• L'Orcio

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L'Orcio Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lorcio.com
  • Phone: (203) 777-6670
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Hours:

    Friday Lunch Special

    (3 Courses $19)

    11:30 - 2:30

    Dinner Hours:
    Sunday 4:30 - 9:00
    Closed Monday
    Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 - 9:30
    Friday & Saturday 5:00 - 10:30

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Francesco d'Amuri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: L'Orcio has a private dining area that works well for small intimate functions as well as large groups of up to 50. Menus are customized to customers requests.
  • Private Party Contact: Alison (203) 777-6670

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pearl and Eld Streets
  • Public Transit: Minutes a way from Union Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Off street parking is available in the State Pulaski Lot which is located 1/2 a block from the restaurant.
A word from L'Orcio
L'Orcio is an upscale dining establishment serving Contemporary Italian Cuisine. In house made specialty pastas like Gnocchi, Papparedelle and Eggplant Ravioli are only part of the L'Orcio experience. Chef d'Amuri, an Italian native, also works his magic grilling whole fish and juicy steaks and offers a variety of meat and fish dishes daily. Desserts like Tiramisu', Charlotte agli Amaretti and Lemon Tart are also prepared in house. A relaxing and elegant ambiance with a European flare is the perfect backdrop for lunch, dinner or spirits. Located in a refurbished historical home the restaurant offers three unique spaces for their guests. Whether you're having a cocktail at the handsome bar, an intimate dinner in the elegant dining room or Appetizers with friends under the Wysteria covered Pergola in the courtyard all of your senses are sure to be pleased. Family owned and operated with an eye for detail L'Orcio has a lot to offer. Come in for a meal, a drink or just to say "Ciao."Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Great rustic Italian fare w/ traditional favorites & new twists (chickpea ravioli). House-made pasta was fantastic. Prices for food & wine were reasonable, & wine list is mostly Italian in origin. Appeared to be a nice garden courtyard out back for dining; though, we were not offered the option to sit there. Only point of improvement would be the table service. The dining area is fairly intimate & was not at capacity, & other larger groups seated after our small party received their courses much more quickly. Over 2 hours for a meal with no appetizer or dessert was overly drawn out. Server did not offer any details on dishes/specials, and was not especially attentive. Timing & attention issues seemed to be server specific."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "The food was delicious, The setting was very pretty. Nice outdoor area. Good value. Pleasant service"
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "Lovely pergola over outdoor seating. The meal was flavorful, the service inpecable and the dessert worth going back for just for dessert!"
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "Fridays are the only days L'Ocio's is open for lunch--would that it was more--and it won't be long before their lovely pergola-covered garden is closed for the season, so make a reservation right now! The three-course special menu had many delicious choices for under $20, and the service was friendly and attentive. What a plesant way to start the weekend!"
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "Very pleasant interior courtyard is the perfect setting for enjoying food that will make you think fondly of Italy. If you have never been to Italy here is your chance, go to L'Orcio in New Haven."
    Dined on 9/3/2014
  • "Patio is perfect oasis to catch up with friends & enjoyed great food! Shared house appetizer, three of us had sea bass which was delicious & beautifully presented and fourth guest's lamb chops were cooked to perfection. Waitstaff perfect, didn't rush us, made sure pace of the meal allowed us to enjoy our time together."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "We love L'Orcio for special occasion dining and have never had a bad experience there. The outdoor patio in back seems to be better and more charming every year as the greenery on the overhead arbor fills out more and more with every season. To be fair, we have only eaten inside once ( winter) and while the food was its consistent very good to excellent, the ambiance of the outdoor patio is what appeals to us. It's like being on the set of a Broadway play with the facades of the neighboring buildings -- not ugly, just natural for a neighborhood in New Haven -- rising up beyond the walls of the patio. Beats the heck out of sidewalk dining every time. Even in the heat of summer it's lovely out there."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Great ambience in the outside seating area, attentive and thoughtful service, excellent Italian restaurant near Yale. Travelling through for college drop off, couldn't have been better. Wet pastas were superb. Great salad choices. Good wine list.All five of us loved our food, ranging from picky foodie-type right down to meat 'n potatoes high school student."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "This restaurant was one of the best I've been to in a long time! Everything was outstanding...and take it from me who is 100% Italian. It was truly great on all levels - ambiance, service and of course the FOOD!!! They also have a GREAT garden area in the back. If you are in New Haven and looking for a great place for dinner - run!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Beautiful outdoor space. Solid meal enjoyed by all."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Branzino remains a standout as do the home made pastas. Kitchen on this visit, on a slow overall night, was very slow. Over two hours for dinner, not sure what the issue was but everyone was pretty tired after it was over!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "It's a small place and they make their own pasta. The menu offers a variety of dishes which feature their pasta along with meat, chicken and seafood dishes. The food is amazingly well prepared and served piping hot. The garden is lovely in the summer for a romantic special occasion. They also have a great wine list."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was very good. Wait staff was ok. Waited too long for our wine. Need more wine by the glass selections also. There were too many flies buzzing around. Very annoying and grotesque to bat flies away while you are eating. We felt the place was way too loud. They first wanted to seat us at the table right near the bar. GLAD we changed our table. Bar area needs to be walled off to buffer noise. Place also needs noise bafflers put in place here and there."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Never fails to impress. My cousin has a garlic / onion food allergy and because all dishes are cooked up fresh, she could pick and choose from the menu and was so delighted with the flexibility offered to her. Service is always excellent and dining on the patio is wonderful. Super wine list. Excellent food as always."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. The atmosphere is great, the food was excellent, and the staff was friendly."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "A cozy restaurant that evokes a sense of community but ensures a private dining experience with lots of elbow room. Everything we ordered was delicious and although the menu and service were high end, the interaction was unpretentious. Nice wine selection. We recommend the Tiramisu - possibly the best we've ever had."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The food is carefully prepared and the high level of ingredients is evident in every bite. This is not the Italian cuisine most people are used to and may not be for everyone. Many of the dishes are simple and I am glad they leave the wow and fusion to other establishments. The beauty of The food in Italy is it's simplicity and in my opinion nobody does it better than L'orcio.... If you can treat yourself to Spaghetti Carbonara (not on the menu) you will not regret it. The Nutella Crepe is quite wonderful as well so save room after dinner."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Highly recommend! The outdoor seating is so pleasant and it's hard to believe your are sitting on State St in New Haven, it feels very private. Our server was amazing and answered all of our questions.She helped us make our wine selection by allowing us to sample a wine we ended up not ordering and in the end we were pleased with our Montepulciano. And then there's the food, wonderful! The homemade pasta is light as a feather, we ordered 2 ragu's one Norma and then the chicken cacciatore special all over pasta. I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Experience, food and service all very strong. I'd recommend the restaurant and come back."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Once again we enjoyed a delicious meal. This was our third visit and each time it gets better. We have dined both inside and outdoors, enjoyed both. The salmon was fabulous and my husband had the lamb chops and said they were perfect. I can't wait to return and highly recommend L'Orcio."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at L'Orcio and I highly recommend this neighborhood restaurant offering fabulous Italian (not red sauce Italian mind you) food. The outdoor patio is very special and extremely pleasant on most summer evenings. I had the lobster ravioli which was packed with lobster. Great special selection list. Everyone in our party cleared their plate. Desserts are also greatl, the best tiramisu on the planet. When we don't sit on the patio, we like to eat at the bar, cozy but nice."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Beautiful night for outdoor dining in the sunken patio area. Relaxing ambience, delicious food, attentive and friendly staff! An enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food was mediocre at best. Service was terrible. I had really high expectations for this restaurant and was mightly disappointed. Liked the bartender though! And the outdoor patio was really pretty. Goodfellas down the road has much better food."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "From the tomato sauce to the excellent veal every dish at L'Orcio was a treat to the pallet. Everything was so fresh and tasty. Anything on the menu is a good choice. Enjoy."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Nice Italian restaurant near downtown New Haven. Menu is limited to their specialties."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Good food as usual, not too many exciting choices but everything is very good. Branzino special was very good. Place was almost annoyingly loud on this particular night, very hard to have a conversation at our table for 4."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was our first time at L'Orchio. Relatively easy to get to, and on-the-street parking was available. Although dinning on the patio was available, we ate inside. I would say the inside decor, etc., is a little on the warn side, but the food was spectacular. Our server, Julie, was friendly and very competent. We like to take our time, and she didn't rush us. We had salad caprese and two veal dishes- saltemboco and scalapine. Both excellently prepared and delicious. If you like beautifully prepared Italian food, you will love L'Orchio!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We came for my wife's birthday with my son and daughter-in-law and had a tremendous meal. Plenty of things to choose from and we all had something different, but nobody had "order envy"...we were thrilled with what we ordered. Beautiful weather so the Courtyard was magnificent. My daughter-in-law pronounced L'Orcio as her favorite restaurant in Ct. Great job and can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were just driving through New Haven on our way to Stamford and wanted a nice Italian meal. We never would have found this place without it being included in Opentable but what a gem. We sat out back on their patio - the weather was stunning. We hope that we didn't bother our fellow diners with all the oohhh's and aaahhh's we were making about their gnocchi. Absolutely delicious - we talked about it for days afterwards."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Enjoyable experience, good food. Would have preferred a table in the back room"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Traditional Italian meets creative Italian Staff is friendly the garden is lovely"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Had an wonderful dinner at L'Orcio, dining in what they refer to as "the garden" in the rear of the restaurant. Lovely, quiet meal under the vine-covered pergola. Food, service, pacing all excellent. They were very accomodating to my 94 year old mother-in-law - the garden is actually more accessible than the indoor part of the restaurant which requires going up two fairly steep steps. The garden can be accessed through a gate on the side of the building with no steps at all. Staff was very welcoming and friendly; food creative, delicious and (for this kind of quality) very reasonably priced. Everything a restaurant should be."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The menu is great. Quality if food is excellent. Definitely will come back to dine again!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "As usual we had a great meal and ther service was outstanidng as well. all four of our parties apps were great as were the entrees and desserts and coffee. Also, we spilled a glass of red wine and before we could ask our waitress was helping to clean up, got us a glass od seltzer water and a napkin while another waiter got more napkins and a new chair....what fast efficient teamwork!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I have been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile. It is only open for lunch on Friday's but well worth the wait. The atmosphere was lovely. The staff was attentive but best of all the food was amazingly good. Very authentic Italian cousine."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Thus is a long established and hugely authentic Italian place with a reputation for pasta, mostly made in-house. All true. But what bowled me over was the impeccable service and the utterly I rushed pAce of things. The interior spaces are calm if a little plain and the outdoor dining looked lovely. Overall I fussy and unpretentious in the best possible way. The menu is interesting rather than predictable and the food is the same. Only quibble is that the a/c is a bit fierce. Lovely bar. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "My husband and I picked this restaurant from its website. We went to the theatre and wanted to try a restaurant in the New Haven area. We were pleasantly surprised and glad we picked L'Orcio. We shared the crostini appetizer that had three different toppings of pate ... all were terrific! I highly recommend the pappardelle with pulled chicken! We will definitely visit again."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were there to celebrate a special occasion. The food was first rate with very good service. The only issue was they forgot one appetizer and brought another late, seconds before the the entrees were served. Not a deal breaker and I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food was disgusting. On arrival they gave us the wrong specials menu and didn't realize until AFTER we ordered. We then had to reorder. Food was horrible. Staff inexperienced. Would not go again. Don't know how it was rated best of CT!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The cocktail was a great start. It was followed by a selection of entrees, which my husband and I share along with delicious bread and olive oil. As for main dishes, I highly recommend the mushroom toreitini. It was very good. I loved blood orange sorbet for dessert. With coffee, it was an ideal lunch."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
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