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roy Jul 29, 2004 05:45 PM

Anyone know any good places in Stamford, CT.? Recent relocation from NYC and need help.

Thanks

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    lucandnico Nov 28, 2008 06:01 PM

    Try Columbus Park Trattoria for the best Italian in Stamford and Mitchell's Fish Market for decent fish and the biggest slice of carrot cake known to man.

    1. louuuuu Mar 7, 2008 03:30 AM

      Ok an update from four years ago. Stamford has suddently become a destination food town, with over 50 restaurants in downtown alone.

      Here are some of my personal faves

      Italian -- Columbus Park, il Falco
      Indian -- Daksin
      Fusion -- Duo
      Steak -- Steak Loft (above Ocean 211)
      Seafood -- Ocean 211, Salt Water Grille
      Pizza -- Colony, Pizza Bistro (also tuna pizza at Grand)
      Diner -- City Limits
      French -- Chez Jean-Pierre
      Hamburger -- The Burger on Garlic toast at Tiernan's
      Japanese -- Fin
      Diner -- City Limits
      Latin and SA -- Brazitas (don't be put off by exterior)
      Eclectic, Interpretive, Pricey, Good -- Telluride, Market
      Breakfast -- Margot's, City Limits
      Bagels -- Liz Sue
      Ice Cream -- Gofers
      Soup, sandwiches -- Sundance Cafe, Katies
      Thai -- Kits Thai Kitchen
      Mex -- Ole Mole
      Hot Dog -- Hebes at Costco in Darien
      Deli-- Stamford has a long way to go. So, too, Ct
      There's also a sizeable Carribean cuisine, but don't know it here

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      1. re: louuuuu
        nbermas Mar 8, 2008 10:56 AM

        Jamacian- Best Top of the Hill: The Breakfast is very good and it will last you all day before you need anything else. They are on Broad street next to Domino's near Stamford Hospital. I always have the liver with dumplings, bananas and yams. Lunch is very good too with anything from chicken to oxtails. Also try the cod fritters. Near by there going back towards Target on the left side is a great bakery spanish style with some yummy things.

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          City Sep 30, 2008 09:01 AM

          I would stay away from the duck at Kit's in Stamford, the curry's ok. Personally the Curry is the only thing I would get there.

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            stukin Feb 14, 2013 10:11 AM

            When I first came to Stamford, there were exactly 5 restaurants. The Open Door, Pellicci's, Armando's, Sai Wu, and Curley's. Other than those, there was junk. We didn't get the first McDonald's until about 20 years after I moved here. Stamford has come a very long way.

            By the way, I thought Il Falco was gone. It was on Broad St for many, many years before it disappeared.

            Overall, I agree with your choices, but I'd add Eos for Greek on Summer St.

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              MommaJ Feb 14, 2013 07:05 PM

              stuki, this is a very old thread, hence the reference to Il Falco, which has been closed for several years, and the lack of any mention of some of the newer spots in the city.

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            sibeats Jan 27, 2008 08:22 AM

            Market and Duo are both very good.

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              latingringo Jan 26, 2008 11:53 PM

              I just ate at Fiesta today and it was awful. I'm a frequent visitor of Lima, Peru (my gf lives there) and everything I ordered was bland. Aji de Gallina, no spice and was missing 50% of the flavor, Papa a la huancaina....the sauce was horribly boring, Cebiche de Pescado...this was the worst I've ever experienced...the fish had been sitting in the the bowl for a couple days no doubt when it should have been FRESHLY made. Choros a la chalaca...had a cheesy taste..mixed with diced tomates and red onions...should be NO TOMATES and chunky red onions for a authentic flavor. Lomo saltado....they used frozen french fries and really thinly sliced beef and canned tomatoes.

              If you are going to open a restaurant to showcase the food of your origin i would suggest not cutting corners. I'm very proud of the Peruvian cuisine and was anxious to take my business counterparts to dinner and left feeling very let down. What a horrible experience.

              I must add, the only Peruvian beer they have is Cristal (no Pilsen & Cusquena) and no Pisco Sours due to a lack of a liquor license. They claim to have authentic Peruvian food but it's nothing but a joke.

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                debvil Jan 29, 2008 01:59 PM

                WOW - I've been going to Fiesta for a few years and have always found it to be very good (I prefer the Shippan locale) my parents are from Peru and this is where we go. HOWEVER we have been going to the Norwalk Location on Route 1 Fiesta Limena which has been great. I haven't been to the stamford location for about a year. Perhaps they have been concentrating more on the new location. Ordering suggestions: LOMO Saltado, Jalea Especial, yuca frita, ceviche mixto that's what we usually order. I've only seen cusquena at Macchu Picchu in Port Chester. Get an Inca Cola. Skip dessert I find them weak (except for the Lucuma ice cream which is a treat for me).

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                  hudsonvalleyfoodblog Nov 28, 2008 04:42 PM

                  I second the Norwalk location. Does anyone know the name of the green dipping sauce they serve with the bread? That stuff is addictive.

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                    adamclyde Nov 29, 2008 10:25 AM

                    The green sauce is aji.

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                      hudsonvalleyfoodblog Dec 1, 2008 07:19 AM

                      Thanks, I love that sauce. To me that is the best part of the meal.

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                      elaroj May 8, 2009 07:16 PM

                      It's called "aji", pronounced "ah hee"

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                  luv2eat Jul 30, 2004 12:01 PM

                  Luna Rosa is fabulous! They have delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere, don't be put back by the pizza parlor store front. The room in the back is beautiful and they have innovative Italian dishes! Hope you try it and enjoy! They are located on 2107 Summer Street in Stamford, 203-358-9590.

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                    cteats Jul 29, 2004 09:27 PM

                    What're you looking for? Stamford and environs have plenty to eat, not on the scale you're used to in NYC, but probably a decent version of just about anything. Except pizza, unfortunately.

                    A few worth considering (addresses and phones found on Internet or elsewhere on this site):

                    Dakshin: excellent Indian
                    Myrna's: casual Lebanese
                    Telluride: good eclectic American, good wine list, half price wine on Sundays
                    Rolando's or Casa Villa: pretty good authentic taco's, etc., takeout
                    Scotty's Fish & Chips: Jamaican takeout
                    Galangal: Thai/Vietnamese

                    There's lots more ... some direction regarding what you are looking for will get more responses.

                    And, welcome to town!

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                      cjmz Jul 30, 2004 12:34 PM

                      Ecclisse - Italian
                      Pellicci's - Italian
                      Columbus Park - Italian
                      Crabshell - Seafood (on the water)
                      Fiesta - Peruvian * my personal favorite

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                        mommaj Jul 30, 2004 08:32 PM

                        I live in Stamford and have never tried Fiesta (not sure I even knew it existed). Tell me more! What's the menu, atmosphere, don't miss dishes?

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                          cteats Aug 1, 2004 10:23 AM

                          There are 2 Fiesta's in Stamford: one on Atlantic and one (Fiesta Cove) on Shippan Avenue, behind the Fish & Chips place. I don't know for sure that they are related, but one would think so. They are similar in menu and ambience.

                          They are casual restaurants serving Peruvian specialties. In my experience, the Cove version has mostly Peruvian customers, the Atlantic restaurant more of a mix. I think overall the Cove version is a little more interesting.

                          Menu includes a lot of seafood dishes, like Shrimp and Rice, Fried Fish platter, various mixed seafood versions. They are hearty meals. I like the ceviche appetizer very much, in both versions (mixed seafood and fish). We've had a few other interesting things there, such as an appetizer of sliced, boiled potatoes covered in a thick, mayonnaise-like sauce, served cold.

                          There are also other typical Peruvian dishes (or so I've been told) like lomo saltado (sauteed beef, vegetables mixed with french fries), fried chicken and the (to my palate) strange, Chinese-inspired dishes.

                          Prices are ok, generally $6 or so for appetizers, the mid to upper teens for entrees. They've got wine and beer, and a sangria that we always get. Caution is advised with the sangria, it sneaks up on you.

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                          Chuck Aug 1, 2004 06:02 PM

                          I second the recommendation on Pellicci's!!!! I moved from CT to TX about 8 years ago and if there's one thing I miss down here, it's good Italian food. On a job interview not too long ago, dinner at Pellicci's reminded me what I was missing out on and almost made the decision a no-brainer.

                          Then I compared real estate prices between here and there again and realized that I might not be able to afford eating at Pellicci's unless they sweetened the offer a bit.

                          But I digress - - the moral of the story is EAT AT PELLICCI'S!!!

                          1. re: cjmz
                            PaulaT Mar 10, 2008 07:36 AM

                            I had a bad experience at Ecclisse and wouldn't recommend it, but for Italian
                            Mona Lisa, Emmri of Capri or even Ill Falco. I have heard that Ferrantes is good, but have not been.

                            1. re: PaulaT
                              louuuuu Mar 10, 2008 01:00 PM

                              Eclisse is the triumph of quantity over quality. For families with kids, probably a good value. But certainly not memorable taste treat. Combine value with taste at Pizza Bistro. Try Columbus Park for more upscale fare . E of C has no liquor license and NY prices. il Falco is classical Italian and, while not adventuresome, they do what they do as well as anyone in Stamford. Their Zabaglione is perfection (but off the menu) Don't regard Mona Lisa as highly as others.

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                                gillyweed Mar 10, 2008 05:35 PM

                                Completely agree about Eclisse. Works well for large group meals, but I would never choose to go there otherwise.

                                I don't agree about Emme of Capri - find their prices quite reasonable, especially compared to some of the recent additions to the Stamford restaurant scene. Almost all of the entrees are in the $18 - $24 range. I'm not sure about their liquor license situation, but they do have a decent wine list (not a huge selection, but enough to keep us happy) and I believe they serve beer as well.

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