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Reception Dinner in Fairfield &, CT

Hi,

I am looking for a moderately priced restaurant in Fairfield, Westport, SoNo for a wedding reception dinner for 40 ppl. Rustic Northern Italian with family style seating would be ideal but we are interested in any unusual, quirky dining locales. We love American but that is what we are serving for the wedding so we're looking for something a little different and a place where we can keep the cost down. No tapas, Mediterranean, Japanese or Chinese.

I've heard mixed reviews about The Dressing Room, Schoolhouse (I know, they are American too) is a bit pricey and nothing is standing out in SoNo but I live in LA so I am not familiar with the new restaurants.

Thanks~

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  1. try 55 degrees in fairfield. they also own cava in new canaan. extremely accomodating.

    1. try Via Sforza in Westport - terriffic Italian. There's a room that looks like a wine cellar that would be great for a private party - not sure how many it holds

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      1. re: Ima Foodie

        via sforza is good but terriffic might be a little too strong of a word. when you have as many people eating pizza as those eating a regular meal then i consider that basic italian. they are very nice though and probably less $$ than 55 degrees, although anything can be negotiated these days.

        1. re: poppy

          We had a terrible meal at Via Sforza that I mentioned in a past thread. I wouldn't recommend it for a special event. 55 degrees is better for italian in my opinion.
          What about Harvest Supper in New Canaan? Also American, but the food is great and they would probably work with you. It's a small place, maybe just the right size for 40 people.

          1. re: sibeats

            Uh, OP asked for moderately priced. Harvest Supper...while delicious...is nowhere near moderately priced.

            1. re: CTburgerlover

              Which is why I said maybe they would work with them if they took the whole place. Worth a shot for delicious food...

              1. re: sibeats

                i don't think ginger needs the whole place. if she is willing to settle for one room and the deck (maybe shared?) the the place can also do their regular business and not be dependent on just ginger's group. track down vincente. he is always either at cava in new canaan or 55 in fairfield. he works all the time.

                1. re: poppy

                  I was talking about Harvest Supper, not 55 Degrees.

              2. re: CTburgerlover

                Actually, Harvest Supper's 5 course tasting menu for $50 is a steal.

            2. re: poppy

              funny, I've never seen anyone eating pizza there. In any case, why would that define it as "basic Italian"?

              1. re: Ima Foodie

                Last time we were there at least half the tables were eating pizza! Looked decent.

            1. thank you all.
              I inquired at 55 degrees; the manager could barely hold a conversation and they charge a 5K minimum. I work in the events industry (West Coast) and that's just silly. The venue looked nice though!
              I also contacted La Zingara in Bethel. They could give me the outdoor patio that seats 45 but it's October. They say that they seat people there through December? I don't think that my inlaws would be pleased if I chose them.
              I will try Via Sforza; thank you! We have a few favorite upscale but comfortable italian favorites in LA and pizza is definitely on the menu. They server it at Mozza and many other four star restaurants in LA and NY. I think it's charming.

              1. ugh, Via Sforza doesn't take private parties.
                I am open to any suggestions!

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                1. i still think that 55 is where you want to be. while you could have hit a language barrier that would not affect their hard work or quality of food. they are all family and very hard working. if you said you wanted fresh fish they would probably run down to the river and catch you one. the set up is great and if you catch a nice evening you can have cocktails on the deck. haggle the price. the owner's name is vincente or something. ask for him.