It's nice when a local restaurant gets recognized by its customers and critics alike as one of the best places in the state. That's just what happened to Zaragoza Restaurant in New Milford.

Connecticut Magazine has just put out their 2019 Readers' Choice issue for Best in the State in various categories, and Zaragoza in New Milford has won six Readers Choice Awards both in Litchfield County and Statewide, and one Readers Choice Award from Litchfield Magazine.

Zaragoza, which just opened about two years ago, has really made their mark in a short period of time. Owner and Newtown resident Artie Praino, who has over 20 years in the restaurant business, was formerly the owner of the Newtown Deli, Sandy Hook Deli, Sideline Café, Woodbury Deli and Bayside (NY) Salumeria. He has taken his vision and turned the restaurant into the go-to place in Litchfield County.

Now the hard work is paying off, as the restaurant is being recognized in two different publications as one of the best. Here are the latest awards that Zaragoza has received:

  • Runner Up Best Cocktails (Statewide)
  • Best Bistro (Litchfield County)
  • Best Latin American (Litchfield County)
  • Runner Up Best Bartender/Christine Short (Statewide)
  • Best Spanish (Statewide)
  • Best Late Night Restaurant (Litchfield County)
  • Best Cocktails, readers choice (Litchfield Magazine)

Zaragoza is located at 31 Bank Street in New Milford, and they are open Monday through Thursday from 4 pm till 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30 am until 12 am, Sunday it's brunch from 11 am to 3 pm, and dinner is served from 4:30 pm until 8 pm.

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