Stamford, Ct- Solo Midweek Dining
I will be staying at the Hilton in Stamford, Ct and would appreciate a rec for solo dining, on the casual side, close to the Hilton around 8:00 pm. Many thanks.
How casual is casual? Layla's Falafel is a good option downtown, but nothing fancy. Parking would be in the Bell Street garage (or on-street parking if you get lucky).
On Bedford Street is Cappricio's, a casual, european-ish cafe. Panini's, pastas, and pizzas. Usually packed on the weekends, but easier to get a table mid-week. Most of their seating is outdoors, providing some good people watching/distractions while you're dining.
If you don't mind eating in a bar, Bradford's Grill & Tavern (couple doors down from Capriccio's) has surprisingly good food. Definitely casual, but a solid option. Parking for restaurants on Bedford Street is in a large lot behind the main strip.
Bradford's Grill & Tavern
83 Bedford St, Stamford, CT 06901
Aria, a downtown Italian restaurant with excellent food (esp. their pastas,l burrata and the best vitello tonnata in Stamford), great Italian "country side" space, has own free, private parking lot for customers.
The entrance to this lot, is on Washington right past the dirveway to the Summer St. Parking Garage. (the driveway between Aria and the SSPG exit lane. ) You'll be steps away from the front door. And you can eat at the beautiful bar and a good by the glass list. The too personal service and ego of the owner have come under attack, but the last time we were there it was a very pleasant and relaxed experience, no egos.
Call ahead, ask for Stephano, and tell him you want him to save a parking space for you since you're flying solo.
Definitely Barcelona. Great food and wine, terrific service and ambience. Best value in the area. We always park in the lot by the theatre.