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About Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar - West Hartford
Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar brings friends and family together over exceptional Italian cuisine that is prepared with the freshest of ingredients and great care. House made pasta, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and artisan bread, domestic and imported antipasti favorites, free-range chicken, market fresh fish, and top grade meat share the stage with Rizzuto’s comfortable, lively atmosphere and genuine hospitality.
Guests of Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar can look forward to a dining experience that focuses on quality, value, and consistency, which Rizzuto’s has been synonymous for since opening its flagship restaurant in Bethel, CT in 2004, West Hartford’s Blue Back Square in 2008, and in Westport in 2009.
Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar looks forward to providing you with a truly unique dining experience.
West Hartford, CT 06107
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11am-3:00pm
Dinner: Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday, 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
S. Main Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Off premise and corporate catering available.
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining events can be held at the restaurant.
Main Dinning Room: 80 seated / 175 reception
Wine Room: 25 /35
Restaurant buyout: 150 / 200
Private Party Contact:
John Mariano: (860) 232-5000
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Monday thru Friday 4pm - 7pm
And late night! Thursday 9pm - 11pm
Friday & Saturday 10pm - Midnight
Featuring . . . $5 Select Beer, Wine & Cocktails ~ $3-$5 Small Plates and $5 Pizza's!!!
50% Off Wine by the Bottle (on bottles $60 and under)
25% Off Wine by the Bottle (on bottles over $60)
10:30am - 3pm
Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar - West Hartford Ratings and Reviews
Our party of 10 dined at Rizzuto's for a working dinner meeting. We were seated in a private area and treated like VIP. Veronica was a very attentive and friendly server. We ordered apps and pizza. Everything came out fast and was tasty. We could not eat everything that we had ordered so we had plenty of leftovers; yet, a very reasonable bill. I always leave Rizzuto's very satisfied.
My husband and I dined at Rizzuto’s on a Saturday evening. We made reservations - which I highly recommend! It was packed! The seating was a little squished. We sat at a table in a nook by the window. It was so drafty we had to move seats. The next seat was just as cold so we ate with our coats on. Something has to be done about the windows, especially for the winter months. The wine list was wonderful. We had a bottle of Cabernet from Tuscany. Delicious! We ordered the stuffed garlic bread for an appetizer and split the large Caesar salad. Both very good. My husband ordered the chicken Parmesan. It was ok. Overdone chicken but tasty. I ordered the beef short rib dinner. Very good! For dessert we shared the creme brûlée. It was good but should have been a little warmer. Our waiter was very, very good. Very attentive but not overboard. Overall an “ok” experience but we wouldn’t rush back.
Really bad experience. It was very crowded, super noisy and waitress was very busy so she forgot our drinks... we waited for our dinner for 40 (after waiting for our drinks for 20, they were so busy they couldn’t even see us calling them) when we finally got our dinner, my steak was dried and completely burnt on bottom and the potato gratin was so burnt I couldn’t even cut it! When I brought this to the waitress’ attention she said “I’m going to make sure they know about this”
This was a $30 dish which I couldn’t even eat, I expected at least an apology... or a discount or something.... we had to pay the whole check (bare in mind I couldn’t eat my $30 dinner!)
Never returning there, it was a horrible experience and I’m not recommending it to anybody!
Unfortunately the night we went there was a problem with the heat. We were not told about it even after we asked for the heat to be turned up. We even moved our seat from the restaurant to the bar to warm up by body heat. At the end of the night when our check came the manager came over and told us about it. Would have been nice to know when we arrived. Made our first experience a bad one and we didn’t even get compted a drink or dessert for the inconvenience.
We went on Christmas Eve. My parents were in town and my dad is a chef, so what was most important to me is that everyone enjoy their meal. The cocktails were pricey but excellent. The food was delicious. My father and husband got lasagna and there was not a speck left on either plate. My stepmother got a chicken dish and I got a different chicken dish, and both were wonderful. We both kept eating past full because the food was so good. My daughter had a steak and loved it. My son had the kids chicken nuggets and enjoyed them. The place was nice but kid friendly and super busy but our waitress was on top of it. The only down side is the set up made it very noisy and we had to speak very loudly to be heard. It was our first time there but we will definitely go back. My parents talked about how good the food was for the rest of their visit.
This was our first visit and has now become one of my favorite restaurants. My husband and I took our daughter and son-in-law out for our annual special Christmas Eve dinner. Everyone was very happy with their entree, the service and the atmosphere. We dine out every week and my daughter and her husband live in Boston, so they are used to good restaurants. We all enjoyed our dining experience so much we look forward to returning again soon!
For the past few years, in the days preceding Christmas, it's become a bit of a new tradition to get together with family for dinner. Rizzuto's has been the spot, and we are never disappointed by the food, the service, or the festive atmosphere. It is, of course, a great spot other times of year, too. It is a noisy place though, and this year I noticed that the noise was worse than usual - so not the spot for a quite convo or romantic dinner.
Absolutely loved Rizzuto's and enjoyed our dinner while celebrating our friend's birthday. It was the perfect space for our group, the food was delicious, and our waitress was attentive, considerate and very pleasant. My only complaint, is I had called during the day to ensure a dessert would be brought over for my friend's birthday (picked out the specific dessert and gave them his name and everything) and it never came, which was definitely a bit of a disappointment.
my personal favorite in the WH CTR area-the food, as always, was great. my beer was not always cold-not good. the service was poor. i didn't notice but both my children, who have worked in restuarants, noticed that our server had only three tables. he was very nice but not the best server. i don't like to be negative but i want to tell the truth. all other aspects were great. thank you
The food and service were top notch. However, I was quite displeased with our seating by the hostess. We had a reservation for 4 and were shown to a booth by the bar. It was quite noisy. I asked the hostess if we could have one of the four empty booths across the room in a quieter area. Her response was that they were quite busy and saving them for parties of 6. They remained empty for awhile and then two of the four booths were occupied, one by a party of 2, and one by a party of 4. The other two were occupied by parties of 5 and 6.
This unpleasant experience overshadowed the good food and service.
I was pretty disappointed with this visit. Although there were very few other tables in the restaurant, our server was barely attentive to us, disappearing for long periods of time, and our food took a very long time to arrive. It was brunch, and we only ordered egg dishes and a salad. I was surprised that those dishes would take so long to come out! My salad was sitting in a puddle of vinegar and was so acidic it was almost inedible. Even if it had been dressed properly, it was still a pretty measly salad, with very few of the substantial toppings and little flavor. I would have understood if the restaurant had been busy - again, it was almost empty except for us. I will likely not be back.
Overall we enjoyed our visit. Atmosphere, drinks, apps and service were excellent. We were a little disappointed in our main dishes. Steak was served salty and the cavatelli with braised beef short rib was ok but did not like the presentation and taste was off to me. Braised beef short rib with polenta was good and enjoyed by our 2 friends. This was our first visit maybe try some other meals next time.
Had Sunday Brunch with my sisters, to celebrate my birthday. Lots of choices- both breakfast-type items and several other options. Waitress was very pleasant. Room was quite empty when we first arrived for an 11:00 reservation but started to fill up a bit as time went by. Food was quite good and very ample in portion size. I especially enjoyed the crab cake I started with. Enjoyable & leisurely Sunday brunch. Have always had a good experience at Rizzuto.
Stopped by Rizzuto‘s to have dinner with my wife and kids. Rizzuto‘s never disappoints! This is a great place for classic Italian food that’s not your typical pasta with mounds and mounds of cheese on top drowning out any flavor available. This is classic Italian food with excellent flavor! I had the orrechiette con salsicia and canelli beans which was on the Money! My son had the Parpadelle with bolognese. My wife ordered the spaghetti bolognese which was tasty and even my daughter, who had a simple cheese pizza, was raving about the taste. The decor and ambiance is great. We finished off our meals with Tiramisu that was delicious! Cozy and romantic if romance is in the air! Families feel welcomed as well as gatherings with friends or on a date. It’s hard to believe that they have another location in Bethel, CT that is by no means at the same caliber as this West Hartford location! It’s like
Comparing acting skills between Dame Judy Dench to One of the Kardashian’s ; not even close! Rizzuto’s is a must if you’re in, close to, passing by or just traveling to West Hartford! Bon Appetito!
I've been to Rizzuto's before. The food is always amazing. However on this night, the noise level was deafening. We couldn't even talk at our table. Our waiter could barely hear our orders. The place was packed; so asking to be relocated was not doable. I left with a headache
Excellent food, cordial waiter, but 3 weeks on the job, and missed some basics,like topping off water. Biggest issue by far- it was not a busy night, yet the wait between courses was absolutely embarrassing! We both felt they were understaffed, and the diners paid the price!
It may have been an isolated incident, but at this point I can not reccomend.
Menu had many good choices but failed to deliver. Kitchen was very slow yet waiter was attentive and friendly. I ordered a pasta dish with marinara sauce and it tasted like basic tomato sauce not even spaghetti sauce - very disappointing. Portion size good. Appetizers of mussels and calamari were very good. Overall, nothing to rave about.
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