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Il Pellicano, Fairfield, CT

Il Pellicano

4.5
4.5
48 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
A sublime blend of traditional and modern Italian cuisine, Il Pellicano brings pure Italian cuisine to life. Providing high quality, thoughtful dishes ranging from cacio e pepe to Italian tapas like grilled polpo. The same care and passion runs through our bar list which offers innovative spins on classic cocktails and a well curated wine book.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 292-5004

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 48 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Connecticut

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. D

    Debra

    New York Area

    94 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    94 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious a bit too noisy and tight seating area. The food and service was great
  2. KC

    KittyC

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It’s great having a new spot in Fairfield! If you love mushrooms then go for the pappardelle which was delicious. Friends had the cacio and pepe and the bolognese both of which were winners. Attentive waiter , warm ambience. I’ll be back to saddle up at the cozy bar.
  3. W

    Wonderful

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was our first occasion to eat at Il Pelicano and we really enjoyed the experience. The room was very well appointed, the food was very good as was the overall experience. We will be back to see. Assume and his team.
  4. LW

    LeslieW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing evening, Steve was unreal and kept our table happy even with last min requests! Food, ambiance and service above and beyond. Will be be back.
  5. BP

    BrigitteP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian all around!
  6. LH

    LisaH

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious meal!!! My family loved every dish. Highly recommend the pasta (fungi) and sirloin steak. My only suggestion is not to arrive at opening time (5pm). Book for a busier time.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there as a family for my wife’s birthday dinner. The place had a great vibe and ambiance. The service was great. They had a large spritzer drink selection we had the aperol spritzer and the lemon spritzer which were both delicious. We had a 4 course meal which consisted of appetizers, pastas, main courses and dessert. Everything was freshly prepared and the flavors and taste were phenomenal. It was truly authentic Italian food. Mossimo the owner was super nice and on top of everything. I highly recommend the octopus appetizer and Cacio Pepe pasta. The place is a must try!
  8. MM

    MaryM

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We had high hopes for this new restaurant. Booked a table 10 days in advance and could only get a 5:45 or 9pm reservation. Tables are EXTREMELY close together, noise level is high. Food was disappointing. Brussel sprouts to start were delicious. Prosecco on tap was very nice. I ordered paparadelle fungi ($23) - it was okay; under seasoned; the person I was with ordered chicken capricciosa ($31). People next to us got the short rib ragout - he said it was OK, his wife got the same chicken dish and found it dry (no sauce on it). It was overcooked, under seasoned and the salad on it didn't even have olive oil on it. Waitress was likely stretched thin since it was so crowded (we were there at 5:45) and was not attentive. Never asked if we liked our meals, or if we wanted a 2nd drink or dessert. More interested in moving people out of there for the next reservation. Too many nice restaurants around town to make a second trip back...

    Il PellicanoResponded on November 23, 2022Mary, let me thank you for your thoughtful, helpful words. While it's never great to hear that a guest's experience was anything less than stellar, it is nonetheless important to us that we listen to criticisms. You're absolutely correct that getting a table in the first place can be tricky with our limited availability-- know that we're working on expanding our hours. This will naturally come with an increase in staff allowing us to provide more focused service. We'll earn that second trip!

  9. LG

    LisaG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best thing to happen in Fairfield recently!!! The food is to-die-for and the desserts sublime. Massimo is an excellent host!!
  10. a

    anonymous

    New York Area

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super fun spot with delicious food and great service. Can’t wait to go back!
  11. ED

    ErinD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Delicious food, great service, will definitely go again!
  12. JL

    JaneL

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    So this is the newest restaurant in Fairfield ! It was overrun to say the least. We sat at the bar. Our food was over sauced and over seasoned. I'm not one to write a bad review but it was that bad. The Brussels sprouts had a brownish thick sauce that was hard to eat! If we weren't so hungry we would have sent it back. The meatballs were small and unimpressive. The bolognese which others wrote great reviews on was again over sauced with not enough pasta. At one point, I asked for water and the bartender gave me something that tasted liked gin and club soda. I also asked for bread to soak up the too much sauce and they failed to give it to me. I'm sure being a new restaurant they have to work out the kinks. Hopefully this review will send them on their way.
  13. F

    Firstimer

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food served professionally in an intimate and comfortable space. Perfect for a pre-show dinner with friends.
  14. j

    joec

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent good, ambience, service - overall enjoyable dining experience.
  15. S

    Suzette

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The olive oil flight and beets were great to start. Out of the 3 different meals we had, everyone agreed they were delicious. Very cozy place. Love the fireplace. We would not hesitate to go back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent. We ordered family style to have a taste of many dishes. It was all amazing. Highly recommend the Olive oil flight to start. Starters, salads, pastas and mains were all excellent. Will be back for sure!
  17. g

    gabriellel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an incredible new restaurant! The food was truly perfect- this italian fare is unmatched in fairfield. you have to try it for yourself!
  18. SH

    StaceyH

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner at Il Pelicano. We were seated right away and were not rushed at all. It’s a small kitchen so things take time - which was totally fine with us. The Brussels were a little too saucy but the olive oil trio was excellent as was the bread. We enjoyed the chicken Milanese - though it’s not really “lightly” breaded. The mushroom pasta was a little disappointing but the eggplant appetizer and Caesar were delicious. Overall we will be back!
  19. VI

    VIPfrmCT

    New York Area

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second visit and everything was great! We were greeted by the hostess and the very nice owner Massimo. We were seated at a great round table near the fireplace. The server was excellent and all four of our different dinners were excellent. The atmosphere is very nice and in addition to having great quality food and service, this is an experience dining at one of the very best restaurants in the area. They are new and may very well be the best in the area. We had an assortment of appetizers, the cod, two pasta dishes and the ribeye. All were excellent. Book well in advance as they are selling out on weekends.
  20. j

    jlminv

    New York Area

    254 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    254 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful me modern Italian in Fairfield, CT. Limited menu. Salads are not a strong item, they need more attention. Pasta was vary good- I had Cacio Pepe, and my wife had pasta with Funghi. Both excellent and service very good. Two owners circulating in dining areas were very nice, but one should be in kitchen overseeing and checking food, especially salads
  21. MR

    MRecchia

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again we had a truly beautiful meal and evening. The food and service was excellent!
  22. u

    upperbucksvisitors

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place small but inviting. We actually sat at a high top across from kitchen. Very nice and quiet. Waiter and staff excellent service and conversation!! Massimo the owner stopped by several times to say hi and bring us our bottle of wine. An excellent Brunello! The homemade bread with three different olive oils to dip were superb. Then we had a charcuterie for two with just the right amounts meats and cheeses also excellent! My husband had the Cacio Pepe and said it in his top three world wide! I had the Black Cod so delicious and tender! Massimo says GF pasta coming soon! I can’t wait to try the bolognese with gf pasta! Reminded us of our fav Italian restaurant in NYC but local!!Welcome to Fairfield!!❤️
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Wobbly table was little annoying for date night. Wasn’t really 100% resolved either.
  24. p

    peters

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Awesome atmosphere. Would definitively recommend.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Excellent food. Good ambience. Disappointed that they charged a $60 corkage fee. You did not have red wine glasses, nor the ability to decant. Really? $60 for cork pull
  26. JW

    JohnW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were excited to try this new local Italian option. Food was OK, though we felt Malto is generally better. Service was a little slow, which could be because it is still new and breaking in routines. It was pretty pricy. The two of us ordered a glass of wine each and three appetizers to share. Bill was over $80. Wine was about $35. Each appetizer averaged $15. Even with inflation we've been to restaurants recently for easily $30 less.
  27. KM

    KatherineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Move over Sinclair and Molto- There’s a new game in town and it’s called Il Pellicano. Terrific ambience, just the right buzzy noise level, beautiful interior with both classic and modern touches, and a congenial owner on the premises. Food was absolutely delicious and the wine list very very nice. The bar is nicely sized and perfect for a cocktail or eating your dinner.Will be coming back here again for sure.
  28. CD

    CarolD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Super nice new restaurant in town! Great food; smaller menu, but it works in their favor ….fresh, delicious. Friendly service!
  29. BS

    BillS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved our first time there. Beautiful inside and food was special!!
  30. s

    sju18

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was great, service good. will definitely come back again
  31. F

    Foodforthought

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Our waitress was very well versed in her knowledge of wines and made a terrific choice. I will definitely be returning.
  32. S

    davidS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Colton is a fantastic waiter
  33. KO

    KO26

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance and incredible food. Small portion size (definitely more authentic Italian!) but the great wine list made up for it. A little pricey but to be expected for the quality and location. Can’t wait for the roof deck to open.
  34. NC

    NicoleC

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Was very excited to try this new restaurant and was not sure how well my experience was going to be given they are 3 weeks opened--but very impressed overall and the food was amazing. Our servers let our group take our time with catching up and deciding on our plates, which is rare, as many servers tend to be overly pushy with getting you in and out (but maybe because it was Wednesday). Would appreciate a few more mid-range bottle of wines to choose from--but other than that, highly recommend.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was initially a bit skeptical to book Il Pelicano for a birthday dinner for my high school aged friends and I, considering it was brand new and the vibe seemed to be more geared towards adults. Honestly, I couldn’t have been more wrong! The staff was beyond kind and gracious, and the food was excellent and worth the price. I got the bolognese and HIGHLY recommend it…this is saying a lot, considering I rarely finish my main course at restaurants. We didn’t feel out of place at all, and as a result, will definitely be back!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere !!!!
  37. SM

    SMJP

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Underwhelmed by everything we had. Waiting a long time to order a drink once seated. The Brussels sprouts were drowning in sauce. Steak was cooked perfectly, but also drowning in sauce.
  38. AK

    AlanK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We enjoyed our experience immensely - the food was terrific, and the service was professional. Looking forward to many years of enjoying this new addition to our town's restaurant scene!
  39. LY

    LinsayY

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    New restaurant definitely working out the kinks. Has great potential- will be back.
  40. B

    Butterfleye

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so excited to try Il Pellicano — and we were SO RIGHT to be pumped! The food, the service, the cocktails, the atmosphere ALL EXCELLENT. We were seated near the kitchen, which runs like a quiet and very well oiled machine — like they’ve been doing it for years instead of a few weeks! Massimo and his entire team and doing delightful and delicious things. In fact, we texted people from the table trying to figure out who we’d bring back with us first!! We loved our 2 pastas (alla panna and bolognese - both cooked and seasoned to absolute perfection), the super tasty Caesar salad, and the truly surprising pomegranate panna cotta - which is an absurdly good revelation. Unbelievable. Additional highlights included the beautiful stemware (legit wanted to steal my Prosecco glass) and the espresso martini. We can’t WAIT to go back.

FAQs

Il Pellicano is rated 4.5 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
Google Map for Il Pellicano

1460 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Fairfield, Connecticut

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

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