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About 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).

1033 Washington Blvd.
Stamford, CT 06901
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 324-2742

Website:
http://ariacuisine.com/

Executive Chef:
Stefano Staiano

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

Aria Restaurant - Stamford, CT Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

3.8

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (125)
Romantic (112)
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Neighborhood Gem (99)
Notable Wine List (99)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Good for a Date (9)
Authentic (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Cozy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
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Casual (3)
Business Meals (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
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Outstanding Value (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Wonderful food and service!
Will return soon!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great food and great specials!

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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·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...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·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!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·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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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2015

Our first time at Aria and probably our last. Overall very disappointing. The best part of the meal was the bread basket. For appetizers we had the beet salad and the fennel salad. Beet salad was cold and tasteless. Supposedly had a gorgonzola dressing on the beets but not even an inkling of gorgonzola. A few chopped walnuts on the plate to finish it off. Fennel salad was beyond bland. Worst fennel salad I have ever tasted. Dinner was butternut tortellini and fish baked in parchment. The pasta dish was okay but very bland. The fish was dry and had no taste and no moisture to it. The fish supposedly was to have been cooked with cherry tomatoes. There were no cherry tomatoes on the fish - just a few tiny spots of red on the top of the fish. The best part of my fish dish was the sauteed spinach which was due to the addition of parmesan cheese on the top.

The serving staff was polite and attentive.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2015

Took my girlfriend here for our 6 year anv. Very accomodating and treated us with the upmost respect. Everything was amazing from the food, drinks and service !!!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2015

The Branzino, pasta, salads and espresso are delicious. The special dessert, a panna cotta, was luscious. We ate outside, although there was a considerable traffic close by. Wonderful service and a nice friendly atmosphere. We're going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2015

We went with friends during Restaurant Week. We arrived at 7 p.m.; a few other tables were occupied. We received menus, heard the specials, and opined that we would order from the prix fixe menu, plus a starter of the mixed cold meats and cheeses for the table. We ordered a bottle of wine. We got the wine and (very good) bread within 5 minutes of ordering, then waited a full 45 minutes before ANYTHING else appeared - and that was after we pointed out to the server that we had been waiting a long time and it doesn't take much effort to put cold cuts on a platter. When our appetizers arrived 15 minutes after the cheeses, three were very good and one (the Caesar salad) was tasteless and was sent back (it was replaced with a different choice). We noticed that in a few cases people who arrived after we did were served before we were, and wondered whether ordering from the special menu had anything to do with the slow service we were receiving. When the main courses and desserts finally arrived, they were very, very good - the chocolate mousse was especially wonderful. We had the sense that the chef is talented but the kitchen was severely understaffed, and unable to keep up with demand even on a weeknight, when the place was perhaps 60% full. Bottom line: we were just too frustrated by the slow service to want to go back, but if you have all the time in the world (say, 3 hours from arrival to departure) and you are not too hungry when you arrive, and you are not bothered by the slightly musty atmosphere (it was a beautiful, clear evening outside - an open window might have done wonders), you might want to try it, because the meal, when you get it, will probably be very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2015

overall Aria was a good safe bet for a good meal. space was open and clean. service was good and attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2015

Had not been to this restaurant for several years when it seem expensive and pretentious with food only so-so.
But had a four-star meal there this time as did my dining partners, with excellent win and final bill that was only moderately high.
All in all ver please, though we hear owner/chef may be returning to Italy and closing Aria.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 9, 2015

Walked to resturant from hotel with friends around this wonderful park. It is near a new Trump condo. The calamari appetizer was outstanding. Grilled, with a touch of balsamic and other flavors, my group would list this as one of the world's best for flavor, presentation and world class cooking! This would be a must. The pasta was good and the creamy tiramisu to end it was totally different and a nice surprise. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2015

we were the only dinners for lunch so it was quiet. the food came fast and the salmon was excellent. the dessert had frid mint that was so good we ate that more than the choc cake. service was good. it should draw a bigger crowd but i think this is a dinner place more than for lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 9, 2015

Wonderful Ambience and Character. Made our family celebration special!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2015

We were in Stamford for a night and wanted Italian food. We looked on the internet and came up with Aria and we were not disappointed. They have a full menu and it was a hard choice on what to get. It's and easy walk from the main restaurant and bar area. We would definitely return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2015

I hadn't eaten at Aria in awhile, but I always loved the food, wine and service. I ordered the dish I love there which is the Dorade fish cooked in parchment paper. I don't know if the chef has changed or what but what I got for my $30 entree was about 3 oz. of a thin piece of fish on a white plate. No chopped tomatoes or any of what was supposed to be cooked with the fish in the paper. I only got a little 4x4 inch piece of parchment that the fish sat on. I couldn't believe it. When I asked where the tomatoes, onions, etc. were that were supposed to be with the fish, the waiter brought me out a little ramekin with chopped tomato in it. What? Really? What happened to you people? it was still delicious, and being a foodie, I don't mind spending money on good food. But that was ridiculous. A little white piece of fish on a white plate with nothing. No garnish, no parsley flakes, nada. Unbelieveable. I ordered a side of asparagus thank goodness because they put it on the same plate to give it some color. So for $39 I had 3 oz. of fish and 6 sprigs of asparagus. My friend had the Zuppa de Pesche, which was loaded with shellfish and very good, but presentation not so great. I drive by on any given night and wonder why nobody is there. I guess this is why. It was "restaurant week" and I could have had 3 courses including boar osso bucco for $35.15. Something is definitely wrong here and it's too bad. I might go back in awhile to see if it's any better because I really did like this place. I wish I had a picture of what was served to me. I eat out 4 nights a week at minimum, so I know something was very wrong here. so just beware if you do go, but I think it's worth a try for new people. I'd be interested to see the reviews.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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