Local, reliable upscale Italian
A nice, small Italian restaurant with an interesting menu..varying specials and solid service. Always a nice evening out and the food quality never wavers. Not a romantic place so I wouldn't celebrate an anniversary there...but good for couples looking for a nicer meal and small groups to meet up, eat and talk.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fit for a special ocassion or meal
A beautiful dining room, tables set with fresh flowers, looking out at the patio also with flowers (spring at last). Our brunch of eggs Benedict and a mimosa just hit the spot. This was not our first time and definitely will return soon!
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time was had by all
Food was great, dessert even better! There was even a 5 piece jazz band that started at 9. We would absolutely return.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent service and food
When we arrived we were greeted by the host confirming our open table reservations. I had previously reviewed the menu as I can be a picky about the food I eat and had several choices in mind. I picked the lamb chops rare because they were American Lamb - (I do not like New Zealand or Australian -- too gamey) they were delicious, tender and a generous portion. My girlfriend (of 4 years - anniversary dinner) ordered a seafood risotto which she said was wonderful. For desert we shared the restaurants own gelato, pistachio, lemon & vanilla - all wonderful.
We both complimented the host and would definitely return.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second time here.
This was our second time here. It was my girlfriends birhtday and I called to let them know that. We recieved a very warm welcome from Lenny the owner. He and his staff provided us with excellent service and attention. He also provided us drinks and the birthday cake on the house. He also remembered that I have an allergy to shell fish and had a special veal chop made to order for me. My girfreind has scallops that she said were the sweetest she has ever had. Needless to say we will be back. .
8/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a great choice...
Tuna tartare is always fresh and prepared well. Branzino and duck pasta special were great. Wine list has many interesting (all Italian) choices. Outdoor patio is beautiful and room is beautifully decorated. Service is gracious. Desserts are fantastic. A worthy choice for semi-Formal Italian that doesn't break the bank.
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Cest moi 38
Excellent pasta dishes; outstanding antipasto. Overall great dining experience. Would suggest a few reasonably priced Italian wines included in the wine selection. Especially appreciated our waiter, Lenny, and his recommendation for a wine to complement the different entrees ordered by 5 people. Would definitely recommend the restaurant!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
We visit New Canaan frequently and dine out on occasion, and finding Carpe Diem was a great move, as the food was phenomenal, and the service excellent as well. We sat out front on the patio, and it was a perfect night. We brought our kids, 16 and 10, and they were fine in this classy spot. We will definitely return when back in New Canaan!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A go-to favorite in New Canaan. Always good food and service. You just can't miss.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice new place
We had a fantastic dinner here. Food was delicious, service was excellent. My only complaint was it was slow -- we weren't in a huge hurry, but appetizers took 45 minutes to appear. It is very new, so we'll chalk it up to that. Will definitely go back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved the food! Real authentic Italian -- quite delicious!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. Great food and warm setting. Service was terrific.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh Italian in charming setting
We dined here on a quiet midweek evening and were thoroughly charmed by the tasteful and sophisticated holiday decor, the friendly and accommodating maitre d', and the attentive service. Fresh minestrone soup was an excellent starter, and the pasta fruitti di mare entree was perfect accompanied by a glass of the house Italian chardonnay. The chef actually made fresh linguini when I asked for it as a substitution, and we were told that all the pasta served is made on the premises. Pappardelle was equally delicious. A light and fluffy slice of cheesecake with blueberry compote completed our wonderful meal. We will definitely be returning to this gem!
12/10/2013 4:00:00 PM