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Need a Middletown, CT restaurant suggestion (I have criteria!)

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Five old friends have decided to meet up for dinner and drinks on a Saturday night and Middletown is a central location. We are all women ranging from 30-35 and one is a vegetarian. Most are adventurous eaters except for one whose only food hatred revolves around sushi. Looking for a place with ambiance where we can have some drinks and food and not be too rushed. I would say moderate price is key since we run the financial gamut in this crowd (maybe less than $20/entree?).
The only Middletown place I am familiar with these days is Eli Cannons and while I love the beer selection, that's not what I am aiming for. Any thoughts?

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Eli Cannon's
695 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

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  1. A good option might be Tuscany Grill on College Street just off of Main.
    www.tuscany-grill.com
    They accept reservations, are moderately priced, and have ambiance (at least I think so). They also have low-key (won't interfere too much with talking) live music most weekend nights.

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    Tuscany Grill
    600 Plaza Middlesex, Middletown, CT 06457

    1. Tuscany Grill is also a good call (tho' I haven't been for dinner in a LONG time). My tried and true fave that fits your criteria is Fiore II on Main St.

      http://www.fioremiddletown.com/menus....

      We went for a nice leisurely lunch recently and it's as great as I ever remember it.

      Forbidden City (across the street from Fiore) is another option in the same price range (give or take a few pricier outliers). Gorgeous spot, very good service, very good food (their lamb was especially tasty and I love their hot and sour soup and spring rolls). I've been for lunch recently a couple of times and have been for dinner a while back.

      With either or these two options--or Tuscany--you'll get what you're after for sure. Have a great night and let us know where you end up!

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      Forbidden City
      335 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457

      Tuscany Grill
      600 Plaza Middlesex, Middletown, CT 06457

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      1. re: kattyeyes

        Fiore was my first thought also. Great food, great value. It's our "go to" place in Middletown. The only problem is that you may wait a while for a table on a Saturday night because they only accept reservations for parties of six or more ( I guess you could invent one "no-show"... I wouldn't tell).

        1. re: jkuhlen

          Oh, HA HA, I didn't know that. Well, I wouldn't tell, either! These things happen. Just say your friend kattyeyes canceled at the last minute... ;)

      2. Mezzo Grille on court st is a nice place for a cocktail or 2, as is Luce on main st

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        1. re: BiscuitBoy

          Yes re cocktails. Luce should be on the list for dinner, too, even if some of the entrees are above the OP's range. Plenty of options at or below $20. Luce is definitely my favorite spot in town.
          http://www.lucect.com/menu.html

        2. Three good places are:
          Luce
          Tuscany Grille
          First and Last Tavern

          All easy to get to off of Rte 9. All on or near Main Street. All are Italian restaurants.

          1. Thanks for the suggestions. I will present all options to the group and let you know where we end up!