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116 W. Fourth St. (Main St.) Send to Phone

Dinner Tues.-Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Lepanto Restaurant Review

: After a dozen successful years on Main Street, Lepanto moved around the corner into a more spacious setting and has added a more seating at the bar, tables and booths. Its one sophisticated room features rich mahogany accents and soft light from the metal and glass wall sconces. Many people vie for the eight seats at the red granite-topped bar where friendly bartenders are also happy to serve dinner. The menu changed too: there are now more contemporary Italian dishes served in smaller portions at slightly lower prices. The idea, according to proprietors Chris and Laura Claire (both graduates of the Culinary Institute of America), is to allow people to delve more deeply into the à la carte menu rather than settling for just a big bowl of pasta. Standout dishes include finocchio salad, a combination of goat cheese, baby spinach, shaved fennel and roasted beets; thin-crusted pizzas topped with escarole, house-made sausage and smoked mozzarella; Chilean sea bass with balsamic vinegar and hazelnut sauce and grilled swordfish medallions with tapenade. If not quite a grazing menu, it’s the kind of lineup that allows for those who like to try a variety of dishes. Several premium wines are available by the glass. Service by a staff in terra cotta chambray shirts is both expert and friendly.


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