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“Best Urban Pizzeria in Middletown, CT”

First & Last Tavern
Ranked #70 of 156 Restaurants in Middletown
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Best Urban Pizzeria in Middletown, CT”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Simply stated, First & Last Tavern in Middletown, like its sister restaurant in Hartford, is Best of its class in the Middletown Area.

Located on Middletown’s Main Street, also referred as Middletown’s Restaurant Row, the restaurant has a vibrant, urban, friendly atmosphere. Its ambiance is updated Italian-American-comfortable. This location is bright, young, professional and ‘loudish’. The atmosphere quickly enrolls you in its celebratory spirit. Service in this restaurant is attentive and friendly. Parking is available in front of the restaurant, around Main Street, or in a parking lot within quick and safe walking distance. Expect the restaurant to be packed most nights, especially during weekends, but worth the drive.

Like at its sister restaurant in Hartford, excellent Pizza is also at the heart of this restaurant. Pizza is authentic Italian, cooked to perfection and consistently delicious. In addition to favorite pies, White Pizza (a garlicky delight), Pepperoni, Mozzarella, and Anchovy, I love their Meatballs which, I often eat as a side dish to accompany First & Last Tavern’s world class Martinis! -And this is where the two sisters differentiate. First & Last Tavern in Middletown has a great, albeit busy bar. It is usually packed during happy hour and early evening on weekends. And there is no wonder why. Excellent drinks, honest pours and impeccable bar service, are the reason. I’ll drink to that!

The restaurant is ideal for lunch, after-hours drinks, couples, and family visits. If you want great pizza and world class martinis in an updated Italian urban Pizzeria environment, this is the place to be in Middletown. --Second only to its sister restaurant in Hartford CT, the subject of a separate review. Value on both is high.

  • Visited December 2012
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Lake Ridge, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Kind and courteous staff that serves consistently well prepared food in a comfortable and casual setting.”
Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

I've always had a great experience every time I visit this restaurant that's attached to the Middletown police department. My waitress misheard my order today ( or I misspoke) and after apologizing she got me a complimentary glass of wine. That is excellent service. The bolognese sauce was tasty and flavorful. The pizzas are always excellent, especially the sweet pea pizza and the works pizza. The eggplant grinder is reliably delicious and the sausage and peppers never disappoints.

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Thank katie j
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Hartford, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
250 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Very good food”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Go sit at the bar with Amy and Mark as your bartenders. Great food, great drinks and a very friendly atmosphere with a lot of regulars, kind of like one huge family.

Visited December 2012
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East Haddam, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2013

One of my hubby's favorite pizza places. We eat a lot of pizza and this place definitely knows how to make 'em right!

Visited September 2012
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Essex, CT
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Italian pizza”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

One of the best Italian style pizza around. I am not sure why most places make greek style pizza. They also have very good bread. Their dessert is generally not that good though. Service at times can be poor.

Visited September 2012
Thank noahark
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