A Review of Primavera Pub in Hartford in NYTimes.com

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Portugal’s Heritage, Soaked in Wine and Garlic: A Review of Primavera Pub in Hartford – NYTimes.com.

New York Times review of Primavera Pub in Hartford, Ct.

By RAND RICHARDS COOPER

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Following text credit to : RAND RICHARDS COOPER NYT

THE SPACE Seating for 35 in a small, homey room with stained drop-ceiling panels, gingham curtains, rudimentary mismatched chairs and tables, and walls decorated with family photos, musical instruments and commemorative soccer balls. Wheelchair access through the front door.

THE CROWD Regulars, many speaking Portuguese, chow down on colossal portions of seafood and grilled meats served by two friendly waitresses, in stylish black jeans, skillfully navigating the crowded room.

THE BAR Seating for a dozen, with full dining. Drinks include standard cocktails along with Portuguese beers; a changeable wine list of about 15 mostly Portuguese bottles, from $16 to $27; and house wine by the glass from $2 to $3.50.

THE BILL The bargains include appetizers, $4.50 to $8.50; soups, salads and sandwiches, $3 to $8.50; entrees, $13.50 to $16.50; and desserts, $2 to $3.50. All major credit cards except American Express.

WHAT WE LIKED Shrimp cakes, vegetable soup, grilled sausage and peppers, steak sandwich, garlic shrimp, clams in white wine and garlic, grilled shrimp and squid, seafood pasta, wild boar, rib-eye steak with mushrooms, picadinho, bacalhau and clams caldeirada, braised rabbit stew, grilled octopus, porco alentejana, toasted almond cake, flan.

IF YOU GO All-day menu served Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations not accepted. Parking in lot.

RATINGS Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.

Primavera Pub

271 Newington Avenue

Hartford

860-953-7411

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