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Jan 16, 2007 07:09 PM

When in Monroe, CT, don't waste your money at Carl Anthony's

If you enjoy a high priced menu with mediocre delivery, accompanied by an arrogant waitstaff, you'll absolutely love Carl Anthony's. The menu promises dishes that are found at high end establishments but the food is far from what the price you're paying would have you expect. The cheeses are oily and cheap, the beef carpaccio was cold and covered with a melted parm (who does this unless you're hiding what should be a melt in your mouth exquisite experience?) and the corking fee was $25. The food experience was one to be missed.

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  1. shocked to hear this, my wife and i have always had a good experience there, find the staff to be nothing but accomadating, and the food has been good...

    sorry you had a bad meal, was it only one visit?

    do youhave any other rec's in the area you feel are better, we moved here a few years ago (newtown) from Boston, and frankly find the eat-out scene around here for the most part, mediocre...Carl's was one of a few places we liked, along with John's cafe and Carol Peck's in Woodbury....

    La zingara in Bethel was great, then it died on us,we here its back , but we've been hesitant to re-try...

    so what else?

    1. La Zingara's is my favorite. Hands down. And to be fair, I was there on Friday night and then went to Carl Anthony's on Saturday night. CA's was a let down (but the same price). Carol Peck's is my second fave and John's Cafe is VERY spotty. When they're on, they're on. But to spend $125+ and have a meal we could make better at home, well ... I usually hit Peck's in that case. Have you tried the flash fired beef at Peck's? If only I could reproduce that dish at home ... But you're right. The dining around here is just OK. High prices with rather disappointing results. Inn at Newtown can be quite good, but it's been on and off (perhaps it depends on which of the two chefs is on?). Perhaps if there was an Elephant Walk in Newtown .. :))

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      1. re: NoelleAsh

        that would be nice, i would love to bring good dining to the area, but for some reason, people out here are happy with mediocre, i just dont get it...Christopher's i thought had potential, but was dissapointing, Bernard's in Ridgefield was dissapointing for the price, (the wine list was good) we tried a new fish place in new fairfield last year that showed some potential..(sorry cant remember the name), havent tried Ondine's yet... there's one we Southbury on main street..Pan Asisn fusion and very good sushi..the prices are a little high, but they are consistent and very friendly, and the decor is quite "hip"..we also like Panda garden in danbury for standard chinese and also really quality sushi...fageddabout that place in Bethel..the one the locals like for sushi..ick...

        I can be a harsh restauant critic..(La Zingara in their downtime, served me raw quail and half cooked bruchetta, half burnt half raw stale bread...i know bruscetta is a god use for day old bread, that i expect, but, COOK BOTH SIDES and dont burn it!!) so maybe i have let a few things pass with Carl Anthony's trying to convince myself that good food does exist out here, outside red-sauce italian..(Armando's btw is the place for that) and Cookhous BBQ...

        lets get some chowhounds out here to demand some good food up here..we cant always drive to stanford/norwalk/greenwich...

        ok my rant is done for now..


      2. I can be pretty harsh too but honestly, if you go out for a good dinner, why shouldn't you expect a good dinner? And wow ... I'm glad I missed the downtime at La Zingara's. It's my absolute favorite. Not a bad dish there yet. The roasted tomato saffron calamari is perfect. I had forgotten about Sake- love their sushi/sashimi. Armando's in Stony Hill area?

        Regarding Ridgefield ... I've heard good things about Tuscany, but haven't tried it first hand. But I agree, there aren't enough restaurants of high caliber (or even worth spending money at) in this area. Can I tell you how much we savor going into New York??? :)

        1. ok, try Viale in Bridgeport, that's right Bridgeport. Sarabande in Fairfield Center.....and for Sushi not to be missed Fin in Fairfield opposite Post Office

          1. This is a classic example of someone needing more than one visit to objectively rate a restaurant. It also sounds like someone doesn't know what they are talking about. This place offers unique choices, like duck duet, assorted fish or braised rabbit, and also offers old favorites with the Carl Anthony touch like mac & cheese made with squash and pearl onions and pancetta. Also, I know a number of people that go there just to order the balsamic calamari. I number of other area restaurants have added this to their menus, but nobody does it as good. When in Monroe CT, don't waste your money going anywhere other than Carl Anthony's.

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            1. re: cgallagher

              Carl Anthony's... I have been three times. So I guess I can judge? Not worth the money. Wait staff was slow each time, got orders wrong, forgot appetizers (made up by giving us half off dessert).
              Calamari was good. Any other dish we tried was mediocre. Under cooked chicken. Chicken Francese with no taste. Lobster Ravioli- salty and the sauce was warm, ravioli cool. Fish dishes were ok, but not great.
              I just would expect something more for the price they charge compared to other local places. It is like home cooking- so why go out and pay the price when I could cook the same at home?