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Hartford dinner for grandma's birthday

We'd like to take my Italian mother-in-law to lunch or dinner for her 85th birthday. Any suggestions about where we could have a special meal? We often take her to Bricco's in West Hartford for lunch, and we like it a lot, but are looking for something different for her birthday. What is the best Italian food in the Hartford area? Is there anyplace in Hartford with a view of the river? Any suggestions for something a little different would be very welcome!

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  1. There are a nice selections in Hartford on Franklin Ave. There is Carbone's true Italian restaurant at 588 Franklin Ave. There is Ficara's at 577 Franklin Ave. and Capriccio's at 626 Franklin Ave. Hope these help. Earle

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    1. re: Earle

      Is Capriccio's open? I heard that it was, but we tried to call them yesterday and none of the phone numbers that I had were in service. Which of those three do you think has the best food?

      1. re: Noank Native

        My wife and I have been to Carbone's more than any of the others. So I would say that we like Them the best. I've always gotten a good meal their. Earle

    2. Try On20 the Polytechnic Club if you're talking about Monday - Friday lunch. They have great food and are on the 20th floor of One State Street downtown- right on the river with a fantastic view. Its French and expensive not Italian but different from other restaurants. http://www.ontwenty.com/index.html

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      1. re: brookerme

        What about Peppercorn's? It is Italian (not red sauce Italian). No view but very good food.

      2. If you're looking for a spot outside of Hartford, Tomasso's in Rocky Hill may be just what you are looking for.

        1. Thanks crunyon for your suggestion, Tomasso's was perfect. Just got back from the birthday celebration. We had a fabulous antipasto (called antipasto della cassa? if I'm remembering it right), a good bottle of wine, and delicious food. I loved the set up in the dining room, with curvy booths--not sure exactly how to describe them--that were perfect for comfortable conversation. We all liked Tomasso's a lot and will go back!

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            1. re: Lanster

              I don't know the answer for Lanster. My mother-in-law who is Sicilian loved it, but as far as region of Italy, I really don't know.

            2. re: Noank Native

              Delighted to hear you enjoyed it; it's a gem.