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Locally Sourced Food Makes The Plate At Westport's Pearl At Longshore

Linen-clad tables line a large dining room at Pearl at Longshore in Westport. Photo Credit: Contributed
Oysters on a half shell are Pearl at Longshore in Westport. Photo Credit: Contributed
This salmon topped with slivered, toasted almonds is among an array of seafood dishes at Pearl at Longshore in Westport. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Platefuls of imaginative seafood and locally sourced food, when possible, are the hallmark of Pearl at Longshore Restaurant & Bar.

Owner Antonio Ninivaggi and Marc Backon with Chef Michael Hazen source ingredients from local farms. These include Sport Hill Farm in Easton and River Bank Farm in Roxbury.

In addition, the establishment, opened in 2016 at Longshore Club Park, gets fresh oysters from Copp's Island Oysters and takes part in the company's recycling program.

The oyster shells are returned to the Sound and then harvested to create a healthy breeding environment for local oysters, explained Jessica Gordon Ryan, who handles marketing for the restaurant.

"Pearl's menu is created with the customer in mind and so I cook for the people, not myself. Mediterranean influences can be found throughout because this is typically a healthy cuisine. In addition to being seasonal, sustainable, local and organic whenever possible, it is important to us that we embrace the lifestyle and nutritional needs of our customers," said Hazen.

"Pearl at Longshore embodies a sense of casual elegance within an atmosphere that is fun, social and always friendly. With it being set in the heart of Westport's gorgeous Longshore Club Park and nestled on the shore of Long Island Sound there is a constant flow of activity and ever changing breathtaking seasonal views that are Unique to Pearl and their guests."

Dishes include small plates, raw bar, salads, freshly caught fish, grass-fed meat, handmade pastas, thin-crust pizzas and gluten-free and vegan dishes.

The bar has craft beers, an extensive wine list, and handcrafted cocktails.

Choices range from Deviled Eggs & Lox with Wasabi Caviar and Creme Fraiche, and larger meals like Salmon with Roasted Grapes, Almonds, Cauliflower Puree and Pan Seared Branzino with Roasted Baby Carrots and Sweet Onion Brodo.

Ryan noted Chef Hazen also shops at Westport Farmer's Market when open in the warm months.

The restaurant has gluten-free and vegan dishes, and for kids with peanut allergies, there are  almond and jelly sandwiches.

Pearl at Longshore is located at Longshore Club Park, 260 Compo Road South, Westport. Click here for the website or call (203) 557-6260.

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