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Pasta Fair/John's Best (Norwalk CT)...meh?

lovesublime Jul 14, 2011 07:40 AM

Ok..so..Ill admit Pasta Fair was my guilty pleasure Italian restaurant for years. Now its sort of Pasta Fair..sort of Johns Best...now theres a sign boasting same owners, new name..Im confused. Whats going on? Ive been there a few times throughout their identity crisis and the only things that have changed are the house dressing (not as good as it was), some of the servers, and the prices have increased to the point that I think aloud "really? but this is Pasta fair..." I mean its still good no-frills Italian food but Im open to other suggestions. Please dont suggest Pasta Nostra or other fancy establishments, I want a place I can go when Im exhausted and dont care how I look. :) Thanks

Pasta Fair
690 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854

Pasta Nostra
116 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854

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    SteveSCT Jul 14, 2011 08:01 AM

    Our "go-to" pasta place is Italia on Main Ave. in Norwalk. It's not fancy, but they care. The prices are reasonable, and the portions are big. Yes, there are better Italian restaurants in the area. But when we want old school red sauce & garlic at reasonable prices, this is where we go.

    (btw lovesublime, I saw in the Kouzina post that you miss Ambrosia. I do too. This is a similar sort of place)

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    1. re: SteveSCT
      lovesublime Jul 14, 2011 08:12 AM

      Oh good call!! Why do I always forget about Italia?? Yes, that is exactly what Im looking for. And now I saw theres yet ANOTHER Johns Best (really, best?) down the road at what was formerly Francescos.

      Ill give Kouzina a shot sometime. This area is seriously lacking in Greek/Mediterranean food. I dont want gyros. I want grilled whole fish! and lamb klefitko! and shrimp with tomatoes and feta! I want I want I want!

      1. re: lovesublime
        temilove Jul 15, 2011 06:30 AM

        Is Stamford, or Fairfield to far for you? if not, I have a few inexpensive, large portions, great food Italian places ( casual ) for you!! Let me know.

        1. re: temilove
          SteveSCT Jul 15, 2011 07:25 AM

          I can't speak for the original poster, but I'd like to hear about them.

          1. re: SteveSCT
            lovesublime Aug 9, 2011 11:04 AM

            Both are near me...Im afraid Ive dropped this thread but would love any suggestions you have!

            1. re: lovesublime
              CohibaDave Aug 9, 2011 12:02 PM

              I think the pizza in the new joint is pretty tasty, and I've had a decent bowl of pasta e fagioli, but this is strictly a drop in quick kind of place for a simple bite to eat. No bells, no whistles (and for that matter, the place could be better kept--not sure why dirty dishes need to sit out in the open for so long). If I go again it will likely be as a takeout option.

              1. re: CohibaDave
                lovesublime Aug 9, 2011 01:58 PM

                Thats exactly why I like it...no bells or whistles. Ive never seen old food plates sit around they are usually taken away before we even get the check. Mmmmmmm Pizza.

                1. re: lovesublime
                  CohibaDave Aug 10, 2011 08:07 AM

                  Their pizza is pretty darn good....

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