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Excellent restaurants in Stratford,Bridgeport, Milford, The Valley and West Haven.

Whitemarshjohn Feb 7, 2008 11:21 AM

I am looking for excellent restaurants in Stratford,Bridgeport, Milford, The Valley and West Haven. I enjoy just about any kind of food and the price range can be anywhere from the cheap hotdog stand up to the 4 star expensive restaurants. Thank you in advance.

  1. bagelman01 Jun 19, 2009 06:49 PM

    Had dinner tonight with my wife in our favorite Milford Italian restaurant: Pietra.
    765 Boston Post Rd
    Milford, CT 06460-2642
    (203) 878-9914

    This lovely restaurant has fine southern Italian Cooking, but not heavy. Service is elegant, with many changes of plates, crisp white table linens and attentive staff under the direction of Antonio.

    They specialize in 'family' portions of the entrees, but will make individual portions as well.
    I started with pasta fagiuilo in a light red broth, heavy on beans, light on ditalini with a few nice pieces of tomato. The beans had a nice chew, not mushy from sitting all day in the pot. The wife had the stracciatelli soup-chicken base with bright green spinach and egg whites.. Both were absolutely delicious. Soup is $5.50 for a healthy portion.
    Light, almost cake like squares of garlic focaccia are served warm with oil for dipping.

    We then shared the gorgonzola salad, crisp romaine tossed with chunks of gorgonzola in a light coating of dressing surrounded by wedges of Italian Plum tomatoes. The salad is $12.95 and can easilly serve three or 4. Took home about a third.

    We shared the eggplant rolatini. Very lightly breaded with no heavy or oily sensation. The ricotta was creamy as can bee. fresh mozzarella melted in a strip over each roll (not the yellow hard cheese.). The marinara sauce was flavorful and very light, A perfect choice for a summer evening. Four rolls in the serving, we each had one and took two home, as we were full. My 12 year old is devouring the leftovers as I write. I belive the eggplant was about $16.

    Many meat, poultry and fish entrees on the menu under $30 to serve two.

    Our only regret is that they no longer serve lunch.

    Closed on Mondays.

    We were too full for

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    1. re: bagelman01
      Scargod Jun 20, 2009 07:22 AM

      Sounds great and thanks for all the detailed info.
      You were too full for... to add "dessert"? Awesome, I don't mind skipping dessert when a meal is that good and you don't save room for it.

      1. re: Scargod
        bagelman01 Jun 20, 2009 10:50 AM

        Have eaten there many times, and only had room for dessert on the occasion that I just had their magnificent steamed mussels and a glass of wine. The mussels appetizer is enough for dinner for a very healthy appetite.

        The desserts look and smell good. I do remember tasting their cinnamon ice cream, which was an interesting experience. I liked it, but my wife dod not.

        In general, by the time we've shared a salad, had soup or a shred appetizer, we end up taking home half the entree and skip dessert.

        Great service, wonderful food and old world service, crisp linens, correct flatware, service plates changed at each course, and moderate prices.

    2. Scargod Jun 17, 2009 07:02 PM

      Recently, Wild Ginger, in Orange, Crave in Ansonia and if you go way up the valley, La Tavola in Waterbury. Like Bistro Basque in Milford (copied by Crave or vice-versa?).

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        mic1972 Jun 17, 2009 01:23 PM

        Taberna in Bridgeport is fabulous. Check it - http://www.tabernarestaurant.com/

        1. j
          Jeudyth Feb 15, 2008 05:01 PM

          Milford: across from Village Bagels/Linen and Things --
          Lao Sze Chuan -- Excellent Asian food
          Orange: Coromandel
          Bridgeport: Metric (Cannon St, downtown)
          Ralph 'n Rich's (also downtown -- polenta is excellent)
          Viale (on Fairfield Avenue)
          Omanel (Portuguese)
          Fairfield: Super Duper Weenie
          Sweet Basil (pan Asian) worth every penny
          (both are just off I-95 not far from the Bridgeport line)

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          1. re: Jeudyth
            MasterofLightChick Jul 30, 2008 03:07 PM

            How is Lao Sze Chuan - the owner of one of my FAVE Italian restaurants raves about the place. But, I just want some more details before I head down there. Thanks!

            BTW, great recs everyone. I agree with just about all of them!!!

            Am trying Sweet Basil tonight.

            1. re: MasterofLightChick
              mmalmad Aug 1, 2008 07:40 AM

              I like Lao Sze Chuen alot. The Tea smoked duck is great

              1. re: mmalmad
                Scargod Jun 17, 2009 06:57 PM

                Lao Sze Chuan has great food. See the reviews here on Chowhound.

          2. Jimmy Cantiello Feb 14, 2008 09:39 AM

            Bin 100, one of the newer joints in Milford and mentioned elsewhere on this site, is outstanding .Their imaginative food, excellent service and nice atmosphere make for a very enjoyable dining experience. Not inexpensive but worth the money, imo.


            1. redfox697 Feb 14, 2008 06:00 AM

              Acapulco's, downtown- Some of the best Mexican around, and the best Chile Rellenos ever.
              Biagio's Ryder's Landing, near Rt. 15- Trattoria-style high-end-ish Italian. Very good.
              Stella's, across from Sikorsky- Good homey red-sauce Italian and pizza.

              Tuscany- Some of the most outrageously good Italian food I've ever had, and I've had tons. Polenta with caramelized mushrooms and gorgonzola, OMG. (One of the cheapest things on the menu, too.)

              Bistro Basque- tapas/spanish.
              Seven Seas- pub food.
              Cafe Atlantique- cute coffee shop/wine bar.
              There's a bunch of new places that have just opened that I haven't tried yet.

              The Valley:
              Nardelli's, Naugatuck: Killer sandwiches and Italian grocery.

              West Haven:
              Daiko- excellent sushi. My all-around favorite in the area.
              Zuppardi's: good pizza.

              And since it's between Milford and West Haven, may I add Orange:
              Friend House, next to Trader Joe's- Different sushi than Daiko, a bit more adventurous. Get the Fuji Maki- they break out the torch! They also have other pan-asian things, which are hit or miss. Pad Thai, not so good, Cashew Chicken was excellent. I always go for the sushi.
              Coromandel- excellent Indian food.
              Thai House- decent Thai food.

              1. EastRocker Feb 8, 2008 09:15 AM

                Derby: Roseland
                Milford: Bistro Basque, Beach House, East, Citrus
                West Haven: Swagat (cheap but delicious indian)
                Naugatuck: Santos (portugeuse)

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                1. re: EastRocker
                  joan mar Aug 1, 2008 06:31 AM

                  Seconding Bistro Basque - I can't wait to go again!

                2. j
                  JBrown9538 Feb 8, 2008 07:53 AM

                  In West Haven, try a few of our faves:
                  Oyster River Tavern
                  Duffy's Tavern
                  And for a great hot dog, head over to Chick's Drive In.

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                  1. re: JBrown9538
                    jesoda Feb 8, 2008 08:03 AM

                    for drive in seafood, Stowe's Seafood in West Haven

                    First Street Pizza in Seymour

                    1. re: JBrown9538
                      Barley Feb 13, 2008 12:34 PM

                      Seconding Lorenzo's. Make sure you wait to hear the specials before you order - that is where they shine. Though the lasagna and many other dishes off the menu are awesome too.

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                      madisoneats Feb 7, 2008 11:38 AM

                      In Shelton:
                      Il Palio for fine dining
                      Liquid Lunch for great soup, sandwich

                      Roseland for pizza, pasta

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