Kitchen ZINC Spotlight : Amy

We're on a series of introducing our lovely staff to everyone. This week we'd like to introduce Amy. The fantastic server at Kitchen ZINC who is always smiling and keeping spirits high. 

 

Name : Amy

Where are you from? : Somerville, MA

What do you love about working at Kitchen ZINC? 
I personally love working somewhere that is customer focused and allows me to really connect with my tables. My favorite part of waitressing is being able to meet and talk with new people throughout the day. Kitchen Zinc values those connections and I'm encouraged to be myself and make them.

 

When you’re not at Kitchen ZINC, what do you do in your free time? 
I've picked up a lot of hobbies over the years! I play a lot of board games and video games with my friends and boyfriend. The past 5 years I've been involved in different Dungeons and Dragons campaigns (really!), and some nights I just spend time knitting on the couch with my cat Mickey. 

 

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What is your favorite pie from the menu? 
Either the Fig and Speck or Sausage depending on if I want something sweet or spicy. The Fig is just perfectly made with the fresh speck and arugula, I could eat it everyday. However, the Sausage has got such great heat and the broccoli rabe on it is delicious! Really I'm obsessed with our gluten free crust which we get from Still Riding Foods. You're so limited when you have celiac and our gluten free pizzas actually taste like PIZZA. Hands down my favorite gluten free pies. 

 

Are you a beer or wine person with your pizza? Which beer or wine at KZ currently is your favorite? Why? 
I'm more of a wine person. I definitely think our Rosso Toscano by Scarpetta is my favorite. I like reds to have some dryness and the Toscano has the perfect amount while still being light enough to drink with such a filling food as pizza. Although, the Scarpetta Prosecco we have by the can is my favorite post dinner cocktail.

 

What are you looking forward to this year? 
My boyfriend, Matt, and I are joining some friends in Boston for a video game convention PAX East! We are also traveling to California this summer for a good friends wedding. I love to travel and visit with friends and family so we do plan small weekend trips over the summer as well! It should be a lot of fun to reconnect with people and experience new things.

 

 

Kitchen ZINC Spotlight: Elizabeth CIarlelli

We've had one manager with us for 12 years! She is an integral part of the way both restaurants run and thrive. Elizabeth Ciarlelli is our Events Manager and we honestly don't know what we'd do with out her. She plans and organizes all of our events at ZINC and Kitchen ZINC and is our day manager to make sure lunch smoothly. 

 

Name: Elizabeth Ciarlelli

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Where are you from? New Haven

What do you love about working at ZINC and Kitchen ZINC? 
I love the satisfaction of meeting a constant variety of guests with distinct personalities and desires and the challenge of discovering who they are and how to best serve them. It is demanding and incredibly rewarding when you know you helped to create a memorable experience for every guest. I work with a very intense group of dedicated and extremely talented professionals. We are all pretty passionate about food, wine and customer service so we are mostly on the same page about how to come together to make the big picture work. We are responsible for two very successful restaurants and have to communicate and look at what we are doing on a regular basis to keep everyone on point. We all have the same ultimate goals, creating a welcoming and hospitable environment for every guest and for our staff, making our work place a positive and fulfilling place to work. It's very rewarding work. 

 

When you're not at work, what do you do in your free time? 
I love to travel, cook, bake, taste wine and read about cooking, baking and wine! I also read a lot, practice yoga and work with our family beekeeping and honey production. (She and her husband own and operate a small apiary called Wing Dance Apiary and produce delicious honey!) 

 

What is your favorite item from the menu? 
Right now, I would say the Salmon Gravlax Poke Bowl on the dinner menu at ZINC. The gravlax is house made, always so fresh and the combination of flavors and textures is perfect. 

 

What is your favorite kind of event to plan? 
I don't have a favorite event. Every one of them is new and exciting to deal with. Meeting the guest, communicating with them to discover what type of event are they planning, how do they want the event to play out and all of the countless other details are part of how we work to create the best possible experience for any event. 

 

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What was the biggest event held at the restaurant? 
We have a number of buyouts of both ZINC and Kitchen ZINC for dinners and receptions. We've planned many standing receptions and seated dinners at ZINC where we have closed the restaurant for a private event. We plan these events at Kitchen ZINC as well, with smaller groups. The KZ patio is part of the buyout during the warmer months, so guests can have the full use of both inside and out, weather permitting of course. These are great to do because we are all focused on the one "show" rather than the steady flow of constant guests and turning tables. Both the kitchen and front of the house really shine with these events. They can be a bit less stressful since we have game plan for the event and everyone has their role to play as usual, but you are serving a finite group of guests for set period of time.  Denise our Chef/Owner creates a special menu which is another great part of the planning for me with the guest. We love these events. 

 

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What type of events can be held at the restaurant?
We have planned almost every type of event! Business meetings, lunch and dinner programs with audio visual equipment, engagement parties, weddings, baby showers, class reunions, family reunions, book signing events, community organization gatherings, events for non-profit groups, cocktail receptions....They are always challenging and ultimately very rewarding for us. 

 

What are you looking forward to this year? 
Learning and discovering more every day. It really never stops at work and in life and this is the best part of what I do. We have access to so much extraordinary food, wine and spirits to work with when creating our menus. So much planning goes into how we are going to craft every dish, every specialty cocktail, every featured wine as well as how we are training each staff member to represent the best of what ZINC and Kitchen ZINC is. Being stimulated and challenged keeps it all alive. 

 

So if you're thinking about planning an event (graduation, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, etc) Elizabeth is the person you want to help organize a successful event. Or the next time you're in for lunch, say hello! Her warm smile is welcoming and will make your experience at ZINC memorable. 

 

KZ Employee Spotlight : Katie

There are a lot of people that contribute to the success of both restaurants and we value them immensely. We'd like you to get to know the people that help you decide which pizza to order and help make your dining experience at Kitchen ZINC and exceptional one! 

This weeks Staff Spotlight is Katie. If you haven't been to KZ in a while, you may also recognize her as our hostess at ZINC. Say 'Hi' to her the next time you see her! 

 

Name: My name is Katie Garcia

 

Where are you from? 
I’m from Torrington CT 

 

What do you love about working at Kitchen ZINC? 
I love a lot of things about working at Kitchen Zinc, to start I love my coworkers. We’re able to have a blast while we work while getting the job done. I also love our customer base - it’s diverse and I always leave the table laughing from our jokes and conversations. Kitchen Zinc is a job I don’t mind going to on Friday and Saturday nights!

 

When you’re not at Kitchen ZINC, what do you do in your free time? 
When I’m not working at Kitchen Zinc I spend most of my time in class and studying, but when I have free time I enjoy going to the gym, volunteering at The Boys and Girls Club, spending time outdoors, hunting for vintage finds at thrift stores and painting. 

 

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What is your favorite pie from the menu? 
My favorite pie from the menu is the Fennel Salami. I’m a sucker for the traditional pepperoni pizza, and the fennel salami satisfies that craving while being even better. 

 

Are you a beer or wine person with your pizza? Which beer or wine at KZ currently is your favorite? Why? 
Legally not able to consume alcohol! But I love Foxon Park products! 

 

What are you looking forward to this year?
This year I’m looking forward to the unexpected! I’m excited to see where this year will take me - what new places I’ll explore and people I’ll meet. I may even be making a big move out of CT, time will tell! 

A Pairing Perfect for You and Your Valentine

Selvapiano Chianti Rufina and the Kitchen Zinc Tomato Pie

We have a food and wine pairing that will get your taste buds jumping! There’s nothing like pizza and a great Italian wine and we have such a fantastic collection of wine (and pizza) at KZ. Here’s an incredible pairing we think you should try the next time you visit. 

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Chianti is a classic pairing with Italian food. Most people will recognize that wine bottle with the woven basket around bottom that can be found at many Italian restaurants. Some of the wines from Tuscany, specifically in the Chianti Classico region are world renowned. But today we want to talk about a lesser known region of Italy producing delicious Chianti, and that’s Rufina. While still located in the Tuscan region these wines, that are Sangiovese based, may not be as well-known but they do have amazing flavor profiles and a great acidity. And an added bonus, they usually carry a much lower price tag!

We’re not an Italian restaurant, but that doesn’t mean that this type of wine won’t pair perfectly with our artisanal pizzas. Specifically, the Tomato pie at Kitchen Zinc is the one we recommend you try. The San Marzano tomatoes that we use require a fresh, lively wine and luckily, we have the Selvapiano Ruffina in house! With its zippy acidity and dried cherry notes this is truly an epic culinary pairing that takes it easy on your wallet. 

 Tomato Tomatoes | roasted garlic | basil pesto | mozzarella | fontina | topped with herb salad

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Tomatoes | roasted garlic | basil pesto | mozzarella | fontina | topped with herb salad

Looking for a relaxing but romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Bring your date to Kitchen ZINC and get cozy at one of our tables. Share our Tomato pie and a order a bottle of Selvapiano. Impress your date with this amazing pairing and they will surely think you’re a culinary genius! Don’t worry…we don’t tell how you knew :)

Pizza and Beer : Chorizo and Rogue Dead Guy Ale

At Kitchen Zinc we are all about balancing extraordinary flavors to make the perfect pie. Our Chorizo pie is no exception! One of our favorite purveyors is Froehlich's Cured Meats from Grand Banks Specialty Foods.

We love their chorizo!  The quality is unparalleled for our fabulous pie made with chorizo, artichoke + caramelized onions with fresh ricotta cheese and roasted tomatoes.  The spice and saltiness from the chorizo and the subtle lemony taste of our fresh artichoke hearts pair together so perfectly. Add the mild and creamy ricotta cheese and a sweetness from caramelized onion. All the flavor profiles in this pizza and the way they work together is why this pie will become one of your favorites.

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Rogue is a brewery out of Oregon that has been around since the late 80's. Originally starting small, brewing two beers in the basement of a 60 seat pub, it quickly grew and became the successful neighborhood brewery it is today. Rogue Dead Guy is the perfect pairing for the spiciness of the chorizo. This ale has a nice toasty malt aromas and earthy hops. This is a pretty full bodied beer that will keep up and compliment all the flavors on this pie and the bitterness of the hops give a great balance to the saltiness of the ingredients.  

If you're looking to step up your dinner game or feel like those leftovers in the fridge are a little bland for your palate, come in and order the flavorful Chorizo pie and a Rogue Dead Guy Ale. 

It's the holiday season...it's time to party!

Thanksgiving is next week and before you know it we will be counting down to midnight and ringing in 2018! 

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So do you have plans for the holidays? Kitchen ZINC is a perfect event space to throw a great party! You can rent the entire restaurant for the evening and throw an amazing celebration. There’s enough space for you to invite 50 of your closest friends, enjoy hors-d'oeuvres, pizza, salads, craft beer, draft wine, cocktails, the list goes on! 

Want to step it up a notch and have a killer New Year's Eve bash?! Bring your iPod and plug into our speakers or hire a DJ to set up in the corner. We’ll clear out the tables and create an area for you to have a dance party. 

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The best part of this whole evening is that you get to enjoy the party too! We’ll set up, clean up, check on your guests to see if they need more food or drink. All you have to do is send out the invites and let us worry about the rest. 

We'd love to host your event at Kitchen ZINC this holiday season. Elizabeth Ciarlelli, our Event Manager, will guide you through the experience and help you plan the perfect party! Call her today at 203-624-0507 ext 2 or email elizabethciarlelli@zincfood.com

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Pizza and Beer : Tomato Pie with Allagash White

A couple of weeks ago we paired a classic KZ pie, The Hawaiian, with NEBCO Seahag.This week, we think you should try the Tomato pie with a delicious Allagash White. 

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Allagash has created their interpretation of a Belgian-style wheat beer that is by far, one of our favorite beers to pour. Light, refreshing, Allagash White has a nice spice to it from their special blend of coriander and Curaçao orange peel.

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Allagash took a classic beer and put their spin on it, similar to how we do it here at Kitchen ZINC. A classic Tomato pie with a KZ twist, using tomatoes | roasted garlic | basil pesto | mozzarella  and fontina cheese | topped with herb salad. The flavors of this pizza with with the flavors and aromas of this spiced, Belgian-style beer are perfect. Nothing in this combination is  overly powerful, letting everything shine through. 

Sounds like you know what you're having for dinner tonight, right? 

What's On Tap? WINE!!

When you ask the question, 'What's on tap?' at Kitchen ZINC, you might get an answer thats a bit longer than you expected. Not only do we 6 craft beers, but we also have 6 delicious draft wines! 

Did you know about our draft wine system at Kitchen ZINC? If not, here’s a few reasons why you need to join us for a glass of wine soon. 

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1.  It was one of the first draft wine systems in Connecticut. 
    Yup, that's right! We were one of the first restaurants to install this system and we are so happy that since then, other restaurants have also made the move to tap a keg, of wine :)
 

2. There are 6 different wines, all poured for you at the proper temperture.
    Our cooler for the kegs has been set to the proper temperature for each kind of wine to allow you to truly experience the flavors. A common misconception is that the proper temperature to serve red wine is at room temperature. While this isn't wrong, the best temperature to pour a glass of red is between 60-70 degrees. White wine should be between 45-55 degrees.

 

3. It’s Green!
    Kegs offer a 96% reduction in carbon footprint compared to wine poured from bottles over 20 years. Just one stainless steel keg sequesters the same amount of CO2 as 28 trees! Plus, each keg put into service saves 2,340 lbs of trash from the landfill over its lifetime. -trywineontap.com

 

4. It’s always fresh!
    You don’t need to worry about wondering if that bottle has been opened too long or if the wine has been oxidized. The last glass of wine is as fresh as the first glass of wine! 

 

On tap right now we have

WHITE
Elki Cellars ‘Gotham Project’ / Sauvignon Blanc / Elqui Valley, Chile
NXNW / Chardonnay / Columbia Valley, Washington

ROSE
Empire Builder, ‘Sabine’ / Provence, France

RED
GSM / Hahn, California
Frico Rosso Toscano / Scarpetta/ Italy
Cabernet / Pacific Standard ‘Gotham Project’, California

 

Enjoy a glass, a 1/2 carafe, or a full carafe of any of these fabulous wine. We even have nightly specials featuring our draft wine!

Wine Wednesday | Cicchetti and 1/2 Carafe
Pick any 3 cicchetti & pair with a 1/2 carafe of our draft wine 24

So come to Kitchen ZINC and ask 'What's on tap?'