Oct. 7-11: Valley Restaurant Week features deals at 17 restaurants

“Decadent. Delicious. Delectable.” These are just a few words that taste buds in the area will be shouting during Greater Valley Restaurant Week 2013.

From indulging in palate-pleasing Italian fare, hankering for something hot and spicy like authentic Mexican, and whetting one’s appetite with scrumptious cuisine from India, people need to look no farther than the Valley.

From Monday, Oct. 7 to Friday, Oct. 11, participating restaurants throughout the Greater Valley region will offer deals.

Here's how it works

Dine for $9 at lunch from a menu of special restaurant week items. Restaurants will create two or three courses.

Dinner is a $20.13 fixed price for a three-course menu.

Some of the dinner entrée choices offered in 2012 included Salmon Piccata, Enchilada Ranchero, Petto de Pollo all Milanese, NY Strip Au Poivre, Bistro Burger, Seafood Lasagna, Tandoori Chicken even Zupa di Pesce.

Not interested in the prix-fixe menu? That’s okay. The restaurants will still have their regular menu available.

Participating restaurants

Eating establishments participating in Greater Valley Restaurant Week are:

— Antonio's (Ansonia)

— Aribella (Shelton)

— Center Street Social (Shelton)

— 500 Degrees (Derby)

— Focaccia's Cafe & Catery (Shelton)

— Hot Tamale Mexican Bar & Grill (Seymour)

— Il Palio Ristorante (Shelton)

— La Scogliera (Shelton)

— Marco Pizzeria & Restaurant (Derby)

— Molto Bene Italian American Kitchen (Ansonia)

— 121 Restaurant & Bar (Oxford)

— Smoke & Bones BBQ (Derby)

— Tavern 1757 (Seymour)

— The Gourmet Cafe (Derby)

— Vazzy’s (Shelton)

— Verace Pizzeria, Market & Italian Eatery (Shelton)

In addition, Kim's Light Cafe (Shelton), Marco Pizzeria & Restaurant (Derby), and the Smoke & Bones food truck (Shelton) will offer "Small Bites" for those who need a quick meal to go.

The new “Small Bites” option offers special combo meals or discounts off specialties.

Try a new place or a new taste

Restaurant Week is an excellent opportunity to eat a delicious meal for a great price, according to publicity material. People can try a new place or visit an old favorite for a new taste.

It’s a way to try a restaurant you’ve heard about or driven by all those times while knowing exactly you will spend.

A culinary destination

Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell said the Valley “has become a destination for a variety of culinary influences, and Restaurant Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the rich culinary offerings in the Valley. I would urge our residents to patronize these offerings not only throughout this week, but also throughout the year.

“We are truly grateful to the participating restaurants for their hospitality and their creativity in the menu items they chose for Restaurant Week,” Purcell said.

‘Get out into the community’

Jennifer Bull, principal with the Shelton-based accounting firm of Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, said Greater Valley Restaurant Week is a way to get the know the region better while enjoying a nice meal.

“I look forward to seeing the different restaurants involved and I get excited once the menus are posted,” Bull said. “I send an email out to the office and encourage them to get out into the community and to really be a part of it...It’s fun because you get back to the office after lunch and everyone’s asking each other, ‘Where did you go today?’"

Brianna McCormack, a Shelton resident and student at Southern Connecticut State University, said Restaurant Week is an affordable way to try new restaurants.

“The cultural varieties of restaurants that participate make it fun to try out a new dish every day and night,” McCormack said. “Not only is the variety incredible, but the price is just right.”

Reminders and details

The folks at ConnecticutRestaurantWeek.com remind Restaurant Week patrons that beverage, tax and gratuity are not included in the special pricing. There may be some restaurants that do offer a beverage, so consult individual menus for specifics.

For a complete list of participating restaurants and their menus, go to www.greatervalleyrestaurantweek.com.