by Valerie Schroth
Dec 21, 2012
12:59 PM
Table Hopping

A Home Run for Quattro Pazzi


I had a great dinner at Quattro Pazzi the other night. This sparkling little neighborhood place has been open since 1997, and has been such  a success for chef/owner Biagio “Gino” Riccio, that he’s since opened one in Stamford, and will be debuting Boca, a Mediterranean tapas bar next door, in February.

But I digress. Quattro Pazzi has a bright, exciting vibe. The night we went the restaurant was jamming (on a Wednesday night), service was efficient and friendly, and we were more than happy with our food. We enjoyed an excellent bruschetta, Red Beet with Goat Cheese Salad, and three tasty entrées, Veal Milanese, Angus Filet Mignon with Gnocchi, and Cavatelli Toscana (with sweet sausage, beans, tomato, arugula, garlic). Portions were ample (I couldn’t eat more than half of my cavatelli), the bread superb—and the Gingertinis were just what he doctor ordered.

Other reasons to go are the pasta e fagioli soup (which a Sicilian friend calls the best around), the grilled lemon shrimp, and the gluten-free pastas. And speaking of pasta, I have never had such wonderfully chewy al dente noodles—delicious!

One caveat: This is not a place to whisper sweet nothings—they will not be heard. Quattro Pazzi is loud. But it’s loud with people being well-ffed and having a great time. Try eating at the bar for a little less din.

1599 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203/259-7417,

A Home Run for Quattro Pazzi

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