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Quattro Pazzi coming to Downtown Stamford

louuuuu Jan 26, 2010 09:34 AM

The popular Italian is slated for the old Sabatiello's space.... with all its kitchen nightmares buried in the sawdust. Saw a liquor permit request on the door from Quattro Pazzi and lotsa pounding inside. Website doesn't list opening date or address but confirms they are coming downtown.

I never made it to its previous iteration on Hope, but can see on these boards that its Norwalk and Fairfield locations get good notices..

this can't help but be a major upgrade from Sammy's CougarTown Red Sauce Palace. And hopefully better than the barely passable Capriccio a couple of doors away.

Also noticed that Meera's is noMorra. Outflanked by Tawa, Coramadel, and the other fresh new Indians in town.

Saw one poll where QP was voted tops Italian in CT. So is it fantastic, solid, or just ok? In the same league with authentics Patsa Nostra, Columbus Park? Or do people flock for the big Italian-American portions and reasonable prices?

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    poppy Jan 26, 2010 11:37 AM

    anytime i see anything voted best of anything in an open poll i automatically assume the ballot box has been stuffed. this goes for restaurants, bars, and any other establishment gastronomical or otherwise. qp is decent enough, but best? not by a longshot.

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      sibeats Jan 26, 2010 01:40 PM

      It's okay, nothing great. I wouldn't put it in the same league as Pasta Nostra or Paci. Better than Centro.. We don't go there because they don't take reservations and it's not good enough to wait for. Their sister place in FFLD Osianna is very nice mediterranean food. Also no reservations but we go for lunch and enjoy the small plates.

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        foleyd7 Jan 26, 2010 03:14 PM

        Quattro is a very solid place, but not spectacular. Witihn Fairfield/Southport I would put it a bit behind Paci and Lianna's, but it would probably be next (strictly within the town of Fairfield). I've had some very good dishes there and some average ones. I think it is quite a bit better than Centro though.
        From an atmosphere perspective, the Fairfield location is very crowded, tight, noisy, and busy. Sometimes this can be fun - - - sometimes you might want something a bit more quaint and quiet.
        Agree that their Osianna sister restaurant in Fairfield is much better. I think it often has more to do with Quattro's menu than their preparation - - - it's not extraordinary or awe-inspiring.
        The "no reservation" policy can sometimes be a good thing when grandma calls at 5 pm on Sat night and offers to swing by and watch the kids and you didn't already have a reservation lined up.
        I've heard the menu's vary from location to location. So it is definitely a restaurant to put on your list to try and form your own opinion.

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        gillyweed Jan 26, 2010 02:17 PM

        I agree with sibeats - better than Centro, but clearly behind the better Stamford/SoNo italian restaurants (my personal fave being Emme of Capri).

        The Quattro Pazzi menu is currently being served at Spazzio (down in the Cove) if you want to check it out in advance. Apparently the same owners.

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          LorenV Jan 27, 2010 03:25 AM

          Someone should alert the Fairfield (etc.) Advocate local paper that still lists Sabatiello's as having LIVE JAZZ! every week. Maybe by the time the new restaurant opens up?

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            rbailin May 2, 2010 06:23 AM

            Looks like QP will be opening real soon now:

            Quattro Pazzi Now Hiring Line Cooks/ Chef (Stamford, CT)
            http://newyork.craigslist.org/fct/fbh...

            (Interesting followup questions requested with your resume.)

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              lillydaisy May 2, 2010 07:51 PM

              Those questions on the ad are too much! Wonder if it's working for them.
              By the way- The Advocate is suffers from poor communication within it's own organization. They are probably still sending Sabatiello's bills while still publising the ad.

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              temilove May 14, 2010 03:38 AM

              Quattro Pazzi which was opened years before Fairfield (on Hope st, in Stamford) and then
              closed was 100% better food than the Quattro in Fairfield, you can,t even compare.
              Can't wait for it to open, we really miss the freshness, and great specials. PLZ give it a try
              food lovers!

              1. cheereeo May 17, 2010 10:19 AM

                Dining semi-al fresco on the covered porch at QP's Fillow Street/Norwalk/Oak Hills Golf Course location on a warm evening around dusk with the ceiling fans going . . . nothing nicer.

                1. louuuuu Feb 13, 2011 12:12 PM

                  Finally made it to QP after a late Saturday afternoon flick at Avon. Got there about 6:45. Not only was it packed, but we were told there was a 30 minute wait. Decided to have a drink at the bar and see what all the hubub was about. Exactly 30 minutes later almost to the second we were seated.

                  I'm think I know why QP is such a hit. Maybe the reasonable prices. Maybe the ample portions. Maybe the peppy, spirited service. And maybe the fare. Tho not mine. My veal mellinaise w arugula was a bit dry and my wife's Linquini pesquatore slightly overcooked.

                  Maybe its just. Bedford St, which seems to attract B to B plus restos and big crowds.

                  But, I gotta say, a major step up from Sabietella's ... where the owner used to stand on the sidewalk soliciting business.

                  It was good to see the place filled with happy diners (lotsa smiles). It had a nice vibrant vibe. I guess QP seems to hit just the right price point and portion size in a recovering economy. And I give it a much much higher rating than Elisse or Madonia in Stamford, which also offer Italian at similar prices and portions.

                  I may return, it's convenient after a movie across the street, but certainly not expecting Columbus Park or even Aria..

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