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.
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