Franklin Ave Hartford - still best city stretch for Italian?
Carbone's for dinner. Period.
Mozzicato cafe for after-dinner drinks, pastries and coffee.
I would steer clear of Francesco's and Ficaras.
If you're there before 4:00, di Bacco's is the nicest little family-style Italian deli. There meats and cheeses are very good and aren't priced outrageously.
Piccolo Arancio in F'mington is still a very good place. Pagliacci's in Plainville is always packed, but I would recommend their pasta dishes...pizza is bland and tasteless. One dish I get alot there is a custom calzone...mozz, ricotta, provolone, ham, genoa salami, and broccoli di rape.