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Sabatiello's in Stamford

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AndreaB Mar 13, 2008 10:11 AM

Does anyone know what happened? They had a sign out front that it's under new management, and the new awning they put up today is touting it as "Sabatiello's Italian Steakhouse," with a piano bar. Any insight? Also, I'd love to hear some reviews if anyone's up for being the guinea pig.

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    lisette RE: AndreaB Mar 13, 2008 10:53 AM

    Word on the street is that it was on an episode of Kitchen Nightmares, which may explain the name/menu change. I haven't been there since, but would love to hear from others about the menu/food/service.

    1. amanda3571 RE: AndreaB Mar 13, 2008 11:19 AM

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/490973

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        AndreaB RE: amanda3571 Mar 13, 2008 11:41 AM

        No kidding? Huh, I had no idea. This is really interesting - the sign that's been out there for a few days (I walk past every day to and from work) states that it's "Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey's favorite Italian in Fairfield County"!

      2. PaulaT RE: AndreaB Mar 14, 2008 08:53 AM

        So far as I know, this is all because of the Gordon Ramsey visit, no changes in ownership, maybe a slightly improved menu. I understand they wanted to do something like oceans 11 did with Dunn's loft, but were not permitted to have two names.

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          AndreaB RE: AndreaB Mar 18, 2008 08:40 AM

          Just as an FYI, I stopped and checked out the menu this morning - it looks VERY similar to the old one, although there may be fewer items. Also, does anyone know when that episode of "Kitchen Nightmares" will air? I'd be very curious to check it out.

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            Stamford Talk RE: AndreaB Apr 5, 2008 04:13 AM

            Not sure but I'll post when I find out. It's not on my TiVo so it doesn't look like the new season's set up.
            Paula T, what do you mean 'have two names?' Like one downstairs and one upstairs? That upstairs is HUGE so I can see why the owner would want to split up the place.
            Geez so is the own ripping off Dunn's Loft?

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            MommaJ RE: AndreaB Apr 10, 2008 01:00 PM

            I'm still chuckling over a grand opening flyer for the resurrected Sabatiello's that arrived with my newspaper today: "Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay Fox Networks Kitchen Nightmares 'Favorite Italian Restaurant' in Fairfield County". So, Gordon doesn't get out much, I guess? I can think of 5 or 6 better Italian restaurants that are within walking distance of Sabatiello's, much less within all of Fairfield County. Anyway, the flyer promises an "exciting new experience", for those who are into excitement, as opposed to good food.

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              jfood RE: MommaJ Apr 10, 2008 05:37 PM

              Jfood received the same flyer in the Advocate and almost spit out his coffee.

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              megham RE: AndreaB Apr 10, 2008 05:44 PM

              A friend of mine was actually at Sabatiello's the first night of filming Kitchen Nightmares...said the experience was horrible. He thought it's airing later this summer or fall.

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