By Janet Stoica
A short drive down Thompson Road in Webster to Thompson, Conn., brings you to a wonderful little restaurant named Monte Bianco, at No. 1097.
Monte Bianco just celebrated its three-year anniversary, serving up some of the most delicious food in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner.
Owner and Chef Manny Campoverde recently added some flair to his tasty Italian dishes by serving craft beer and vino. Steady customers now realize that there is no need to bring their own wine and beer as Monte Bianco now offers several good choices to go along with their dinner.
“Our most requested beers are Two Roads IPA and Subduction IPA,” said Peg Campoverde, Manny’s daughter, “but we also offer bottled versions of Budweiser, Miller, Coors, Michelob, and Blue Moon. Our wine selections include Beaulieu Vineyard’s Coastal Estates cabernet and pinot noir along with the popular white zinfandel and red sangria. We have Cupcake Vineyards’ Moscato too. The selections seem to be working very well as we’ve had our beer and wine license for a few months and our customers enjoy the varieties.”
“Business is good,” said Mr. Campoverde. “Our customers enjoy the food quality and I’m happy to point out that all dishes are prepared to order. Our customers realize that we are not a fast-food outlet, and everything is made from scratch, so it may take a few minutes longer to receive their dinners. Our diners have made us a success with their great reviews and raves of our food. A local chef took the time to hand-write me a letter complimenting me on my homemade veal cutlet parmesan. I was humbled by his comments and very pleased.”
Manny proudly showed a copy of the hand-written letter. The Norwich Bulletin newspaper also sent a food critic to Monte Bianco’s and gave it an impressive review, complimenting the homemade sauces, which include marinara, vodka, and alfredo. The restaurant’s pasta choices include capellini (angel hair), penne, spaghetti, linguini, and ravioli.
The specials change monthly and one of Manny’s popular dinners includes homemade braised and boneless short ribs which he slow cooks with onions, garlic, carrots, and his own spice mixture. He serves up this delicious dish with gravy, homemade mashed potatoes, and a vegetable medley.
Another favorite special includes a seafood combo complete with lobster, shrimp, clams, and mussels cooked in garlic, white wine, extra-virgin olive oil, and tomatoes with a special kick of proprietary spices served over pasta. Manny also cooks up a wonderful eggplant rollatini (eggplant slices rolled around a cheese filling baked in a marinara sauce).
“We do catering as well,” said Mr. Campoverde. “We’ll cater just about any size party and have recently catered a 200-person buffet with great results.”
The restaurant seats 36 in its cozy dining room with an additional capacity of 24 in its function room. They’ll cater holiday parties and birthday parties and also use their dining areas for bereavement luncheons and other functions during the day.
The dining room is open 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. daily but closed on Mondays. It’s worth the drive to Monte Bianco Restaurant, where you also might want to make New Year’s Eve reservations now as they’ll have a special menu, including filet mignon and Chilean sea bass. All diners will receive a complimentary glass of champagne.
Manny’s desserts of tiramisu, caramel flan, bread pudding, cannolis, and cheesecake are made in-house.
Monte Bianco Restaurant is at 1097 Thompson Road, Thompson; phone: 860-923-0202.