Assaggio

4.5
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165 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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M
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent but pricy, food was delicious but expensive as well as the wine overpriced

TP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a memorable meal - delicious food with excellent service. We enjoyed sipping wine with the crisp calamari and traditional tomato sauce. We loved the baby spinach salad with gorgonzola, pecans and a wonderful balsamic vinaigrette. We will definitely order our main dishes - diver scallops and veal with a tasty apricot sauce again.

DA
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant represents the perfect combination--great food and a lovely environment with dedicated staff.

J
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my best friend to Assaggio for her birthday. The food was amazing, from the appetizers to the dinner. Our server, Ariel, was fantastic. She was attentive and so sweet.

l
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, the food and the ambiance were all impeccable!! A wonderful way to spend an evening.

TR
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

They destroyed the sea bass (signature dish?) They were not very apologetic with my dish either.
They had to make it a second time which left my wife's dish cool when they brought all out.
Should had offered complimentary "something" for delay ??

VN
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there on a few different occasions where have had more then 10 people in our party. I have to say the service from Ariel (who we have had as a server the past 2 times ) has been fantastic. The timing on the appetizers, salad and main courses was perfectly spaced out. Everyone enjoyed everything. We will definitely be back.

JN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent and Mary was awesome

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently great food and wonderful service

EJ
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful night for a table on the patio. Service was wonderful & professional- our waiter, while new, was very knowledgeable in describing selections & preparation. The Osso Buco was to die for. Would go back in a heartbeat!!

CT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love Assaggio. The food is consistently delicious. One of our favorite places for dinner.

C
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We sat for over an hour because the waiter forgot to place our main course order. When we questioned where our meals were, we were told one of them were over cooked and had to be re-done. So we asked for the three meals that were finished and we would share. Those meals were not available because they were removed from he plates. Obviously, our meals were never place with the kitchen. We asked for our checked left but not before speaking with the manager who acknowledged the problem. If only, restaurants were honest about their mistakes and not try to deceive you with shallow and weak lies,
I have eaten here previously and the food is good and the service was fine. But, this situation is very unacceptable.

CK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was pretty good but expensive. Everything is a la carte. Service was good when it wasn't busy but got worse as the evening went on.

TG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience at Assaggio on Thursday night. The restaurant had a great atmosphere perfect for a date night. There was a choice of either inside or outside dining. The staff were great and friendly. Everything from the drinks, the bread, salad, and filet were delicious. Highly recommended and will definitely go back!

GT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, so was the service. However, we were in the Atrium and it was loud. This might have been due to the sound bouncing off the glass walls, or it was the table next to us. Either way, we could barely hear ourselves.

Anyways, if you are looking for amazing Italian in Branford, then check out Assaggio.

DG
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good. Wasn’t thrilled will our table location. Excellent Service.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The good and service was excellent. I had not been there for many years as I had not been living in Ct and it was as excellent as I remembered.

JR
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good service. Server did not nor could recommend a beverage as a substitute for a beer they did not have. The food was very good. They seemed to be having A/C issues. Overall would go back.

JG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, food was outstanding. We had a great time, enjoyed ourselves. Withoutquestion, we would recommend Assaggio.

KI
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & drink. Outstanding service!!!

DJ
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were very disappointed with our meal and experience. Our reservation was at 7 pm and our food was brought to our table at 8:40 pm. The quality of each meal was mediocre. The wait staff was very personable and did bring us a complementary dessert for us to share.

BG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to Assaggio, and it was consistent with our 1st experience. Food was outstanding; drinks were creative and outstanding; service outstanding. It can get a bit noisy if the restaurant becomes full -- and it does! -- so eating at off-times is recommended if you want to be able to carry on conversation with ease. Outside dining available; but restaurant is on the corner of 2 intersecting streets; so outside seating is along a busy street. Would very highly recommend. Only thing that could make the experience better would be a groupon to moderate the price a tad...!

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always consistent. Never a bad meal or experience. It's our go to place when we dont want to be disappointed.

C
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing. Ariel was amazing. Food amazing. Definitely gonna come again. Thank you again Ryan for the birthday/anniversary dessert.

TA
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Have been to Assaggio plenty of times. The food is delicious. Our waiter was Peter and he was fantastic. He let us take out time in ordering. The service was right on the mark. We will be back

CF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went to Assagio for our anniversary. As we had an early reservation, we were the first ones there. We we warmly greeted by the a male and female upon walking in who were very friendly.

Once we sat down, we were greeted by Allysa who was fantastic. She was very welcoming and energetic about everything on the menu. We proceeded to order a drink and then start with the NY Style Calamari. The Calamari was fantastic.

After the Calamari, my wife and I both ordered a Caesar salad. Salad was your typical salad but needed more dressing. The dressing they use is very light and it seemed to be barely on it.

We proceeded to order entrees. I ordered the Lobster Ravioli and my wife ordered the Orecchiette with lobster meat, portabella mushrooms, spinach, & cream sauce. She really liked hers and I thought mine was good but not great. The problem I had with my ravioli's is that there is way more crab than there is lobster. After cutting each of the 4 ravioli's, I could barely find much lobster. There were no chunks of lobster meat or much lobster at all. My wife even took a bite and asked if they made the wrong dish because all it tasted like was crab.

After dinner, Allyssa went above and beyond and brought us a Tiramisu for our anniversary.

Overall, the restaurant is good and the service was fantastic. It can be a difficult location to find if you're not familiar with the area.

z
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Servers did the best they could. Was clearly understaffed.

C
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was wonderful. Attentive and willing to meet our needs regarding the menu. The food was excellent. It was well prepared and plated in in a delicious manner. The atrium is somewhat loud and the tables are a little tight.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the menu choices. Food is always fresh, hot and flavorful. Service is attentive without being intrusive. I recommend the sea bass or any pasta dish!

O
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the beat meals I’ve had in months. I couldn’t recommend it more!

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and drinks!

LH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dinner for the 6 of us... Food and service were excellent! Will be back!

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was top notch and service was wonderful!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 1

Very loud. Food was pricey. Choice was not favorite meal I ever had there.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is my favorite restaurant! Wonderful staff and amazing food.

JA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very much enjoyed dinner. A little pricy but the pork dish was delicious.

J
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and atmosphere! Highly recommend Assaggio.

JR
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience here. Food is consistently excellent, as is the service. The only (minor) knock is that, being a smaller restaurant, it becomes quite noisy and can be difficult to hear those sitting across from you. But this has little impact on one's overall enjoyment.

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we frequent this restaurant and always enjoy our experience - Cocktails are perfect!
his wine list could be a bit more expensive-

SA
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great. Loud table next to us but that is not your fault. Service was a bit slow. We noted people coming in after us and left before we got our meals. All in all though, enjoyed the evening.

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