef Mario Batali's Tarry Lodge Enoteca Pizzeria has officially opened its doors in Saugatuck. This upscale pizzeria, which held an invite-only opening Saturday, welcomed its first paying customers Tuesday night.

Despite its famous chef owner, Nancy Selzer, one of the restaurant's business partners, said the restaurant is a casual pizzeria at heart. There’s no dress code, and reservations, while recommended, are not required.

Located at 30 Charles St., the restaurant offers a full dinner menu, from specialty salads, fried appetizers, hand-made pasta dishes, entrees, pizzas and dessert.

"Our menu is very straight forward," said Selzer. "This is the kind of food your nonna [Italian for 'grandmother'] would make for you."

The restaurant has two bar areas — a pizza bar where people can sit and watch pizzas being made, and a traditional bar — and can seat about 100 people, Selzer said.

If you're dinning with children, you won't find a separate kids menu. However, as a pizzeria, Selzer said, most of the items on the menu are kid-friendly and can cater to the most selective eaters.

"For kids that don't like red sauce, we can make plain pasta with just butter and garlic," Selzer said. "I have small children, so I understand how kids are."

The restaurant is currently open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. Down the road, Selzer said the restaurant will be open every day for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, visit Tarry Lodge online.

Have you already made reservations for Tarry Lodge? What are you most looking forward to trying?

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