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Rebeccas (203) 532-9270; 265 Glenville Road, Greenwich, Connecticut.

Amenities: If you read Food & Wine magazine, you may recall the stunning photo of their sleek counter seating. This inviting area overlooks the glass-enclosed display kitchen which is easily seen from any location in this light and airy restaurant.

Co-owner and general manager Rebecca Kirhoffer revealed this seating for six was originally designed for neighbors to stop in for a quick bite. It's now so popular, reservations are now taken.

Fans of this area are varied. They include restaurateurs, a message therapist and "adorable little Charlie" who calls to make reservations for himself and his parents. Four year old J.R., another younger regular, delights in making his own dessert in the kitchen with the pastry chef. (Ask about "Tiger" and the fish bowl!)

One grateful wife, traveling from Nantucket, made a special visit to thank the staff for "feeding her husband throughout the summer."

Cuisine: Modern American menu changes on a daily basis in response to the availability of local produce and seafood.

Neighborhood: Nearby exits to and from both the New England Thruway (I-95) and Merritt Parkway.

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Tuscan Oven (203) 846-4600; 544 Main Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut

Amenities: Solo business travelers staying at neighboring hotels flock here, especially at dinner, attracted by the comfortably elegant surroundings and, of course, food straight from a woodburning rotisserie and an Italian imported pizza oven. Favorite seating includes a deuce by the window and bar seating.

Cuisine: "Wonderful" Northern Italian (featuring fresh-made mozzarella)

Neighborhood: North of the Norwalk-Wilton Line

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