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Basso Bistro Cafe - Norwalk CT

cheereeo May 7, 2010 06:45 AM

I have been wanting to try this place. Anyone been. Last time I was going to go (ages ago now), it looked kind of empty during the midweek evening we were out, so we ended up at Pasquale's Osteria which was really good by the way. I didn't find any recent reviews on here for Basso. Website looks great. Do tell.
http://www.bassobistrocafe.com/

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Basso Cafe
124 New Canaan Ave. (Bartlett ave.), Norwalk, CT 06850

  1. jfood May 7, 2010 10:27 AM

    Here is jfood's review from 6 months ago, not recent but given his conclusion, he has not been back

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/667609?tag=search_results;results_list

    www.ctbites.com

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    1. re: jfood
      cheereeo May 10, 2010 07:26 AM

      Thanks for the link. I searched the SCT and archived site; this must have been in Tristate; I forgot to check there. Thanks and sorry I missed it the first time around.

    2. c
      chatNchow Jul 2, 2010 09:22 AM

      I've been a few times and every time I've had a great casual meal. One of the few BYO places around (double check to make sure it still is), it's a nice break from all the other places around Norwalk / New Canaan. Though I will mention just because it is BYO does not mean it's cheap.

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      Basso Cafe
      124 New Canaan Ave. (Bartlett ave.), Norwalk, CT 06850

      1. m
        mcamus Jul 6, 2010 07:59 AM

        My husband and I go there all the time for a casual yet nice dinner -- personally we like the gnocchi, chicken under a brick, tres leches cake, etc.

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          connbates Apr 4, 2011 09:50 AM

          My husband and I went to dinner at Basso Cafe Saturday night and three times - three times I tell you! - I paused and said "This is the best thing I have ever tasted." That does not happen often so I wanted to spread the word. The first item was the mozzarella and bacon appetizer with apricot mustard vinaigrette. I know it doesn't sound like it, but it tasted light and crispy with mucho contrasting flavors.

          Second was the arepa with chicken, avocado and lemon juice. This was not your typical large doughy arepa. This was light and crispy and stuffed with the most delicate concoction of chicken and avocado. Third was the scallops on polenta with pancetta. I thought this sounded good but not spectacular. My husband got it and I was amazed - just the way they put the ingredients together. Not in an expected way. Things were mixed together so you had a lot of different flavors in one bite. My lobster salad was also delicious but once in a while you taste something that really exceeds your expectations.

          When we first arrived at 7, there were a few full tables. By the time we left, 8:30 ish, the restaurant was packed and the atmosphere was loud and happy. The BYOB part brings down the bill and adds to the fun. Highly recommend!

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          Basso Cafe
          124 New Canaan Ave. (Bartlett ave.), Norwalk, CT 06850

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          1. re: connbates
            c
            CTeater Apr 6, 2011 04:49 PM

            I can confirm the above. I drove past it several times last year, stopped in one afternoon to take a look. Very attractive, and spotless. Made reservations for that weekend. Have been back every couple of weeks since. Everything we've tried has been very well prepared. Chicken under a brick is excellent. Fresh anchovy appetizer highly recommended. Have also enjoyed the gnocchi. Braised pear is my wife's favorite desert. Service has always been delightful; prices are reasonable for a BYOB place; and, food is worthy of a very good wine (making the meal a bargain, all in). +1 (for "highly recommend")

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