Old Towne Restaurant: Fall flavors, cozy feelings

It’s autumn in New England — the air is starting to bite, yet the landscape is warm with jewel tones — and if there’s a hankering for a meal that captures the feel and flavors of the season, then Old Towne Restaurant is the place to be.

Old Towne is hardly a newbie on the Trumbull dining scene. It has been a family-run establishment in town for 26 years, offering mostly Italian fare, but also a hearty selection of American staples.

Launched by George Kotsaftis, who is semi-retired from the business, Old Towne is operated by his children, Cathy Rountos and Dean Kotsaftis.

Rountos manages the business-end of things, while Dean Kotsaftis runs the kitchen and dreams up its specials, which change daily and seasonally. Old Towne offers specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The fall specials, Rountos said, are particularly popular with customers.

“Fall gives everyone a warm, cozy feeling,” she said. “The weather is changing, the leaves are changing. Everyone just wants to hunker down and enjoy a really good meal.”

For breakfast, Old Towne is offering buttermilk pancakes with sweet pumpkin spice. The fall mac and cheese entree incorporates roasted butternut squash in a velvety five-cheese sauce. The harvest pizza is topped with caramelized Granny Smith apples, brie and raisins.

In addition, Old Towne has year-round offerings of appetizers — salads, pasta, chicken, veal, pork chops, steak, seafood, sandwiches, burgers and pizza.

Whether it’s a meal out with family and friends, or a quick midday bite, the restaurant has something for everyone’s tastes and appetite, Rountos said.

Welcoming atmosphere

Inside Old Towne it’s bright and crisp.

Black and white scenes of Trumbull line the walls; a tray of rich desserts greets customers at the entrance.

Old Towne seats 185 guests. There’s also a private room that accommodates 50 for occasions such as holiday parties, christenings, and children’s pizza parties.

Want to eat at home? The restaurant offers catering trays and it has a full menu for take-out.

Rountos notes that all their food is fresh — seafood is delivered daily — and prepared in-house.

Family first

While managing a family business can be challenging, Rountos said working with her brother is rewarding and fun.

“It’s our heart and it’s our love,” she said. “We’re here because Dean has a passion for cooking — it’s in his heart, and it’s what he loves to do.”

And dad still likes to hang around and greet customers.

“He still works with us,” Rountos said of her father, George.

“He talks to customers, people who have been coming in for years and years,” she added. “They love to come in and see him.”

Old Towne Restaurant is at 60 Quality Street. It’s open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.. Reach them at 203-261-9436 or at oldtownerestaurant.net.