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Jun 9, 2010 12:39 PM

Stamford-- dinner rec's for special occasion?

Looking for any suggestions for a celebratory dinner -- money is no object for this one!
Where would you dine if you were going big??

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  1. Does it have to be in Stamford proper? How about Thomas Henklemann in Greenwich?...

        1. re: gillyweed

          My wife and I had dinner at Napa last night. It was their celebration of pig and rose' wines. The food was very good, wines were ok and service commendable. The price of this four-course food and wine pairing was $55/pp.

          Keep in mind that this is a popular place attached to a hotel: the bar can be jammed and the restaurant crowded. The room is handsome in a modern California kind of way but it can be quite noisy. If you go, you might want to reserve a table near a window.

          1. re: steve h.

            Celebration of pig? And rose' wine? That is awesome.
            How did you hear of it? Newspaper? Do they have an event mailing list?

            1. re: foleyd7

              I'm on their e-mail list. Mary sends out updates at least once a week, or so it seems. Her "specials" are very reasonable. I'm not sure how I got on the mailing list, maybe I filled out a review card when they just opened. I'm guessing you can just go to the website and sign up but I don't know that for a fact.

              1. re: foleyd7

                A little more info:

                I met Deb at the restaurant a little after 6:30 p.m.. She walked over from the train station and got soaked in the process, I drove down and had to park a few blocks away near Curley's Diner. It was a cold, wet, crummy day.

                Deb was standing near the bar area when I arrived. The place was packed. She had a prosecco in her hand and I was going to order the same when I was told our table was ready (20-30 minutes early) so we sat. I ordered a vodka gimlet to decompress. It was a good drink, well made.

                First course was the house-made porchetta. The meat was moist and well seasoned, the outer crust was crunchy. This was a fine way to start off a meal. The wine, a Hecht & Bannier rose' (Syrah-Chinsault, Languedoc, France, 2009) was overly sweet. While the pairing didn't really work for me, I have to confess that the weather outside conspired to crush this offering. Hazy, hot and humid would have been more appropriate.

                Second course was a slow-cooked pork belly. Nice. Correct size (two-inch square?) and amply supported by peas, pearl onions and cherry wood smoked bacon. Wine was a 2009 Pinot Noir Rose' from Oregon (Ponzi). This food/wine pairing was a home run.

                Third course was bucatini in a pork shoulder ragout. Pasta was cooked properly and the ragout with a ricotta salata was quite flavorful. My only complaint was that the portion was too generous. The wine, a Sangiovese rose' (Saladini Pilastri), worked well with the dish.

                Final course was a layered sponge cake. The crib sheet said the cake was graced with a white chocolate bacon mousse and a caramel crumble. Wine was a Syrah rose' (Vidal Fleury). Wine was good, the cake was dry and didn't work for me. I left most of it and nursed an espresso (extra cost) while Deb polished off most of her cake. We were both full by now.

                At the end of the day, this was a fine meal with decent wines. Service was very good. At $55/pp, this four-course food and wine pairing, before tax/tip/espresso, was quite a bargain. We'll be back.

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          1. Capital Grille is very good (much better then Morton's in one man's opinion)

            Capital Grille
            230 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901