When designing Toscana Greenwich, owner Paul W. Ardaji was meticulous in recreating the spirit of renaissance Florence. The walls are decked with vibrant paintings depicting the landmark era’s culture, and food is cooked in a wood-burning oven. Voted the Best Italian Restaurant of Greenwich 2012 by The Best of Fairfield County Living, the menu brims with Tuscan specialties and house originals alike, such as the house pizza topped with crème fraîche, smoked salmon, Italian caviar, and jalapeño. High-backed booths or elegantly appointed tables set the stage for dining on these delectables, and a vibrant ring of glowing red wine bottles-turned-light fixtures hang above the front of the restaurant to contrast the classic yellow light emanating from the dining area’s sconces and rustic saucer-like fixtures.
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Baby lobster tails, calamari, mussels, and clams bask in the light marinara sauce of Pasquale Ristorante’s seafood soup. The menu’s gourmet proteins don’t all originate in the ocean, though: plates also come adorned with custom-grilled steaks, breaded veal cutlets, and chicken sautéed in a delicate lemon white-wine sauce. Pasta dishes include housemade gnocchi and lasagna, both ensconced in hearty meat sauces. Alternatively, diners can opt for pizzas with toppings such as chopped clams, ricotta, and arugula arranged over ultra-thin crusts.
The big draw at JT Straw’s Bar & Grill is the wood-fired brick oven, which crisps the edges of pizzas day and night. Housemade meatballs, smoked mozzarella, and sliced rib eye steak all sink into sauce before pies emerge from the oven ready to be gobbled down or used as a bargaining tool in divorce court. Aside from the pizza, JT Straw's also doles out draft brews, burgers, salads, and wings doused in more than 60 sauces, including spicy mexican, mango chipotle barbecue, and garlic sesame.
Ferraro’s multifaceted menu meanders from classic pizza offerings to traditional pasta dishes and ends face down in a fully loaded line-up of italian heroes. Gnocchi bolognese ($9.50 small, $12.50 large) tempts diners with handmade memory foam pillows of potato pasta, while the chicken scarpara showcases a saucy soirée of chicken, sausage, and hot cherry peppers ($14.50). A side of pasta, a small salad, and a stern home economics teacher chaperone each entree. Lunchers can commandeer pizza by the slice ($2.35–$3.25), such at the Grandma Pizza, a thin and crispy Sicilian-style square crust loaded with plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and a sprinkling of garlic ($3.25 per slice or $16.99 for a pie). Chivalrously delicious heroes include the Ferraro Special, a vodka-sauce-drizzled, golden-haloed chicken cutlet bedecked in melted mozzarella and prosciutto ($8.99).
The culinary team at Trattoria 632 whips up Italian dishes ranging from seasonal homemade ravioli and gluten-free fettuccini to veal parmesan with homemade tomato sauce. Meanwhile, pizzas topped with ingredients such as imported fontina and homemade sausage emerge from the pizzeria-style brick oven. The dark wood decor lends a cozy ambiance to the main dining room, and the private dining room’s flat-screen televisions broadcast presentations for companies and large groups. The restaurant also hosts free WiFi, enabling guests to stay on top of emails and to find out what brand of boot Italy is shaped like.
For more than 50 years, Atlantic Pizza’s chefs have painted pastas and pie crusts red with rich marinara and meat sauce. Pizzas can be made atop classic or whole-wheat dough and then further customized with selections from more than 30 toppings. Nineteen specialty pies relieve tough decision making, combining ingredients such as baby clams, garlic, bacon, and peppers (the Clams Casino). The chefs also put special spins on more than 50 sandwiches. They prepare paninis for the grill by layering on grilled chicken, baby spinach, tomato, and feta—a combo that represents the eatery’s Greek ties—and they ready cheeseburgers for encounters with white carpeting by ladling on chili.