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Aria Restaurant - Stamford, CT

Aria Restaurant - Stamford, CT Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ariacuisine.com/
  • Phone: (203) 324-2742
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Stefano Staiano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Private Party Facilities: From making formal business proposals to making toasts with a gathering of friends, we can help you flawlessly pull of any private dining event.
  • Private Party Contact: Stefano (203) 324-2742

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  • Parking: No
A word from Aria Restaurant - Stamford, CT
Aria is a very versatile Italian restaurant that can accommodate virtually any sort of dining experience. Aria's menu reflects the cuisine of all of Italy - north to south. Aria's chef/owner Stefano pays homage to dishes familiar in Italy but not acknowledged here such as cous cous, and pastas like farro and fregola (a Sardinian grain).Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The artichokes appetizers were very good. Butternut squash raviolis were a favorite by many. A bit pricey but great food overall. There's parking in the back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had a wonderful night out at Aria. The food was delicious, the place had great ambiance, and the servers were friendly. It was slow, but we weren't in a rush. I'd definitely go back. "
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Awful food, food under cooked, Bar dirinks not what we ordered and service unresponsive"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Our dinner was over powered by a horrible smell-sewer gas or the grease trap. there was no effort made to dissipate the smell, they could have used some citrus or garlic or anything, but it was pervasive throughout the meal and they made no attempt to apologize for it or compensate us for it. If it was not raining we would have walked out and went somewhere else."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We dined at Aria on a Sunday evening. The food was quite good for Stamford, comparable to New York City italian restaurants. It was restaurant week but the selection was quite good. They had a good wine by the glass list. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I made a reservation there for Valentine's Day, and after being seated and waiting 15 minutes, we had to find someone in the wait staff to bring us waters. While such a mistake could be forgiven, incompetent waiting and tremendously slow service mounted to an unpleasant experience. It took a total of an hour and a half from being seated to get our entree's, which was quick considering the folks at the table next to us as been there a half an hour longer and still didn't have their dinner. We got three dishes - the mussels were great, the butternut ravioli were incredible, and the shrimp, walnut, and ink pasta dish was fine, though largely tasteless. All of this was overshadowed by a frustrating experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good food, not too loud so you can hear each other. The salads were very fresh. The fish was delicious. We don't eat meat or shellfish and most of the menu wasn't good for us..."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had heard good things about the restaurant and were looking forward to trying something new. The first thing we noticed when we walked in was that it did not smell clean. The Valentines' day decor was tacky and the ladies serving were dressed terribly. The room was was freezing. My meal was good, but my husband's was not. The overall price was far too much for the quality of the food and the lack of ambiance. Sorry to say that we will not be returning."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's Day and they were obviously not prepared. People were walking out due to the long wait time for food. We had a later reservation, so the wait was not so bad for us, but you can tell that the kitchen had crashed earlier, because the food presentation was pretty bad and there was no real time taken to make the plates look good. I live downtown and this is a local place for me, but I am not sure that I would return based on how this was handled and the mediocrity of the food at such a price point."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were there on Valentine's Day, and it was as if the bar and kitchen didn't have any staff. The servers were very pleasant, but service was very, very slow. It took awhile to get drinks, and we weren't offered even bread for quite awhile (and warm bread would be nice). We weren't in a hurry, so we had time to wait, and the food was good when it came. But I've rarely had such slow service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The place is suited for bigger things. But they have to work at it a lot to get there starting with improving the service and hospitality."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Salad overdressed, fish undercooked, veal cold. Staff unresponsive."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We have dined at Aria 3 times since discovering it a couple of months ago. All 3 times the food has been excellent, well prepared and tasty. It is not usually very busy as it is on 137, a block or 2 away from most other downtown Stamford restaurants, although this past Saturday evening it was busier than we had seen it up to this point. I had the pheasant special this time and it was very good. We have also enjoyed the fish dishes."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Been here a few times and food is always good. No complaints with service either. Small gripe, all the menus had scotch tape on them. Small detail that needs a quick fix."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Food never ceases to please. Owner knows his wine list and pairings best suited with food. If kitchen isn't slammed, easily accommodates requests for variations. One of Stamford's best choices in Italian fare."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Nice Italian restaurant, set apart from other downtown options, with a great variety of menu choices and very attentive staff. There was a large and loud party sitting near us that made it difficult at times to speak to each other but I would blame the guests of the restaurant and not the staff. It is something to keep in mind if you want to have a quiet dinner - this restaurant may not always give you that option."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Thought the food was quite good, creative, and well-presented. Good wine list, and a very nice room. We experienced a few service issues -- my entree did not arrive until ten minutes after my wife's; the waitress seemed confused at times -- however the staff was clearly well-meaning, and the complimentary prosecco didn't hurt. Not "the best" in the area as some claim, but would return and definitely recommend."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Was in town for the weekend and tried Aria for dinner on a Friday evening Food was yummy! I ordered the butternut squash ravioli as squash are in season right now and it was delicious My husband ordered the halibut which was exceptional Service was spot on and everything about the night was perfect Would definitely recommend trying this place"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "My husband and I are vegan and the chef made us a most spectacular pasta dish to meet our dietary needs as well as a vegan layered dessert that was outstanding. Our other guests ordered off the menu and we were met with comments of the delicious and diverse selection of entrees. We enjoyed a spectacular bottle of Italian wine and can hardly wait to go back to have another dining experience."
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "Does not disappoint, tasty food, delicious soup, and a lovely dining experience."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Service was first rate - personable and professional without being either intrusive or brusque. For example, the owner steered us from a bottle of wine to a better one at a slightly lower price. One appetizer (stuffed peppers) was exceptional, whereas the other (ground eggplant with tomatoes and basil) was only so-so. Similarly, the veal chop special was terrific while the lamb chops off the menu were just OK. If they could be consistent, it would be one of the best Italian restaurants in the area. A 3 1/2 star restaurant that could go higher."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "This was my first time at the restaurant and enjoyed it very much. Food was great and service was very good."
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "Have dined in the past food & service were fine. Arrived at 7 place was empty odd - there were three servers all spoke & understand little English. ordered a wine & Voka orange juice watching them scramble around for 20 minutes they brough him what appeared to be a martini he said no and repeated his drink they again were scrambling back and forth from the bar to the back area it was very unsetteling.then someone from the back looked like the chef came and they were all talking in their langugae then the waitress said no organe juice at this point we paid for the wine and left - something very odd and strange was going on We went to another rest on the way back to get our car we passed by & it was empty it was eerie will NEVER GO BACK."
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "Very nice restaurant with great food and ambiance. Knowlegable staff and very attentive."
    Dined on 5/24/2013
  • "Haven't been in a while, but the food is still spectacular. Great meal."
    Dined on 4/8/2013
  • "The maitre'd was exceptional and the food, amazing."
    Dined on 4/19/2013
  • "Service was awful. Only 2 waiters for all tables, one if whom served as busboy as well. Long wait to even be served bread, manager visibly chastising wait staff, and food was generally underwhelming. Will not be dining there again."
    Dined on 4/27/2013
  • "Unfortunately, the server did not speak English well and we had a very hard time understanding her. We were uncomfortable so we thought it was best to leave. We went to one of the places we truly enjoy. We really wanted to give it a shot but we did not want to spoil our night.This rating is not based on the food, service, ambiance, or the noise since we did not eat. We were not allowed to proceed with the review without selecting the other options."
    Dined on 4/20/2013
  • "As always, a pleasure to dine here, especially with friends. The noise level is manageable, unlike most of the new restaurants that have opened in the past 3-4 years. The excellent wine list and the owner's ability to pair wines with the food being ordered is a lovely bonus. Coconut creme brulee was a dessert special and it was brimming with fresh coconut shreds and a well-glazed sugar crust."
    Dined on 3/23/2013
  • "Upon arrival we were greeted by the Hostess and were immediately brought to a table. Service was excellent as well as the food. This was our first time here and we will definately return"
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "Always one of my favs when I am in Stamford on business. They are amazing folks, and they always perform on every dish!"
    Dined on 2/19/2013
  • "The service was good, the appetizers were excellent, but the main course and dessert were marginal at best."
    Dined on 1/31/2013
  • "Service was pleasant, meticulous, subtle, just right. It began when a waiter came outside to tell us not to pay the parking meeting at night. The food was very good; presentation nice but not artsy; no waiting between courses; portions more than ample. My friend and I split a baby arugula salad, then she had the pasta and salmon entree special and I chose the flounder special. The decor is unpretentious, just a room with well-set tables. And very quiet, possibly because the restaurant was almost empty. We were the second table at 6:30 on a Saturday night. When we left close to 8 p.m. perhaps half the tables had guests. A secret find that won't keep."
    Dined on 2/2/2013
  • "The service was disgraceful! The food fair! The owner did not even apologize when I complained about the service. Will never dine there again!"
    Dined on 1/12/2013
  • "It was a special occasion for us and unfortunately we visited when the kitchen was understaffed. Though our family of 4 (our 12 year old and her grandmother as well) arrived on time for an early dinner reservation and were among the first seated, we were served several all courses after tables arriving and seated after us... We were disappointed that more was not done to accommodate as the evening wore on and we continued to question our late arriving food... Though when it arrived the food was good, it was not good enough to make up for the poor service and though the kitchen was clearly at fault, the wait staff could have done more to make up for the long wait, particularly for the entres."
    Dined on 9/3/2012
  • "wonderful calamari, and special bread basket. Cornish hen is well done as is the lasagne. Try the striped bass if on the fresh fish menu. Owner is very knowledgeable about his wine list and makes excellent pairing suggestions."
    Dined on 11/12/2012
  • "I was very disappointed. Aria use to be very good. I had ordered in the past their eggplant appetizer and it was melt in your mouth delicious. ordered it again and eventhough the menu stated the same preparation the eggplant came in boring and unappetizing looking not to mention that they had no taste little cigar shapes of pureed. Main course of veal piccata was dry and the meat tough. Dessert of flourless chocolate cake tasted like dust. I would not go back. Sorry.."
    Dined on 11/29/2012
  • "We were there on a quiet Monday night with few other diners, and the meal was exceptional. Try the Boulevard Salad with its delicate chestnut lemon dressing."
    Dined on 10/1/2012
  • "Pricey! Not enough food for the price. No sides with entree,yet pricey."
    Dined on 9/25/2012
  • "Thoughtful menu with flavors that explode off the plate. Fresh ingredients are the key to their tasty food. The calamari appetizer is very tender, served piping hot, and is rolled in a delicious, lightly-breaded crust, with a zesty marinara dipping sauce. Had the veal meatball appetizer as a main course, plenty filling and perfectly prepared. Aria remains a signature Italian restaurant in Stamford, CT, a small city that doesn't lack for pretty good Italian Restaurants..."
    Dined on 9/17/2012