After omicron delays, new Italian eatery opens in Trumbull

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TRUMBULL — After multiple delays, the new Italian restaurant Ecco finally opened for business Tuesday.

And, while the eatery is still in its infancy, Dan Camporeale, a partner in Ecco, said he’s optimistic about the new spot.

“It’s been one day,” Camporeale said when interviewed Wednesday, but added “People have been pretty positive so far.”

Ecco, which is at 6540 Main St., in the new Long Hill Market shopping plaza, was supposed to open around Christmas time. But when the omicron variant of COVID-19 hit Connecticut, causing a new surge in COVID cases, the opening was delayed.

Further complicating matters, many people associated with the project became ill, and there were some supply chain issues that also pushed things back.

On Sunday, the restaurant was finally able to open for a small “friends and family” night and officially opened to the public on Tuesday. Camporeale — who is a partner in other local restaurants, including Molto in Fairfield and Spiga in New Canaan — said he isn’t sure if Ecco will have a big grand opening.

“That’s undecided,” he said. “I think we’ve only done it in one of our other places, after we were open a month. We just got bombarded and slammed. It was too much for the kitchen. I wouldn’t want to do that again to the kitchen.”

Ecco’s offerings include a mozzarella bar, brick oven pizzas, fresh-made pastas and a bevy of Italian favorites, such as lasagna and chicken parmesan.

Right now, the restaurant is only open for dinner service. Camporeale said the plan is for the restaurant to add lunch service soon, but they wanted to ease into it.

“It’s easier for us for kitchen purposes,” he said of the temporary “dinner-only” model.

Rina Bakalar, Trumbull’s director of economic and community development, said she attended the friends and family night at Ecco and hopes to return to the restaurant soon.

“The friends and family night was wonderful and the food was outstanding,” Bakalar said. She also praised the decor, and said she was told that the restaurant was purposely decorated mostly in black and gold, which are Trumbull High School’s colors.

“I think it’s going to be great for the plaza obviously, but also great for the region and the town,” Bakalar said of the restaurant.

For more information on Ecco, visit https://eccowinebar.com/.