Sorry, Wallingford, it s time to share Half Moon Coffee and Grille Cafe with the rest of us

Found: Annette Bailey of North Haven wrote, “Were you ever able to get Half Moon’s recipe for their vodka sauce? It is the best I’ve ever tasted.”

Annette, thanks for your patience. I know you have written to me twice for this recipe from Half Moon Coffee and Grille Cafe, www.halfmooncafegrille.com, 50 North Main St., Wallingford.

In addition to gourmet pizza, pasta and paninis, the menu board is filled with full dinner specials. The day I visited to watch the recipe being prepared, these selections caught my attention: sweet potato Florentine soup; pappardelle with scallops in a lemongrass sauce; pan-roasted, mint-crusted Chilean sea bass; smoked salmon wrap with arugula, sun-dried tomato, roasted pepper, artichoke, goat cheese and house dressing. Chef Stefano Panno, who is from Italy, prepares regional Italian and Mediterranean dishes to order using the freshest ingredients. To see the rest of this column and recipe, please click here.

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