DownEast Magazine was out foraging for nuts and berries in western Maine, and happened upon Brian’s Bistro right there in downtown Rumford. They report they happened upon a happenin’ place:
- “Fine dining without pretentions” is how Brian describes his Italian-influenced menu that includes a truly memorable tiramisu. The fried calamari, served with a chipotle-marinara sauce, also rivals any in the business, and the pizzas come with thin crusts and generous toppings that hold together beautifully with just the right amount of cheese. Among the entrées and pastas, you’ll find Bourbon sirloin, chicken saltimbocca, and Amore made with reduction sauces, balsamic drizzles, aiolis, demi-glaces, and pestos. These sophisticated dishes are served up like comfort food in liberal, piping-hot portions with grandma-style sides.
I can always tell what year a writer graduated from college. The young ones can’t spell pretensions.