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Ponza Italian Kitchen & Pizza, Norwalk, CT

Ponza Italian Kitchen & Pizza

3.7
3.7
56 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Ponza Italian Kitchen & Pizza is a spirited neighborhood restaurant and gathering place. Named after Italy’s most beautiful Island, Ponza is deeply rooted in hospitality, bringing people together around the table over great food and drink. Enjoy Italian tapas, comforting pasta dishes, chef specialties, and the restaurant’s signature pizza. Ponza’s unique bi-level space is wrapped around a live ficus tree (weeping fig), with cascading branches throughout the restaurant, creating one of Norwalk’s most distinctive restaurants.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 866-7444

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 56 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.4Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. JR

    JohnR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great servie, the food was escellent and the band was kickin!
  2. PZ

    PeteZ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Terrible service! Highly overpriced menu for shopping center restaurant. I dine out twice a week on average and suggest trying a different Italian restaurant in Norwalk as there are many better and lower cost in my experience.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great music by Mark Zelenz
  4. BW

    BrendaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great having live music on the outdoor patio!
  5. F

    Foodlover25

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My experience at Ponza was wonderful. We went to see the band and everything was great. The food was fantastic and our server Tom gave us excellent service. We had a great time listening to the live music and dancing later in the evening. We will be back!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I’m not even sure this place is open anymore with the way that it looked when we arrived. There was a pile of garbage out front, it looked like it had been abandoned for a few months. It looked run down and even if it was open which I don’t think it was I probably would not have went inside to eat judging by the outside of it.
  7. s

    sloper

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Everything was fine. Loved the band, Green Eyed Lady, but the volume was way too loud. It was dance music, so it wasn’t supposed to be quiet and ambient, but it didn’t need to be as loud as it was.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This place from the outside might not look like much but the food is amazing drinks are great staff is friendly and entertainment is great they even have a magic show
  9. C

    Charliem

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good food and service. Selections were good and they have live music so check rge schedule
  10. N

    Never

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Food was cold. I asked for water 5 times very poor service i go there for music not food.
  11. EH

    EHS1

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was fun! When we realized it was going to be too loud to talk if we sat in the tent we were immediately given a table inside. The service was gracious the welcome was gracious we had a great time
  12. L

    Lexi

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    Ambience , service and music is lively , food awful
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    I hope the work out their kinks. We waited 1.5 hours for our food, which is ridiculous and no one seemed to care.
  14. NS

    NigelS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Worst dining experience in my life. Waited two hours and after requesting the manager for the second time advised that my order was never place. This is the second time that I received poor service at this establishment. Being the only Afro American dining at the time made me feel suspicious.
  15. CM

    CleosMom

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and service. Surprised to see a band on a Wednesday night. Nice touch, but a bit loud, making conversation somewhat difficult at times.
  16. t

    trishp

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, atmosphere was terrific and staff was amazing! Will definitely be back with the music 6 nights a week!! Loved the vibe!
  17. CM

    CatherineM

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Never got our food after waiting for over an hour. Waited 45 min for our drinks. Not a single apology.
  18. KL

    KimberlyL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Service was slow. After getting our food no one ever came by to see how things were or if we wanted another drink. Took a long time to get the check. I ordered a Margherita pizza. It wasn't good and not made how a true Margherita pizza should be. We went because of the band, but nothing told us we should choose patio or tent when making the reservation, so we were inside while they played. Food also seems pricey. Live and learn I guess.
  19. LP

    LarryP

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Its a pandemic so service could be better but energetic staff, good food and drinks and the What Up Funk Band made for an amazing night. Thanks Veronica and staff!
  20. JA

    JoeA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    For a mid class restaurant, the food was good but the prices are quite high especially for wine.
  21. L

    Lori

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice place to go to and listen to some music and eat. Been there many times and the food is hot and miss. Sometimes excellent and sometimes less than good. Prices are not in line with the overall food quality and consistency.
  22. S

    Skye

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    This was our and maybe last time we will be at this restaurant. First, no one greeted us or thanked us for coming over. Not very friendly. Also, aren't mask mandates enforced in indoor eating places? No one was wearing it or properly wearing it.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    If you enjoy live music and good food this is a great restaurant. This was my third visit and could not be happier with the experience. Fun adult crowd (but not crowded). Band plays outdoors in heated tent so bring a sweater if you sit outside. Fried artichoke appetizer with lemon dip & Chicken Scarpiello was delicious and well prepared. I’ll be back soon.
  24. RM

    RonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Italian food. Live music! Highly recommended.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great.music , great dancing, great time
  26. TB

    TrueBlue

    New York Area

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We went for dinner on a Saturday night. There was live music at the covered outdoor tent adjacent to the restaurant, and guests were very happy and involved. Food was very good. The only problem was that service was very slow, because there was not enough wait staff. It took a long time for us to get served. Overall, it is a nice neighborhood Italian restaurant, good for casual dinner for family and friends.
  27. C

    Casey

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall2food4service4ambience2
    The band was WAY too loud….turn it down and enjoy the music….too bad too, as the band was great….we couldn’t move as all tables were taken. Food eventually was great. The garlic knots - the first time - almost burnt, no garli, no butter….the second time they were fabulous! Be patient. Ask them to turn the music down and enjoy.
  28. LS

    LewisS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the specials are delicious!! The staff are friendly and do there best to accommodate,
  29. R

    Raven

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Veronica always does a great job with the food and entertainment. It's always a great night out.
  30. RF

    RobinF

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    We went on a Fri when a popular band was playing outside. Every seat in the lovely outside was filled. They have a few fun fire pit tables. The apps, enteres and pizza are fantastic. The service is not. We have been twice and both times it felt like they didn't have enuf servers.
  31. J

    Judit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The live music was enjoyable but way too loud, food was ok but we had to send the salad back, food had not much presentation…overall ok, but not recommending it
  32. MB

    MelanieB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time at Ponza. The food is fantastic and the staff is friendly and treat you like family. No place better!
  33. W

    Will

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Ponza more than twenty times. That's how much I like it there.
  34. A

    A4alliey11

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    It was a nice place and we all had a good time! The food was good and good portion size. The only negative review is it took a while for service but it could have been the time. However we were a large group. Other than that we had a good time and enjoyed the music. I will say it was nice that they had fire pits around for chilly nights.
  35. LS

    LewisS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just amazing as usual, was able to sit outside at a fire pit table, on a beautiful night,
  36. MB

    MelanieB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can't go wrong at Ponza! The food is delicious and comforting, and you are treated like family. LOVE this place!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Memorial gathering with a band playing it was very nice lots of people I haven’t seen forever!!! I frequent Ponza about 3-4 times a month the service definitely needs help
  38. B

    Bevy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a wonderful evening at Ponza last night. The wait staff and service was excellent and our dinners were delicious. An added treat was a live band, Nine of Hearts! Would recommend Ponza!
  39. KA

    KarenA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is great. Veronica books the best bands. Always have a great time dining and dancing.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Our favorite server, Veronica is the best!

FAQs

Ponza Italian Kitchen & Pizza is rated 3.7 stars by 56 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


Google Map for Ponza Italian Kitchen & Pizza

690 Connecticut Ave# 6854 Norwalk, CT 06854-1616

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Norwalk

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

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