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Visiting Stamford for a week — where to go?

Hey everyone,

I have the pleasure of spending a week in Stamford, CT. Is there anywhere I should go to eat? I don't mind traveling to Greenwich or Darien if there's somewhere really special.

I'd love to find good Italian food or anything ethnic. I've heard there are good Peruvian places, too?

Thanks!

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  1. Lots of good Italian and ethnic right in Stamford. Just some off the top of my head I can recommend:

    For Italian:
    Tappo
    Columbus Park Trattoria
    Quattro Pazzi
    Zaza

    For ethnic (incl. Peruvian):
    Tawa
    Chinese Mirch (Fusion Chinese and Indian)
    The standard bearer for Peruvian is Fiesta, and there are two branches: Fiesta Atlantic is downtown on Atlantic St, Fiesta Cove is in the Cove section south of I-95 on Shippan Ave.
    EOS (Greek)
    Kotobuki (old school sushi joint)

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    Quattro Pazzi Restaurant
    165 Fillow St, Norwalk, CT 06850

    Zaza Restaurant
    114 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906

    Fiesta Cove Restaurant
    323 Shippan Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

    Columbus Park Trattoria
    205 Main St, Stamford, CT 06901

    Tawa
    211 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06901

    1. For Stamford restaurants, you should try:
      Napa & Co
      Columbus Park
      Market
      Greenwich Restaurants -
      Polpo
      Morrello Bistro
      Gabriel's - (Italian Steakhouse)
      If you want really good Italian, go to Da Pietro's in Westport right off exit 17
      Tengda in Greenwich is great Sushi

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      Polpo
      554 Old Post Rd, Greenwich, CT 06830

      Da Pietro's
      36 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880

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      1. re: taboo

        Market has been closed for a while now. Walked by yesterday and a sign was up saying Patrizia's?

        http://patriziasitaly.com/

        ?

      2. for italian, you can't miss Pasta Nostra. The baked clams are great, as are the homemade pastas. if they are in season, the nantucket bay scallop appetizer is fantastic. don't miss it.

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        Pasta Nostra
        116 Washington St, Norwalk, CT 06854

        1. I have no qualms with the previous responses, though I prefer Chavin over Fiesta for Peruvian and Chili Chicken over Chinese Mirch for Indian/Chinese (according to Indian friends, it is a very authentic rendition of the Chinese food served in India).

          I would also add Brasitas, a pan-Latino to the mix.

          I've always been a fan of the pizza at Colony Grill, though I also understand the downsides (no food besides pizza, potentially long waits).

          In Greenwich, I second the Gabriele's rec, but realize that it is pricy. Douro is an overlooked Portuguese place.

          If you are sincerely interested in Peruvian and other Latin American food, I would suggest a trip to Port Chester, NY. It's the town just past Greenwich. There are several good ethnic restaurants, including Chavin and Acquario (both Peruvian). Patrias was excellent, but they may have closed.

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          Colony Grill
          172 Myrtle Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

          Brasitas
          954 E Main St, Stamford, CT 06902

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          1. re: SteveSCT

            If you do decide to go to Port Chester, go to Tarry Lodge... SO good!

          2. Hey everyone,

            Thanks so much for the great responses. So, it looks like I'm only going to have the opportunity to eat out for Friday and Saturday lunch. If you had to pick any of the places you suggested for these meals, any particular standouts?

            Thanks!

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            1. re: SouthToTheLeft

              Tough for me, because I never get out for weekday lunch, and rarely do sit-down lunches on weekends. When I do, I often find myself at Chavin, Chili Chicken, Colony, or in Port Chester. The others may be more helpful in this regard.

              1. re: SouthToTheLeft

                Napa and Company is the best restaurant in Stamford, if not lower FFC. I'd go there for Friday lunch., since they don't serve lunch Saturday. Neither does Columbus Parkm which would have been my second nomination . Brasitas is open Sat afternoon, and it is sensational. Stamford is great for ethic -- Indian especially, Coromandel, Tawa. Another possibility for Saturday is Rowayton Seafood in Rowayton, about 15 minutes away. On the shore in December!!! Or down 95 to Exit 3 in Greenwich and the highly underated L'escale restaurant... they do a french version of fish and chips which is ethereal.

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                Rowayton Seafood
                87 Rowayton Ave, Rowayton, CT 06853

                Brasitas
                954 E Main St, Stamford, CT 06902

                Tawa
                211 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06901

                1. re: SouthToTheLeft

                  I second brasitas and zaza, both are consistently good and excellent of service. Fiesta is a great bargain (a half chicken with trimmings for $9!) but not a fabulous venue, more a nice neighborhood joint. And I'd avoid Colony, though many swear by it, I don't, and a friend who worked there confirmed my misgivings in spades.