Bread & Water, Middletown
Imagine you’re indulging in a bowl of authentic handmade gnocchi with fresh-shucked lobster Bolognese sauce (English peas, fat chunks of lobster and lemon creme fraiche) following a plate of grilled octopus so tender you can cut it with a fork ….and you’re in jail. Welcome to Bread & Water, a new Italian restaurant housed in Middletown’s ancient (circa 1850) former jailhouse. After hearing rumblings of a rare experience, a handful of friends and I went and sampled virtually everything on the menu – from delicate Duck-Confit-Filled Plin to Crab Encrusted Grouper over a Lobster Polenta Cake. Everything was spot-on, right down to the slightly charred and chewy, flawless house-made bread. Private dining is available in one of the Pamecha Jail’s original cells. BYOB, parking in the back, and definitely call for reservations. The sweet Chef Carl Ciarcia III and his ultra-friendly team of servers blessed us with a perfectly executed (no pun!) dining experience.