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Apr 8, 2010 05:45 PM

My Fairfield County Italian Restaurant List - - - What's Next???

This post has been a long time in the works. I wanted to ask everyone what Italian restaurants I should try next in Fairfield County. But I didn’t want everyone to recommend places I already visited. At the same time, I wanted you to know of the places I visited - - and how I liked them - - so you could appropriately gauge your recommendations for me.
Here is a list of al the Italian places in (or super close) to Fairfield County that I’ve visited over the last 5+ years categorized by how I like them.
I also have listed restaurants I intend to visit.
Here is what I’m looking for from you: Of my “intend to visit list”, what should I make a priority to attend, what should I skip, and what great places an I missing altogether?

Our Favorites
Pasta Nostra - Norwalk
Lianna's - Fairfield
Paci - Southport
Columbus Park Trattoria - Stamford
Mona Lisa (closed now, but was a Favorite)

Multiple Visits, Still Enjoy
Copia - Fairfield
Quatro Pazzi - Fairfield
LaZingara - Bethel
Tarantino's - Westport
Il Falco - Stamford (closed now)
Pasta Vera - Greenwhich
Spasi - Danbury
55 degrees - Fairfield
Aqua - Westport
Pane Vino - Westport (closed now)

Enjoy with kids
Centro - Fairfield (for dinner with kids, not adults only)
Avellino's - Fairfield (for dinner with kids, not adults only)

One Visit, Enjoyed enough to return
Café Roma - Bridgeport
Finalmente - Westport
Luca - Wilton
Tre Scalini - New Haven
Il Palio - Shelton
Strada 18 - Norwalk
Pizzeria Molto - Fairfield
Scoozzi - New Haven
Terra Ristorante - Greenwich
Café' on the Green - Danbury

One Visit, could go either way
Cava - New Canaan
Tuscan Oven - Norwalk
DaPietro's - Westport
Positano's - Westport
Zest Café - Westport (now closed)

Multiple Visits, but probably no more
Tuscany - Bridgeport
Via Sforza - Westport
Bella Sera - Fairfield
Cinzano's - Fairfield
V Restaurant & Wine Bar - Westport

One Visit, Will Not Return
Café Tavolini - Bridgeport

Intend to Visit Next:
Ralph 'n Riches - Bridgeport
Siena - Stamford
Cucina Modo Mio - Westport
Ferrante - Stamford
Aloi - New Canaan
Assagio - Stratford
Roberto's - Monroe
Mike's Ristorante - Norwalk
Biagio's Osteria - Stratford

Strada 18
122 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854

Café Tavolini
3074 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06605

Biagio's Osteria
88 Ryder's Landing, Stratford, CT 06614

191 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06901

62 Main St Ste 4, New Canaan, CT 06840

Pasta Vera
48 Greenwich Ave Ste 1, Greenwich, CT 06830

New Haven, CT, New Haven, CT

233 Hillspoint Rd, Westport, CT 06880

Mike's Ristorante
50 Main St, Norwalk, CT 06851

Spasi Restaurant
39 Mill Plain Rd, Danbury, CT 06811

Mona Lisa Restaurant
160 S Main St, Newtown, CT 06470

Pane Vino Restaurant
1431 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 06880

V Restaurant & Wine Bar
1460 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 06880

Tarantino Restaurant & Bar
32 Railroad Pl, Westport, CT 06880

319 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820

1920 Black Rock Tpke, Fairfield, CT 06825

Tre Scalini Restaurant
100 Wooster St, New Haven, CT 06511

Pasta Nostra
116 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854

Il Falco
59 Broad St Ste 1, Stamford, CT 06901

Cava Restaurant
1615 West St, Southington, CT 06489

Paci Restaurant
96 Station St, Southport, CT 06890

Columbus Park Trattoria
205 Main St, Stamford, CT 06901

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  1. La Villa in Westport
    Plus they have a killer Italian wine list that is priced to drink well!!

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    1. re: wineconsul

      i just checked out their website and this is definitely going on my "to visit" list. The wine focus (Italian) and prices alone are worth a visit. Viette Tre Vigne Barbera d'Alba for only $30? That's a steal that is begging to be tasted!

    2. jfood bows to you and your list.

      Two are missing in Norwalk:
      - Marina d'Amalfi - Next to Valencia - not a keeper
      - Pasquale Osteria - up the street next to Bull's Head Market. Jfood has not been but hears good things

      On the to try list Aloi (the pastas) are a big winner and jfood likes Mike's

      62 Main St Ste 4, New Canaan, CT 06840

      Bull's Head Market
      467 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850

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      1. re: jfood

        How would you describe Mike's? Is it red sauce heavy / American Italian?
        What is good there?
        Of my "to try" list, Aloi might be first "on deck".

        62 Main St Ste 4, New Canaan, CT 06840

        1. re: foleyd7

          mikes - red sauce
          Aloi just started her spring menu 10 days ago. if you like bolognese, could be the best and if she is making the osso bucco, probably not in the spring, it is beyond great.

          62 Main St Ste 4, New Canaan, CT 06840

          1. re: jfood

            I just looked at Aloi's menu online and it says Spring 2008.. can you tell me if the current menu is the same or similar?

            62 Main St Ste 4, New Canaan, CT 06840

      2. I wouldn't bother with Cucina Modo Mio...very tight uncomfortable space, mediocre food. I think I posted more in depth about it somewhere on the old board awhile back.

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        1. re: sibeats

          We actually hit Modo Mio the other day for breakfast with the kids. My wife read that it started as a breakfast place before expanding to full out dinner, so we gave it a shot. It was actually a pleasant surprise (upgrade from all the diners that flood Fairfield) that made us hopeful for a dinner date. I'll have to search this board for (and the old TriState board) for some more info on this. I believe the NYT gave them a decent write up fairly recently.

          As for the space, it was very small but I don't have issue with that. We had a good table for 4 right under the large windows overlooking the river. The kids enjoyed the food as well as watching all the crew rowers flying by ever few minutes. I actually like those seating arrangements better than some places that are wide open spaces with tables and chairs simply lined up.

          1. re: foleyd7

            I'm pretty sure they started as a dinner place...but I could be wrong. Here is the old thread...others definitely enjoyed it, didn't do it for us.


        2. Salute! You've covered a lot ground in just 5 years! Solid, comprehensive list .

          If you and kids liked Centro in Fairfield, you might want to try their outpost in Greenwich near Rebecca's on Pemberbrook. Reason: the outdoor patio overlooking the waterfall makes wonderful al fresco dining in the spring, summer and fall. Ok, food isn't spills and thrills, yet very decent, esp. pastas. But the setting and splashing sounds are magic on a midsummers night, and the falling water also muffles adjoining table talk. Plenty of parking and easy access from the Merritt.

          Despite its nice space, I found Ferrante's dissappointing. Sure doesn't belong in the same breath with Columbus Park. I'm glad you listed the late Il Falco. Tho it had seen its best days, I miss it as an option, Italian or otherwise.

          191 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06901

          Il Falco
          59 Broad St Ste 1, Stamford, CT 06901

          1. Would also add Cafe Silvium ( and Emme of Capri ( to your list - both located in Stamford.

            Emme of Capri
            227 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06901

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            1. re: amanda3571

              Would also add Tarry Lodge in port chester (obviously not ffd but very close in the spirit of the old tristate board RIP...and besides you have new haven etc on your list too). Great pizzas and decent pastas and a good wine list reasonably priced.

              1. re: Scotty100

                We have done Tarry Lodge within the last few months. I didn't list it here for fear that my thread would be moved out of CT!! :)
                I did do a formal review of them on the NY board:

                1. re: Scotty100

                  jfood types this with extreme trepidation, but the sous chef from TL has just moved to Rocco's in NC. May do a take out pasta tonight on the way home from the airport. Hopeful? sorta.

                2. re: amanda3571

                  I would second Cafe Silvium and Emme of Capri (my personal favorite Stamford Italian) and also add Aria in Stamford to your "intend to visit" list. I've had a mixed experience, but based on others comments on this board I think it merits a visit.