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Exceptional Restaurants in Fairfield County Area?

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Sudbury Sleuth Sep 11, 2009 04:10 PM

My wife and I have stumbled onto the Schoolhouse restaurant in Wilton, and have found the food and service there to be exceptional (really NYC caliber). Are there other places that are of that caliber in the area (say within 45 minutes of Ridgefield CT)?

We are open to any type of food, just focused on the highest caliber...

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    wineconsul Sep 18, 2009 05:32 PM

    La Villa in Westport
    Great Italian with the best Italian wine list I have evr seen, in terms of depth and price.

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      SeoulQueen Sep 13, 2009 08:09 PM

      Blue Stone at Hill Farms in Pocantico Hills ( about 27 miles so should take about 30-40 minutes).

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        wincountrygirl Sep 14, 2009 09:19 AM

        That's Blue Hill at Stone Barns...LOL!

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        eatermom Sep 12, 2009 12:13 PM

        We like Paci in Southport

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          poppy Sep 12, 2009 12:22 PM

          luc's in ridgefield is a wonderful experience. it is not fine dining but rather bistro food. very good and every frenchman around goes there and its always packed.

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          wincountrygirl Sep 12, 2009 02:43 AM

          La Zingarra in Bethel.

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            sibeats Sep 12, 2009 06:20 AM

            You've brought up this place before, I've never heard of it. What type of food is it?

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              wincountrygirl Sep 13, 2009 04:28 AM

              It is Italian, but it is not "red sauce: Italian (no chicken parm!). It's what you'd find in Italy. Fresh ingredients, excellent wait staff, sometimes really excellent wines by the glass (I've had a good Barolo). And it's casual. Here is the link:
              http://www.lazingararistorante.com/

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                sibeats Sep 13, 2009 05:25 AM

                Thanks...I looked at the menu, sounds really nice. Bethel is a little far to go, but I'll keep it in mind.

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                  wincountrygirl Sep 14, 2009 09:19 AM

                  We go from Goldens Bridge and it is a bit of a trek, but worth it.

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            hungrykids Sep 11, 2009 06:00 PM

            Carole Peck's Good News Cafe in Woodbury... Although it doesn't technically fall in the "fairfield county area" you titled your thread, it is certainly less than 45 minutes from Ridgefield (well, unless you live on the Wilton border, but even then, you could probably get there in 45 minutes) - Exit 15 off Rte 84

            To my mind - and palate - a truly outstanding CT meal.

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              sibeats Sep 11, 2009 05:35 PM

              Schoolhouse is one of the tops in the area. Harvest Supper in New Canaan is another excellent place...search here and you will find many threads extolling it's wonderful food. The soon to be opened Le Farm in Westport by Chef Bill Taibe should round out the trifecta of deliciousness! They should be open by the end of September.

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                Scotty100 Sep 11, 2009 05:39 PM

                Napa & Co. in Stamford (Taibe's old gig).

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                  sibeats Sep 11, 2009 05:47 PM

                  Yes, it's always been tops for us, but living in Westport I don't know how often we'll schlep back to Stamford now that he's within shouting distance.
                  Have you been there since he left?

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                    Scotty100 Sep 11, 2009 07:27 PM

                    Sib - no, not been back since he left but jonesing for some of the flatbread and pork chop (if on the menu...a must). So I will head back soon and see how the new guy is doing. I'm confident the owners will keep the standards high.

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                      wookiedoodle Sep 19, 2009 06:55 AM

                      Napa has the same owners and largely the same menu. New chef. Just as phenomenal as always.

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                        amanda3571 Sep 19, 2009 06:59 AM

                        I agree, had dinner there a couple weeks ago Still top notch.

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                          sibeats Sep 19, 2009 10:04 AM

                          Glad to hear it...we ate there shortly after the chef left and had a really subpar meal. It was so out of character we were hoping it was just a fluke.

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