Assaggio

4.8
121 reviews
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Italian
Located opposite the historic Branford green, Assaggio has been at the heart of the shoreline community since opening its doors nearly two decades ago. Assaggio is set apart by its modern interpretation of Italian cuisine, which focuses on locally sourced ingredients prepared in traditional Italian methods, as well as nightly additions to the menu that change with the seasons. Assaggio offers a progressive cocktail menu and eclectic wine pairings that focus on boutique labels as well as organic and biodynamic wine making. Assaggio’s commitment to service will always be paramount. Guests regularly find owner Ryan Durant greeting customers at the door accompanied by knowledgeable, attentive, and charismatic staff. Whether guests choose Assaggio’s intimate dinning room or quaint garden patio; Assaggio is the perfect atmosphere for a memorable evening.
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Naples
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. The server came to our table and, knowing it was someone's birthday, said happy birthday and I thanked her. That was it... no drink, little piece of cake, a cookie...something. We were very surprised.

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MG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was amazing and so was our server. I eoul highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers day

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Warm greeting!
Fantastic food!
Wonderful service!!

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CM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to say it was perfect from beginning to end. Food, service, ambiance. They’ve changed the menu since the last tome I went and the changes are welcome. Everything was delicious! 10/10 It is a loud restaurant, for those who are sensitive. But it’s worth the noise level. One of the best restaurants in Branford

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P
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of our favorite Branford restaurants. The staff is always courteous and efficient and the food delicious and fairly priced. They always offer the “staples” mixed with specialty dishes and inventive specials-of-the- day. You never feel rushed and they let you linger (within reason!) for post dinner conversation.
My one note is that because it is so popular it can often get busy and a bit noisy, especially in the greenhouse section.
Highly recommended, and as the warm weather approaches outdoor seating is too.

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RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Birthday celebration. Arrived @6:30P.M. Ordered drinks @ 6:45. Received drinks @7:00. Ordered meals @ 7:00. Food did not arrive until waitress Mary was reminded about our order. She said the kitchen was backed up. @ approximately 1:45 min later our food arrived. Mainly four pasta dishes. Pasta under cooked and overly sauced. My son had pre ordered a birthday cake and Mary did not know
about it. She brought out one (1) piece of cake with a lit candle. There was three other people sitting at the table. At that point we requested the bill and left . ( While waiting for our meal two other tables got their food that arrived after us.)

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HC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date is from a seafood loving family in fact they owed they own seafood market at time. He ordered the Calamari and I was de. The calamari My date did not complim

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TT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, excellent food and service. We look forward to coming back.

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WK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent
I will definitely return
Wonderful experience
We have been several times
Consistently great food and service

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience. Delicious food and outstanding service. I will return and will recommend the place to friends, in fact I already have! My only concern was the temperature of the dining area which seemed on the cooler side to me. It didn’t negatively impact our evening but thought it worth mentioning.

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GT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 8 of us and we had an excellent time. Thank you to our server Mary who was wonderful. We love Assagio and can't wait to return!

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service dpot on

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. The food was soooo good! We will be back, we loved everything including the atmosphere.

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AF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to come here at least every other month. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and the food is consistently amazing!

I recommend the beef carpaccio and vodka penne, my girlfriend normally gets the burrata and the orecchiette pasta.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was attentive from the very start. Everyone in our party enjoyed their dinner. The specials were delicious and beautiful. We chose Assagio specifically because we have been their previously and have had a great experience and it was important to us that our dinner be a good experience. Highly recommend.

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CT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend here for her 30th birthday. Everything was perfect, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Our waitress was Stephanie, she was incredible! She made it so special for us. I will definitely be back.

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Assaggio’s came highly recommended. The food was incredible. Assaagio’s did not disappoint.

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date and I had a beautiful experience. The restaurant was slow due to pending inclement weather, but they still took great care to not rush us out and our waitress, Stephanie, was very welcoming and personable. The food and desserts were delicious as always. A very romantic corner spot near the window with candlelight was perfect! Thanks so much!

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MD
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant never disappoints us. We had a larger party the waiter was great with food allergies and diet requests and the food was delicious as always. Our favorite restaurant to go to. The Chilean sea bass is the best choice on the menu no one compares to this restaurant with that on their menu.

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KI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food.

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r
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice overall.

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfectly prepared filet mignon. Lobster ravioli was delicious.

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JH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Everything they do is top notch. Highly recommended.

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PZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have chosen Assagio as a choice destination for special days as well as romantic evenings. The menu is diverse ; the food is fresh, expertly prepared and always delicious. The wait staff is attentive, friendly and professional. I would recommend Assasgio to all who wish for a wonderful experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great service and atmosphere!! The food was amazing from appetizer through dessert! Highly recommend this place!

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PR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is freshly prepared and tastes delicious! The waiter knew the details of all the specials that evening. Service was excellent!

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is good, the service is kind and polite, but it took tike to tale our order.. we have a corner table (round) that it was not level to the floor and made uncomfortable to eat, because both issues I won’t give them 5 stars.. the food is delicious m, the restaurant is clean and neat.

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KL
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was great and our waitress Stephanie was perfect!!!

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've never had a bad meal here. Service was great, the atmosphere was nice. Would love if they changed up the menu a little more though.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Especially enjoyed the specials of the day.

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DT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Assaggio for New Year’s Eve dinner-we’ve been once before. The service, meal and ambience never disappoints! It’s our favorite restaurant in Branford! Ryan and team are wonderful!!!

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C
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ryan the onwer who is up front to greet you as you walk in is polite and friendly and we had Mary as our server, couldn't ask for a better new years eve dinner venue.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Waitress was great. However the man busing tables was intrusive. Tried to take food before we finished eating; constantly asking if we were finished. Disrupted the dinner ambience.

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KF
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and it was just as wonderful as the 1st! The staff are very kind and accomidating....the food was amazing. We sampled some of the specialty cocktails and loved all of them. It was difficult to pick from the menu as everything was enticing! My friend is a vegetarian and the chef made a puttanesca dish for her that was the best she has ever had! Ambiance is cozy and beautiful....with plenty of room at the table. We definitely will be back as it is now our favorite restaurant!

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KU
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Unfortunately the food is not great but the service was good. We gave it 2 chances and we did not like the food either time. Bland, not enough choices and food combination for sauces was not impressive. So many better places for italian in the New Haven area. We will not be back

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed!! Amazing as always.
Great staff too!

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Went on a Sunday night , place was quiet we were greeted warmly and our coats taken . Service was prompt and attentive . Our server was knowledgeable and answered all questions . They accommodated our diet and allergy needs . We ordered calamari New York style and the gnocchi with duck confit ragout. The favour was the hit of the night a generous portion of gnocchi served with a very meaty duck ragout . Calamari was very spicy but tasty . For dinner my daughter had the crab cakes and tortellini soup . She loved the soup but none of us liked the crab cakes flavor . My got the shrimp and scallops which she enjoyed other than the caper berries . My mother got a special , scallops wrapped with prosciutto served over broccoli rabe , the broccoli was too tough to cut with a knife , scallops were delicious. I had Chilean sea bass blackened over lobster risotto , the fish was well done but the risotto was to die for . I actually was quite full from the apps and had game most of my Rosario home. Thanks Assasigo for a great lunch too.

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Celebrated our 46 anniversary. You won’t be disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had an exceptional meal and cocktails the first time we went here. Not so much the second time. Meals did not meet expectation and fell short. Barely any chicken in a chicken and pasta dish although the sauce was good. Beef and parpadell needed more flavor. Staff was pleasant.

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