New Year’s Eve Dining in the Wallingford CT Area

Well, another year has come and gone and Christmas is right around the corner. Soon,  the shrill cries of delighted children young and old will fill the air and living room floors everywhere will be littered with the remains of wrapping paper, boxes, tape, ribbons and gift tags.  The echoes of Christmas morning will barely have passed when we begin to shift our attention to the second big event of the season, New Year’s Eve.

If you’re looking for someplace to ring out the old year and bring in the new, here are several establishments in the Wallingford area that should fit the bill nicely:

Zandri’s Stillwood Inn

Zandri's Stillwood InnZandri’s celebration begins with cocktails at 6PM until 7:15PM featuring buffet-style hors d’oeuvres, jumbo cocktail shrimp and an open bar, followed by dinner from 7:30PM to 9PM. The menu includes a choice of family style Ziti with meat sauce, Roasted Tenderloin of Beef, Stuffed Lobster Tail or Chicken Francais, accompanied by baked potatoes and string beans almondine. An assortment of desserts will be served buffet style from 9:30PM to 10:30PM.

The evening’s entertainment will be provided by Elvis impersonator Brian Martin, and Tom Shields DJ Productions will be spinning the discs for your dancing pleasure throughout the evening until 1AM.

The cost is $185.00 per couple and includes the obligatory noisemakers, hats and decorations as well as a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight. They are limiting sales to 175 couples, so call soon to make your reservations, (203) 269-6695.

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Villa Capri

Villa CapriTheir New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration runs from 6:30PM to 1AM and features a top shelf open bar all night and live entertainment. The 5 course dinner starts with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, Penne alla Vodka, and Capri Garden Salad, followed by your choice of Beef Tenderloin, Baked Stuffed Shrimp, or Chicken Piccatta. Next comes a decadent dessert buffet featuring an assortment of cakes, pastries, tortes, dessert shots and even a chocolate fountain! A midnight champagne toast rounds out 2011, but that’s not the end of the evening. A breakfast buffet comes out at 12:30AM featuring a waffle bar and an assortment of danish, muffins, scones and more.

The evening’s entertainment will be provided by Rico Entertainment Events.

Tickets are $79.00 per person and reservations are limited, so call (203) 265-7174 soon to secure a spot for you and your hunny!

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Gaetano’s Tavern on Main

Gaetano's Tavern on MainCo-owners Debbie and Cheryl invite you to join them for a fantastic New Year’s Eve celebration. In addition to their regular menu, a prix fixe menu is also available featuring Prime Rib ($40), Baked Stuffed Shrimp ($35), Surf & Turf ($40), and Stuffed Chicken ($30). The price includes salad, bread, pasta, entree, potato, vegetable, dessert, coffee or tea, tax and gratuity.

The evening’s entertainment will be provided by ‘The Charmed Ones”. Balloons will drop at midnight while you’re drinking your complimentary champagne toast, and all the necessary noisemakers and party favors will be provided.

Seating will be limited, so call soon to reserve your seats for this gala event. Reservations can be made by calling (203) 294-1114.

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Laskara Restaurant

Laskara RestaurantUnlike other area venues, Laskara is offering their regular menu but at three different seating times. If you’re just up for dinner only, you can choose from a 6PM or 7:30PM seating time. If you’re looking to ring in the new year, however, the 9:30PM seating time is for you. You can dance away the night to the beat of the band “De Novo”, or just party away until 1AM in the lounge.

For reservations, call (203) 679-9844.


The Dry Dock

Dry Dock, Wallingford CTIf an alcohol-free party is more to your taste, The Dry Dock is hosting their second annual Black and White New Year’s Eve party from 7 PM to 1 AM. The menu will feature appetizers, Prime Rib, Leg of Lamb, a Turkey and ham carving station, veggies, salad and desserts. Refreshments will include soda, water, coffee and tea.

There will be live music provided by a DJ during dinner and dancing throughout the evening until 1 AM, and there will also be heated outdoor tents. Tickets are $20 per person, and only 120 will be sold, so call for your reservation soon at (203) 626-5560.



Rosie’s Cafe

Rosie's Cafe, Meriden CTRosie’s New Year’s Eve party will run from 7 PM to 1 AM and will feature hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a dinner buffet with a choice of Baked Stuffed Shrimp or Roast Beef accompanied by Twice Baked Potatoes, salad and veggies, a coffee station and a wide assortment of desserts. Complimentary champagne will be provided for the midnight toast, and of course there will be decorations and noisemakers to help bring in the new year.

The evening’s entertainment will be provided by Don Pierson. The cost for the buffet will be $25.00 per person, and as there is limited seating, the staff suggests making your reservations soon by calling Rosie’s at (203) 235-2412.


il Monticello

il monticello, Meriden CTil Monticello will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party for singles, sponsored by Connecticut ConTacts. A lavish dinner buffet will be provided, featuring Roast Top Round of Beef, Filet of Sole Stuffed with Crabmeat, Chicken Marsala, Tortellini with Vodka Sauce, Vegetable du Jour, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Antipasto Salad, rolls and butter. Also included is a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and a Venetian Table dessert buffet at 12:15 AM.

The evening’s entertainment will be provided by DJ Reggie B. The cost of entry is $45 per person, and attire should be dressy (jackets for men are requested). Noisemakers, hats and other party favors will also be provided.

No reservations will be taken, it’s first come, first seated. For more information, call (203) 468-1144.



Casa Fajita

Casa FajitaIf you’re up for a little spice in your New Year’s Eve menu, try North Haven’s Casa Fajita. For $69.95 per couple, they’re offering a meal that includes an appetizer, entree and dessert.

Featured appetizers include Sausage or Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms, Potato Skins, and Fried Goat Cheese and Beet Salad with Shallot Vinegrette. The main course offers a choice of New York Strip Steak with a Jalapeno Demi-glace topped with Onions and Mushrooms served with Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Mixed Vegetables; Cajun Salmon or Tilapia topped with Black Bean Salsa served over Mexican Rice, Potatoes and Mixed Vegetables; Spinaka Chicken over Mexican Rice; or Penne alla Vodka with either Chicken, Sausage or Shrimp. The desserts include Flan, Tres Leches, or Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake.

A nice added touch is a complimentary bottle of wine with your meal. Seating is limited so reservations are strongly encouraged. Call (203) 239-2262 more more info or to reserve a spot for this festive meal.

These are just a few of the places that have celebrations planned in the Wallingford area. We’ll be sure to update the list as more venues make their plans for New Year’s Eve known.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone, and we’ll see you in 2012!


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