With the passing of Eclisse in Stamford today (see the Advocate) , it struck me how dining has evolved in Westchester and Conneciticut. Back in the late 80’s, we thought its sister restaurant Eclisse in Rye Brook was quintessential Italian-American, generous and flavorfull family style portions, hearty red sauced pasta, festive ambiance. Then came the food revolution and our tastes became more refined, our expectations higher. The finest freshest ingredients, chefs who experimented and pushed the culinary envelope, diners who insisted on the creativity and discrimination they saw on the surprisingly popular Food Network By 2006 the Rye Brook installation was shuttered. When we moved to Stamford, we decided to try Eclisse for old times sake. Stale carpeting and peeling walls, should have been the first clue. The restaurant was stuck back in time. We never returned.
Over the years we couldn’t believe the restaurant was still running, but there seemed to be an appetite for red sauce Italian-American amongst the old time Italian families in town (how else to explain Pellici’s , Villa Italia, et. al.) At one point Eclisse tried to re-invent as an Argentine Steak house cum Mediterranean, but that didn’t play, so they resorted to their old cuisine. Maybe the Harbor Point influx of better restaurants eventually wore them out. So ciao, Eclisse and how we once ate.
All this by way of asking, is there an old timer you used to love and which is still going, though times and your tastes have passed them by?