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September 14, 2009updated Feb 11, 2013

Vermont’s Only Relais & Chateaux, The Pitcher Inn, Creates New Dining Concept

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Mediterranean on Main is the new culinary motif of The Pitcher Inn, Vermont’s only Relais & Châteaux-designated establishment.

This summer owner Maggie Smith worked with Chef Sue Schickler to reposition the restaurant of this iconic hostelry. In so doing the name was changed to 275 Main at The Pitcher Inn. The menu has assumed a distinctly Mediterranean flair with attention paid to Vermont-farm-originated organic produce and grass-fed beef so readily available in the Green Mountains.

Ari Sadri, general manager and sommelier, has created an extensive wine cellar and assists with perfect pairings at every meal, drawing from an exemplary Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.

The menu includes cuisine prepared in an authentic manner with local, regional or global ingredients meticulously sourced and selected for freshness and variety. Schickler changes the menu daily, allowing her to showcase and celebrate local and seasonal fare.
Starters might be a mortadella or choice Italian salamis. Chef Schickler’s pastas intoxicate the palate: think “Pappardelle with Braised Rabbit, Olives, Pancetta and Tomato” or “Linguine Fine with Bacon, Chiles, Basil and Mascarpone.”

Still hungry? There’s a “Northeast Family Farms New York Strip Steak with Black Pepper and Gorgonzola Butter” or “Grilled Lamb Porterhouse Chop with Roasted Peppers, Feta and Black Olive Butter.”

Jim Gioia, pastry and dessert chef, offers, among others, “Chocolate Hazelnut Torta with Espresso Zabaglione and Frangelico Cream” and “Olive Oil Cake with Blueberries and Limoncello Gelato.”

Guests at 275 Main enjoy a tavern ambiance on a river setting. Two fireplaces, brick and stone walls, hardwood floors, warm colors and soft lighting mingle with the Inn’s signature collection of local art, antiques and collectibles.

The Pitcher Inn is recognized internationally for its sophisticated services combined with a dash of whimsy in 11 deluxe rooms and suites themed to Vermont attractions, such as trout, mountain and schoolhouse.

The Pitcher Inn on the scenic and legendary Rt. 100 is just 45 minutes from the Burlington Airport and can also be accessed from Vermont’s I-89. Nearby activities include fly-fishing, downhill and cross-country skiing, golf, gliding and hiking, among others.

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The Pitcher Inn has also been named a Fodor’s Choice 2009 establishment.

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