Vespa, the latest restaurant from New York restauranteur Bobby Werhane, serves Modern Rustic Italian—simple and thoughtful dishes inspired by the Mediterranean in general and Italy specifically—in the heart of Westport National Hall revival. With an old-world, ingredient-driven approach, Vespa displays the Italian trademarks that have always stood the test of time, but with versatile and local New England ingredients. Simplicity met with sophistication catapulted the position of Vespa in Fairfield’s dining scene since opening in January 2015. The menu has plenty of options, but seafood and pasta lovers will be especially delighted. Start with fresh crudo, fritto misto, grilled octopus, or mussels. Move on to seasonal entrées such as Slow Roasted Halibut or Veal Milanese. Or choose from a rotating selection of handmade pasta dishes, from classic Spinach Gramigna Bolognese, to Squid Ink Cappellini. And after dinner, sample a few Italian-inspired desserts, like Chocolate Peanut Butter Crisp and Zeppole doughnuts. Equally chic and cozy, the restaurant is divided into three “rooms” that flow gracefully into each other. Dominated by a black and white herringbone topped bar, the bar area provides the perfect spot for sipping craft cocktails and people watching. The understated main dining room offers sleek tables and minimalist lighting, while the wine room is paneled in racks of vino creating an intimate feel. The overall effect is contemporary, yet casual enough for a family gathering or weeknight dinner out with friends, yet sophisticated enough to feel special on a weekend night. Without question one of the most beautiful dining experiences in all of Fairfield County is outside on Vespa’s Patio overlooking the Saugatuck River. Guests are invited to stop by after work or arrive before dinner for a drink at the spacious bar. Enjoy a specialty cocktail, or have a glass or bottle from the hand-picked beer and wine list. Whether you’re planning a lunch meeting, a dinner date, or a private event, there’s a table for you at Vespa.