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Apr 9, 2010 06:40 AM

Are there any real Italian restaurants in Fairfield county?

Trying not to hijack the other thread on Italian in Fairfield...

Can anyone recommend a non-generic and non-overpriced Italian restaurant? (like via emilia, babbo, cace y vino, etc, in NYC). So far I've been to Via Sforza and Pasta Nostra. YAWN! Totally unimpressed with both. Completely generic Italian cooking and way overpriced. I can make pasta with shrimp and tomato cream sauce or spaghetti alla norma in my own kitchen, and better than at these places. $24 for pasta all norma at Paci? I can get authentic lasagna bolognese at via emilia in NYC for $16, or Beef Cheek Ravioli with Crushed Squab Liver and Black Truffles at Babbo for $23. Please, rescue me from the wasteland of Fairfield County Italian cousine!!!!!!

Pasta Nostra
116 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854

Paci Restaurant
96 Station St, Southport, CT 06890

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  1. Not exactly sure what you mean by "real" Italian, since the food of Venice, Siena, Rome, and Palermo are all "real", and all quite different, as mario B will tell you.

    Bearing in mind that this is coming s an Italian (American)who cooks at home much more often than he dines out, and who rarely goes out for Italian, I have not eaten at, but have heard good things about 2 restaurants in the lower FF county area.

    For more typically southern Italian (but definately NOT red checked tablecloth/red sauce/candles in fiasco faux-Southern-Italian American style), I've heard good things about Emme of Capri in Stamford:

    Also, jfood, a widely read and respected area hound speaks very highly of Aloi in New Canaan, which features Italian more in the Tuscan and Piedmontese style. And he raves about their Bolognese:

    I can't personally vouch for either, though.

    Good luck

    Emme of Capri
    227 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06901

    62 Main St Ste 4, New Canaan, CT 06840

    1. I've always liked Robertos in Monroe, tho haven't been in a while

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      1. re: BiscuitBoy

        Based on Tubulus' reference to Beef Cheek and Squab Liver I don't think Roberto's is for him.
        I haven't been to Robertos, but my understanding is that it falls under the "large portion, red sauce" Italian type of food.
        There are so many definitions of what people consider "real" or "authentic" Italian because Italy is so big and has so many variations of what is considered normal.

        1. re: foleyd7

          beef cheek, squab liver...fru-fru, trendy fusion stuff. You're right, foley! I was thinking more of a moderately priced kind of place. As an Italian American I guess I have my own definition of authentic.

          1. re: foleyd7

            I've been to Robertos several times (not by choice ) - definitely will not fit the bill for what the OP is looking for

        2. Biagio's Osteria in Stratford doesn't do crushed squab liver, but he makes very good, fresh food.

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

            1. La Zingara in Bethel.

              La Zingara
              8 P T Barnum Sq, Bethel, CT 06801

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              1. re: DMW

                I second La Zingara. It's now my go-to special occasion Italian place. Especially in the warmer months when you can sit outside on their back patio. They also have a farm in Dutchess Cty where they grow their own vegetables for their salads and sides - very nice, very fresh).

                La Zingara
                8 P T Barnum Sq, Bethel, CT 06801

                1. re: scapegrace

                  As a follow-up to the outdoor patio... they have a great sunday brunch. $25 for three courses (starter, main, desert) and all you can drink bellinis or bloody mary's, plus live music. It's great any time of year, made even better by sitting on the patio during lovely weather :-)