Trattoria 'A Vucchella

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$30 and under
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Italian

In Bridgeport, Connecticut, Trattoria 'A Vucchella is an Italian restaurant that serves delicious and unique dishes based on classic, rustic Italian cooking. Its lunch and dinner menus are full of traditional Italian dishes broken up into antipasti, primi and secondi courses that will give you a tour of a variety of Italian tastes. Whether you’re in the mood to try some traditional honey beef tripe or littleneck clams sautéed in white wine and garlic or homemade potato gnocchi stuffed with crab, Trattoria 'A Vucchella will satisfy your desire. Trattoria 'A Vucchella prides itself on pleasing diners with its authentic Italian cuisine in a comfortable and relaxed dining atmosphere. So, no matter if you’re just looking for some antipasti and a glass of wine or are celebrating a big family style dinner, it’s just the place to do it.

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Thu - Sat 3:45PM - 5:30PM

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SP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone enjoyed....great place for dinner before seeing show!

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

The overall experience is consistently welcoming and pleasantly predictable. It is always nice to have a maitre 'de as attentive and caring as Pasquale.
There seems to be no bad choices on the menu!

P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened upon this little gem accidentally and was greeted by the owner Pasquale, a warm and kind gentleman. We sat at the bar while waiting for our reservation time and immediately felt at home. We talked with him and something he said stood out - "There are no customers, only family and guests" and we truly felt like a guest in his "home" The food was outstanding, each delectable bite was a bit of heaven. We will be going back.

AV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere in Fairfield County. We come from Westport because the food is phenomenal, service is fab and has a great eclectic ambience with local art in the walls. A great value as well. Love the wine list too.

NH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it!!!!! Very accommodating! Table for 8 by the window! Very comfortable and food was beautiful!

RU
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice place, will definitely return. Food was very good, ambiance had a nice family feel to it. All meals delivered together and cooked as ordered.

I can see some comments about service, ours was pretty good but definitely slowed down once the restaurant got busier. Also, pet peeve, cleared plates ongoing vs waiting until all finished but overall a very good experience.

NC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambience, the wine selection, and the great selection of food. It’s a very cozy restaurant, and the staff are so pleasent, always.

KJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dining experience. Delicious food and drink.

FT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointing. Food is fresh, flavorful and authentic.

CT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It is great to have such an authentic and high-end (appearing!) Italian restaurant in downtown Bridgeport, when too many of the great restaurants in the area are in Westport or Fairfield. At the same time, TaV is warm, welcoming, and very reasonably priced.

Definitely a new neighborhood favorite for us!

RT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perhaps my favorite restaurant in the area, and I saw from the crowd that it has been discovered! Don’t let the location put you off:it is in a cozy, quiet corner with no worries about parking. The food is wonderful and there is usually a long list of specials. We started with the generous serving of antipasto. I had the grilled branzino with broccoli rabe and roasted potatoes. They had the New York strip with arugula and the meatballs with a side of spaghetti and ragu. The wine list is fairly extensive for a small place, and the Primitivo was superb, no taste of tannins and a smooth finish. The portions are generous and the service is always excellent. The owner is charming, warm and friendly and he shared his own homemade limoncello after our meal. They pride themselves on letting you relax and not pushing the check on you. A Vucchella is always a great experience...and a very good value.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pasquel was a gem and guided us through the menu and an excellent wine selection. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals of paparadelli, fish and gnocchi. The calamari looked under cooked yet it was cooked to perfection and there was so much we could not finish the appetizer between 3 of us. Too full for dessert. My 3 friends were very impressed as it was their first time there. We will all gladly go back again. Bon appetito

CV
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

No ambiance whatsoever. Had no idea who our server was for around 15 min. The waiter was some skinny dude with an Italian accent who didnt seem to keen on how to converse properly. He was dressed like he was going out to a club after he got off work. No owner ever came over to bring us "lemoncello" or for any other reason. They were playing Stevie B dance music for God's sake! What kind of "authentic" Italian restaurant plays Stevie B!? They brought okay bread and tbe kid poured about a tablespoon of olive oil onto a plate, as if the olive oil had gold flakes in it and they couldnt possibly leave it on the table for us to dole out as we wish. I had to ask for salt and pepper. Weird. When the food came I simply looked at my wife and she knew exactly what I was going to say. I honestly thought it was a mistake. I ordered the gnocchi special for dinner and it was served in a soup bowl. For reference I held my hand over my dinner and was able to cover the meal completely, like some magician on Americas got Talent. The gnocchi were decent, made correctly, but due to cooking it in a bowl with bacon jowls tje3 wholw meal, all 4 ounces of it, was very greasy. Total disappoinment. Waste of money. I've been to Rome, Florence, Naples and North Boston where I have had real Italian cuisine. This restauraunt is a far cry from those restaurants, and is probably not even among the top Italian restaurants in Bridgeport. Those dingbats who write online reviews of this place claiming it's food is comparable to food in Italy are, I would wager, psuedo foodies in their 60s and 70s whose taste buds habe been so decimated by age that they think boxed Barilla pasta with cubed Spam is the best meal they have ever tasted since the great depression. Needless to say, I will not be going back to Trattoria al Vucchello. Or whatever Italian sounding name they chose to name the restaurant to try and give it some legitimacy.

TB
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

You may drive by it. You may say "Bridgeport, I'm not eating there." If you do, you're missing out.

Pascual does a great job, wonderful dishes! I recommend any gnocchi dish on the menu.

MC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

When ordering wine, be very clear on which brand you want

FL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, beautiful venue - I'm very happy with A'Vucchlla.

KG
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal here. The staff are very friendly, the atmosphere was great, a very diverse clientele. I had the spaghetti carbonara which was delicious although a little heavy on the guincale for my personal taste. My husband had the seafood risotto which was outstanding.

LA
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and great service, but the wine selection was a little disappointing.

SD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We needed a restaurant near the ferry that was open at an odd time (3:30). This one was and we took my mother-in-law there for her birthday. However, we had hoped to get some pizza and paninis, but the person who made pizza wasn't there. They should state online that the person who makes pizza and paninis is not there at certain times during the day so that people can choose a restaurant accordingly. We ate other food and it wasn't bad, just not my first choice for Italian in the area.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my favorite Italian restaurant. The owner Pasquale, is very attentive, always makes sure we are taken care of. The food is excellent and good value. A great combination food equality, service and value

OT
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Food was decent but the service was atrocious. Took forever to place our order, food was delivered to the wrong table so they had to remake it, and we had 3-4 people waiting on our table of only two. Not really sure who our waiter or waitress was. Sitting at the bar might be a better option.

KW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, authentic food, friendly & personable staff, perfect date night spot, hidden gem! Our first visit we sat at the bar, second we sat at one of the tables along the window - was never empty but also never too crowded! The homemade pasta was fantastic and so was the soup

JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing, the service is perfect and the owner is warm and accommodating.

JH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Delicious Food. Loved the eggplant appetizer and can't wait to order it again.
A gem on Fairfield Ave. in Bridgeport...

KD
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was the 3rd or 4th time visiting Trattoria A'Vucchella. We obviously have liked the food there. This time it was a little off & we understand it happens. The restaurant was 1/3 - 1/2 full and a large party came in shortly after we did. The staff was moving tables around & accomodating them that the others (us) were slow to get a 2nd round of beverages. And then, we waited to get the check. When you are spending $100 or more, on dinner - service makes a difference.

WC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best by far authentic Italian cuisine in Fairfield country. Always accommodating, friendly, professional & delicious food!!!

JA
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Portions were a little small. Options on the mean were fresh

G
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a pleasant experience.
Homemade pasta dishes were very good.
Nice local spot.

JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!

JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were staying in Fairfield, CN and picked the restaurant from a short list of restaurants. We were so impressed with the friendly atmosphere and the excellent service.
We have already recommended the restaurant to four friends who live in the area.

RG
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great restaurant but VERY noisy. We had dinner with old friends and it made conversation rather unpleasant

j
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite trattoria. Pasquale always charming. Service, food and wine delicious

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for everyday or a special occasion. The food is absolutely incredible. I’d say this is the closest you get to being in Italy in CT!

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

The food was delicious, impeccably plated. Service was excellent. Restaurant was booked to capacity. We did not have to wait for service, food arrived in a timely fashion. Wait staff attentive and friendly. We will be adding this restaurant to those we frequent!

LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit. Really like the look, feel and welcome upon entering. Interesting food choices from pizza to full dinner. Everyone at the table both times enjoyed their meal. The host is gracious and the entire evening was wonderful. Thanks, will be back soon.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food made to order. It’s not a big place so it is noisy but not obnoxiously so.

JO
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place for ANY occasion . Pasquale and Jen are amazing hosts. The food is authentic and made with passion. Just a great place.

RO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, authentic Italian food; very friendly staff; pleasant, warm atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We sat there for 2 hours after ordering our food. The waitstaff did not even see if we needed anything,nor did they offer us a reason for the delay. We finally asked for a drink check and left, along with some other patrons. We never got to taste the food. It was very loud, and not a very nice ambience.

RA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Poor value for the money. Low grade meat. Grimy pepper shaker with cheap pepper rather than freshly ground pepper. No freshly ground parmesan. Two positives: delicious hand made gnocchi and our server was sweet.

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