With each issue, the Heritage Villager profiles a local eating establishment that serves the area of our readership.
Bistro 143, 143 Oxford Road, Oxford. Restaurant dining; take-out, parties and outdoor dining in season. Times open: Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. – dinner menu only. Phone 203-881-0777.
The Back Story
Opened about eight months ago, Bistro 143 is a reimagined and creative reorienting of the Pies and Pints restaurant that had previously been in this location. Restauranteurs Chris and Theo decided that the growing commercial center along CT Route 67 in the heart of Oxford needed a neighborhood eatery that would feature contemporary cuisine with an accent on new classics. To make it easy for diners to remember the restaurant’s address, they chose the street number on Oxford Road for their new bistro.
The interior of the restaurant has a sophisticated feel, with blue-gray walls and black and
gold color tones along with the dark wooden furniture in the main dining area. The separate bar area includes niches with tables for two against the exterior windows, offering a good view of the changing seasons on the restaurant’s property. Two additional rooms, one on the main floor and the other more sequestered upstairs, offer private spaces for parties and gatherings.
On Your Plate
Attention to sources is an important part of food offerings at Bistro 143, with many locally sourced components. Small plates on the lunch menu include ahi tuna tacos, fried mozzarella and sausage and broccoli rabe. House made soups and generous salads including mediterranean and avocado are offered. Hand held items include the roasted tomato and artichoke combination served on pita bread and the Bistro 143 Burger. Nine kinds of sauces are available on the authentic Italian hand tossed pizza, including hot spice herb oil, pesto and blue cheese. On the Modern Plate section of the menu served at dinner are almond dusted tuna steak and Norwegian salmon. Desserts include house made tiramisu, bomba and Brooklyn cannoli.
In Your Glass
There at 25 beers on tap, including Pabst Blue Ribbon, Thomas Hooker Noreaster lager and Guinness Draught Nitro Stout. Bottled and canned beer options round out the brew choices. Designer cocktails include the Citrus Basil Manhattan and the Cucumber Watermelon Martini. A large selection of wines is featured, with premium house choices such as Seaglass Riesling and La Marca Prosecco.
From Your Wallet
Small plate prices include the fried ravioli combo at $10 and calamari frite at $11. A short ribs, blue cheese and onion flatbread is $14 and the red leaf romaine salad is $10.The Bistro 143 fish and chips is $20, saltimbocca pork chops are $24 and the braised short rib grilled cheese sandwich on sour dough bread is $14. Lunch handhelds include the Oxford burger at $12 and the chicken caesar wrap at $11. Classic Italian plates are served until 3 p.m. at lunch size and lunch prices. Desserts range from $4 to $6 per portion.
“We serve great food” is the slogan being used by Bistro 143. Responsive to customer requests and reflecting the stylish changes in Oxford, Connecticut’s fastest growing town, the restaurant is off to a solid start in its very first year.