The Village Tavern in Ridgefield closes its doors

January 27, 2019

RIDGEFIELD — The Village Tavern restaurant on Main Street has closed its doors, roughly two years after opening, according to news reports.

The Patch reported Friday that the eatery had closed up shop.

The Village Tavern opened in Jan. 2017, under co-owners Bruno DiFabio and Germano Minin. The duo met in 2014 when DiFabio was a judge on The Food Network’s “Chopped” and Minin was a contestant

Back in October, DiFabio pleaded guilty to tax evasion, according to the Department of Justice.

At the time, the DOJ said DiFabio also owned several pizzerias in New York and Connecticut, including Pinocchio Pizza in New Canaan, Wilton and Pound Ridge, N.Y; Amore Pizza in Scarsdale, N.Y.; Amore Cucina and Bar in Stamford; and ReNapoli Pizza in Old Greenwich.

The DOJ said when DiFabio is sentenced, he faces up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $1.6 million and full restitution of $816,954 to the IRS.

After pleading guilty on Oct. 25, 2018, he was released on a $100,000 bond pending sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled.

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