Vito's By the Water

Vito's By the Water

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vitosct.com/
  • Phone: 8602858660
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Robert Maffucci
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Vito’s By the Water is a full banquet and catering facility. Whether you want to book in house or have us come to you, Vito's will custom create a package to fit your personal needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Let Vito’s By the Water provide your next corporate meeting or social function with the same great food and service and attention to details that is synonymous with the Vito’s name.
  • Private Party Contact: Nancy Rivosa 860-285-8660
  • Entertainment: Join our Wine Club at vitosct.com to get special promotions and notifications about upcoming events. We've completed the construction of our brand new patio overlooking the water. This summer let us entertain you with live bands, open mic night, at our outdoor tiki bar.
  • Special Events: Throughout the year we hold on and off-site wine dinners; a 4-5 course meal, each paired with a unique wine. We do special event menus for occasions like Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve and we do a spectacular Mother's Day Brunch that's second to none.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Day Hill Road
  • Public Transit: Vito's is located on the bus line.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Vito's has a 150 space parking lot that is private and well lit.
A word from Vito's By the Water
Vito’s Restaurants is a family owned and operated business, which means we treat each and every guest like family. Every member of our team is committed to exceptional service, quality, and detail that are second to none. Beautiful water views and a warm, cozy atmosphere makes for a memorable dining experience.
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Vito's By the Water reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (27)great for outdoor dining (20)special occasion (14)good for groups (13)romantic (12)neighborhood gem (11)great for brunch (11)great for lunch (6)notable wine list (6)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)fit for foodies (3)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Excellent food and service
    TomW
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was our third visit to Vtio's and first chance to dine al fresco. Sitting by the water was very tranquil on a very comfortable evening. Our server, Andy, was very gracious and accommodating. He recommended several dishes and his advice was spot on. My wife's scallops and my Nonna's Pasta were both excellent. We will most certainly return!
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • glazedonutVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    It's not bad, but there is often a bit too much garlic that takes over the flavors of the food!! And I like garlic, but this is just overpowering
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  • Awesome!
    Brit
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We always have an amazing meal at Vitos! Great service, great atmosphere and exceptional food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Knew About This Place
    Bluzey24
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    A few weeks ago, some of my co-workers were in Connecticut from out of town and we all wanted to go out to dinner. Since we always seem to do the West Hartford Center scene, I wanted to find something differnet and ran across Vito's by the Water. All I can say is phenominal. No one left unhappy. Our waiter was amazing as was the food and drinks. I will be back to visit this place on my own with family and the hubby.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    DLinATL
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I had been there once for a catered event and for that the food was GREAT. This time I went with 6 folks and 2 folks thought their meal as good -- chicken artichoke pasta and the colossal shrimp cold. Blackened shrimp -- salty; salmon -- skin cooked on it with less cooked section near the skin; a chef who was a guest said he had never seen a hangar steak like that and questioned the cut. Place was way understaffed and took forever for service or any "special" request (like ice for the lukewarm water).
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They WERE NOT OPEN
    AEMH
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Despite Open Table accepting a lunch reservation for Saturday for Vito's by the Water, they were not open. I am very disappointed in them.
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  • Donna
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Went to Vitos by the Water for the 1st time and had a great experience. Patio dining was perfect for an after work wind down. The food was delicious. I had an amazing chopped salad with grilled chicken. It was fresh, flavorable and reasonably priced. I would definately recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sammy44
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Love the outdoor seating and prefix menu offerings!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Brunch EVER!
    RonC
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We were here for Father's Day brunch and we were surprised that the place was empty on a Father's Day. The food was ok and overpriced. The service was so slow. I don't know why because there were only 2 tables that morning. This restaurant is probably has the worst coffee. It was served in a small cup and it was so weak. Be careful to ask for a refill because it's $2.50 a pour. Our waitress never mentioned the refill charge. We paid $10 for 2 small and really weak cups of coffee. My son ordered the omelette station which we thought includes continental breakfast, but we were charged $5 for the continental breakfast on top of the omelet station for $14.95. Maybe that's why the place is empty.
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  • Fantastic
    Fantastic
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great place, great food, great outdoors and staff is awesome
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night out!
    DandPVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Vito's by the Water is a lovely destination, with views aplenty, along with good food aplenty! Waitstaff knowledgeable, accommodating, and friendly. Mussels are fabulous, as are salads (and to-die-for bread), pizza, and prix fix meals. A good evening out for you and friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Time
    Lucy
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The food was great, service outstanding, environment pleasant, and the place was clean. Good value.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great Dinner
    VBTW
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I took my girlfriend out for dinner since she just graduated college and it was such a wonderful experience the view of the water while eating is beautiful the food was delicious everything was just tremendous.....ask for Nikki
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It was Mother's day so I can understand the wait between getting seated and having a waitress come over for introductions and drink orders but we saw it happen a few times. Their hostess could communicate a little better. The food was good; a great assortment of lunch and breakfast items, not as warm as served food but that is to be expected. The view was nice, we had a lovely view of the ?pond? and park area. We are thinking of going back to try it for lunch sometime- they seem to have a nice outside seating area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for mothers day. Moserately priced, good selection of food. more organization on buffett lines needed. Start finish
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Almost all 5 stars butttttt....
    JRod310
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    There was a large piece of plastic wrap in one of our pasta dishes. The staff immediately apologized and offered to make another dish free of charge. In lieu of that we asked for a gift certificate which they provided. Other than that, great views, freindly staff, the meals were well prepared and priced accordingly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    SteveJoni
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have been to Vito's by the water many times. We have never been disappointed. The food is delicious, and the service is excellent. When we are planning to go out for dinner on a special occasion, Vito's is usually our first choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 333 reviews are from the Vito's By the Water reviews archive.
  • always great
    outstandingVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Wonderful spot and local for us...just love going there.
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    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very good but it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food was very good but it took a LONG time to get it. Wasn't anticipating a 2+ hour dining experience. Noise level was high.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    KerryN
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The service and food was amazing. Very friendly staff and the food came out very quickly. I would definitely return again and also I'd recommend Vito's to my friends and family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I had a great experience at Vito's! Unfortunately I do not recall our waiter's name...we was a caucasian man with a European accent and treated us well. My only negative feedback is that we were sitting next to one of the private party rooms so it was a bit too loud with the music. I think on nights with private events those tables should be removed? Just a thought! Overall a very positive experience and I would definitely recommend this place to my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dinner to remember.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I have been to three of these themed dinners, my favorite was "Beer to Bacon" , the explanations of the food and the pairings of each course with drink of choice is interesting and a fun way to enjoy a meal with friends and family and even the people there that you don't know but get to know over the time of the meal. I look forward to the next dinner, "The Big Kid Carnival" , I'm sure it too will be a sold out event. My friend Lisa Holden already made reservations for this event, see you then.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasantly surprsed
    outstandingVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I hadn't been to Vitos on the Water in quite a while and the last time I went I was not impressed. This time I was delightfully surprised and very happy with the menu options and the food choices my husband and I made. The waiter was super nice and we were so glad to make it out to dinner after so much snow!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Wonderful night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The service at Vito's was great. They were very attentive. The food was amazing. I would recommend the Chicken Parm, it was very good. The drink selection was great as well. :) i would recommend to anyone.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Valentines Dinner
    Liptak
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went here for Valentines Day dinner with my girlfriend. Had never been before didnt know what to expect. My girlfriend is very picky and she loved the atmosphere and her dinner, baked stuffed shrimp. I also enjoyed my dinner, pasta with sun dried tomatoes capers onions and a gorgonzola cream sauce... We also enjoyed our oysters as an appetizer and our "chocolate bomb" dessert. We will definitely be back!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cha-ching
    Sharon
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Way too pricey for a three-star restaurant. Food was good, but not extraordinary. For two of us (I had the salmon and hubby had the stuffed shrimp, plus we each had a "glass" of wine), our tab was $113. Add on a 20% tip, and we were over $140 - more than I pay for a week of groceries. Don't mind paying it if the quality is there, but unfortunately it wasn't. Would have paid $80., tops.
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  • My husband and I shared a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    My husband and I shared a caesar salad to start. Very good, nice shaves of parmesan cheese. We each had the seafood fra diavolo, a special for the evening. All of the seafood, clams, mussels, shrimp and cod, were perfectly cooked. The staff were all friendly and very helpful with entree and wine choices. A fabulous meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    invitingVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This is a must! Ignore some negative reviews. Food was delicious and service was impeccable. Plus, the manager circulated constantly and greeted everyone warmly. The chicken marsala was prepared perfectly. The price fixed menu is an excellent deal. Try this restaurant out or give it a second chance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • atmosphere and fab food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    this was my first time eating here and I was very impressed. I really like the atmosphere and ambience of the restaurant, and the food itself was . we sat in the bar at a nice booth hi and had phenomenal service by our bartender waitress Kelly. she was very attentive and personable and really knew the menu. her professionalism shined without her looking like she was trying too hard, by the end of the night it felt like we knew our waittress for years. She was fun without being overwhelming. the menu itself had so many great options from beef to chickento sea food and even vegetari. also they were very accommodating to our specific request of little changes of the types of preparation of the meals ordered. We will def be back again.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmmmm salmon
    sirdadadaVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Came for mother's birthday. Outstanding dinner. Ate far too much of the bread and aioli - but it was well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Julsofthenile
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We had an early dinner. We ordered bruschetta- the bread which was grilled,was burnt! I had shrimp and scallops risotto. this is the most bland risotto I've ever had in my life. It didn't taste like anything! My husband and I both agreed.The scallops were grilled and so were the shrimp, which were slightly over done. But the whole meal certainly was not worth the price I paid and just simply lacked flavor. My husband had the salmon. The fish was okay and the coconut milk risotto cake was probably the most tastiest thing. Wine was okay. Just seem to be overpriced for the quality and taste of the food. Ambience is good; too bad we probably will not be back.
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    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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  • Must have for Italians
    Desi
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Vito's is a great place for a special occasion, date night or even just a cozy place to sit and have a glass of wine. My ONLY recommendation would be to figure out a way to keep it warm when it's frigid outside. We had a space-heater at our feet and still needed a few glasses of wine to warm up. It was also very very dark where we were sitting. Other than that-it was fantastic and the service was top-notch!
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    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relatively disappointing
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Service, apps, decor is decent but the entrees leave much to be desired. Had the shrimp and scallop risotto and tasted the pan seared salmon. Both great menu items but poorly executed. My risotto was soupy and probably reheated while the shrimp and scallops were over salted by a criminally negligible margin.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • The food was average. The
    NancyG
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    The food was average. The bread basket is always wonderful. The caesar salad had little garlic and little dressing with was very bland. The shrimp scampi was poor. No garlic or capers as the menu describes. It was made with saffron which might be nice for another dish but not when you are expecting scampi. The pizza was extremely greasy.
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  • Re-Visit
    JoePVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    My wife and I had been to Vito's many times but not of late. They had chnaged the menu a bit and was not what we liked. We tried it again recently and were happy to see the menu revised again in a much more acceptable manner at least to us. We enjoyed our meal very much and plan to return again soon. Our server that night was Britnny who we have had before and is always accomodating as is the kitchen. The salmon dish I had that night was very tasty as was my wifes grilled salmon.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • There were a few odd things
    Servicedisappoints
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    There were a few odd things that went wrong like the one beer we ordered the keg kicked, and then the one item of food that one of us wanted to order they were out of. Just when we were getting concerned the food arrived. The food is fantastic! The portion sizes were more than reasonable for the prices and we all enjoyed each of our meals. We even managed to eat dessert even though we were full.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Dinner
    Stick66VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Spent the weekend in CT and stumbled upon Vito's. What a great find...I was I hadn't had a big lunch earlier that day, as the food here was fantastic. Pork Shank was second to none. The chicken dish also excellent. Service very good as well. I hope to be back some day.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Anniversary
    Rick
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Took my wife to Vito's for our anniversary based on good reviews I had seen. It was not overly crowded when we got there but started to fill up while we were there. Probably because it's hidden in a large industrial park. The prices were on the high side, but the quality of the food and service was very good. I would recommend to a friend.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise!
    BCJRCVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I have eaten at this restaurant about 3 times in the past and the food was OK to good. On one occasion, I ordered the bolognese sauce and needed a microscope to find the meat! On this occasion, the food was fantastic! Two of us ordered the chicken parm, one ordered the pork osso buco and one the steak. All meals were excellent. Well done!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Supper
    LouL
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    We came because we'd never been to Vito's so we were interested to learn that it is an enormous facility and clearly gets a lot of sturdy use. It was dark, so we didn't see the view and I imagine outdoor dining is charming. Inside decor is clearly utilitarian. Our server was friendly and took good care of us. We 3 are elderly with two on walkers, so the step up from the curb and opening the front door were challenges. I might come back in the summer with a family group. All best wishes. Lou
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic