Something about a steaming dish of Italian food makes you want to hug your mama and loosen your belt. Stamford has more than its fair share of trattorias, bistros, gelaterias and ristorantes serving up heaping plates of hand-cut pastas, rich Bolognese and pesto sauces, pecorino cheeses, mozzarella di bufala, fresh ciabatta loaves and Sicilian olive oils. Here’s a look at where to mangia! mangia! in Stamford.
Named for the Italian mountain range, Madonia is steeped in Mediterranean and Calabrian influences. From a cozy fireplace to glassed wine room and edible treasures piled on your plate, you’ll know you’re spending an evening in the Old World. A commitment to fresh seasonal ingredients means that Chef Enzo Bruno creates his menus from an instinctive rendezvous with nature. A tasting menu features evolving concoctions, or you can go tried-and-true with the renowned chicken Milanese accompanied by warm burrata and Sicilian eggplant. Snag a table on Sundays for a snazzy jazzy brunch with live music.
Pelliccci’s has been around for more than 70 years, and for good reason. This family-owned ristorante on the Italian West Side of Stamford captures the soul of vintage Roma with red-checkered tablecloths, rich mahogany furnishings, and an intricately designed stained-glass ceiling. Take a sharing friend and order Anthony’s Seafood Delight, a riotous mix of calamari, clams, shrimp, scallops, scungilli and an entire lobster – with piles of pasta, of course.
Famously secret tip: try the chef’s signature Italian baked chicken and potatoes.
Bar Rosso on Spring Street is the stylish place to go for Italian tapas, known in the Mother Country as Cicchetti. The concept of small plates seems a contradiction to Italian-style eating, but Bar Rosso is on to something: you get to try lots of their delizioso dishes in one sitting. Make sure to order the veal meatballs and fried baby mozzarella, along with truffle fries and crispy brussels sprouts. Go early for happy hour plates from 4 to 7pm, or stop in late on Thursdays for “reverse” happy hour from 11pm to 1am.
For a culinary tour of Italy’s distinct regions, dine with Florence-schooled chef Stefano Staiano at Aria, named for the famous Italian opera music. White linens, crystal, chandeliers and low lights highlight the upscale yet earthy cuisine, including dishes such as homemade tagliolini pomodoro, grilled branzino and halibut citroso. Aria’s wine collection cradles more than 350 bottles, many from small vineyards, while Italian beers are brewed with Sardinian grapes and chestnuts.
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