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Aria Restaurant - Stamford, CT

3.9
117 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

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About

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).
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(203) 324-2742
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Stefano Staiano
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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.
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Private party contact
Stefano: (203) 324-2742
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What 117 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.9  based on all time ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
3.8
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Restaurant was empty and temperature was very cold inside restaurant.

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vipDrob (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

"Old School" Italian restaurant. Ate there on a Friday night. The place was deadly quiet. But the food and service (Marcello!!) were outstanding.

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JayCee (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

Went on a Wednesday evening, place was practically empty. The waitress was attentive and great, the food, however, was lackluster and bland. Not sure if the usual chef was on vacation but the eggplant was oily, flat and flavorless; it also seemed like it had been sitting for a while. Pasta was fresh but the sauces were flat. Chicken had zero flavor. Prices were great, but overall wouldn't return.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on August 29, 2017

Terrible smell upon arrival. Salads and entrees were not good! No one dining now I know why!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Wonderful food and service!
Will return soon!

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vipChristian (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

Overall a very good meal but the pasta dishes were the most memorable. Salads were good but could have used a little more flavor in the dressings.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Great food and great specials!

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Peter (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

Aria has been very consistent over the years. We visit once or twice a year. It's pricey, but not out of line for Stamford. Food is well done, portions are the right size. Service is above average - they were out of the wine I ordered and the waiter suggested a replacement that was similar, but $20 more. He offered the replacement at the same price as the original request.

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lisa (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

We went there to celebrate a late Valentine's Day. It was restaurant week so we decided to take advantage of getting an appetizer, entrée and a desert for a fixed price. The service was very good, the glasses of wine over priced. Fourteen dollars for a glass of wine that I know the bottle in a liquor store retails for about 12 dollars is outrages.
I got the stuffed pepper for my appetizer and my boyfriend got the lamb meatballs. The stuff pepper was unique since it has a pesto sauce on it. It was very good, and large for an appetizer. For my entrée I got the veal scaloppini and this is why I rated the food only 2 stars. My entrée came out lukewarm. What a disappointment. The flavor was ok probably would have been better if it has been hot. My boyfriend had the ravioli which was good and at least hot, but it's ravioli nothing to write home about. Dessert I think was the ultimate BEST. I got the Panna Cotta. I have never had this dessert before and it was YUMMY. My boyfriend had the cheesecake. I had the better dessert.
Overall I was disappointed in my entrée however I would consider giving them another try and eating from the regular menu. Only other complaint I have about this restaurant is the parking.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. We always feel at home and welcome and love the cozy atmosphere.The food is superb from the appetizers to the desserts and the wine list pairs well with the different dishes. Looking forward to our next visit!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

The food was great and the portions were huge. Well worth the price. The service was good as well

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LuluK (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

Nothing to write home about. Interesting décor but a little on the dark side. Almost too quiet - only a few tables occupied and it was a Saturday night. Expensive for what it was.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on December 16, 2016

Very disappointing. The place was half empty and very cold. No atmosphere whatsoever. No background music. Food was average for me; good for my husband. Ordered a glass of a specific white wine and what was brought was something else. There was noise of some kind of construction going on. At dessert time, waiters started removing the tables around us in the section we were in, to setup something, probably for an event the next day. This was at 9:15pm on a Friday! Dessert took 15 minutes to arrive after ordered and was mediocre. Coffee was lukewarm. Prices too high for the place. Not a good experience. Not coming back.

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devilonmyback (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 16, 2016

I'd have liked to give them 5 stars across the board but I can't. I was in Stamford for business Friday night and after doing a little research online, was able to locate this place a block from my hotel, on a bitterly cold December night. When we arrived for our 6:45 reservation we were the first ones in the place. We immediately noted that it was quite chilly, perhaps only in the high 50's or low 60's in the restaurant. We immediately asked our server to turn up the heat. My date and I kept our coats on for the first 10 minutes or so hoping it would warm up. We asked no fewer than 4-5 times about the temperature being raised and each time the server was apologetic but not able to actually change anything. She claimed once that they had just put it on and it would take a little bit for it to warm up. Granted it was pretty cold out, and the space is high ceilings and lots of windows opening onto a major thoroughfare. I noted that they have forced hot air and when its turned up, it should be almost immediate. Again the servers claimed to not notice the cold, but we caught them rubbing their hands together and hopping from foot to foot. I'm disappointed, that the manager didn't approach our table to make amends for the temp, after 4 complaints.

Anyway, I loved my dinner, but it was most uncomfortable and we didn't want to stay for coffee and dessert, it was so chilly. My lasagna was one of the best I've ever had, and my date enjoyed her gnocci, but the overall experience was ruined by the lack of heat.

Please remedy this and I'll gladly come back, since I have many more work days in Stamford coming up.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

Very good food. Loved sitting at a round table with our friends. Loved the quiet ambience, especially since many stamford restaurants are very noisy.

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vipGary (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

This was the fourth dinner my wife and I have had at Aria and the food has always been excellent. It could us a few more moderately priced wine by the glass selections however. It's a quiet place where you can have a conversation as well.

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JLamps (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

The food and service were very good. The lag time between ordering our main course meals, and when they reached the table, seemed to be longer than what most of us were expecting. All in all, this was a pleasant experience and I would return in the future.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

Had an absolutely fantastic romantic dinner here. The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic. Thank you so much for making our night so special...

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DeannaMora (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on September 2, 2016

For restaurant week menu- was not a good value. Entrees did not have any rice or pasta and the beer given was skunked

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 30, 2016

My boyfriend and I came here for restaurant week on a Tuesday night. There were only 3 tables filled so we figured we would get served quickly. We were wrong. The service was very slow. They also "forgot" to give a a wine list when we sat down for dinner. The food was alright, but pretty salty. We probably won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on August 24, 2016

This restaurant never disappoints. The menu is always innovative and delicious. The chef creates unusual entrees with an Italian thread. Highly recommended!

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vipSimon (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2016

Lovely dining experience

Friendly staff, the owner Stafano is wonderful and genuine Italian in all the best ways, food delicious, we had a fabulous meal and were made to feel so welcome.

We will be back with family as well as other business friends.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

We sat close to the kitchen. So every time they came in and out of the door there were loud. The kitchen staff was playing loud music and we could not enjoy ourselves. The parking was awful. The food did not good. I got a pasta and there was barely anything on the plate. Never got the bread we were told. The soda was flat

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NikiBe (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

Great quality for beyond reasonable prices. The appetizer portions were generous (burrata and tomato was fabulous) and they have a delicious selection of breads. Great pasta and seafood dishes but the dessert was absolutely the hi light of our meal. The creama tiramisu was the best I've ever had- so decadent!

Would absolutely recommend this restaurant, and will be coming back for another meal!

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vipRVAFoodies (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2016

Aria is a GEM among Stamford's culinary establishments...seek it out, enjoy engaging conversation with the owner, and partake in authentic, flavorful Italian cuisine!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Adelaide / SA)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2016

A touch bohemian and overall very nice. The food was fabulous, reasonable size portions and much like the old country in our opinion. We will definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

Great food and fantastic service! Don't let the surrounding construction stop you from going! Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

Food is great, a leisurely evening with friends and they did not rush us through as too many others do. Special note, the noise level is very easy for conversation. Our second visit, and we will be back again!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

Worst steak I've ever had.. Not to mention the "potato" on the side was French fries. The food was very sub-par and service was so-so. The only good thing about this place is the wine list and Sinatra music on loop.

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vipOnceanurse (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2016

Very good menu with many choices. The food was delicious and the waitstaff was attentive without being intrusive. The owner came to our table to see if we were happy with our food. Nice wine selection. Will definitely go back again. This is not an inexpensive place but the quality of the food is worth it.

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