'Best of Patch' Poll: Favorite Italian Restaurant

Which restaurant in New Canaan serves up the best plate of pasta? Vote in our first "Best Of" poll!

Penne alla vodka, chicken parmagiana, frutti de mare ...

Our inaugural " poll kicks off this week with the cuisine of Italy. Where should New Canaanites go when they want a nice bowl of pasta — cooked "al dente," of course — or a rich, decandent piece of tiramisu? You tell us. (Quick note here, as this caused endless debate among Patch editors: This is not for "Best Pizza in New Canaan" — that's coming later in the year.)

We're asking you to weigh in by:

  • Voting in our poll (scroll down to vote)
  • Rating and reviewing (scroll down to click on your favorite restaurant)
  • which restaurants are missing from the list and why they're the best

Restaurants also represent an area where we see new players come and go all the time—hopefully more small business owners coming and succeeding than being forced to shut down. New Canaan Patch updates its "Patch Places" directory every day, so please let us know if you're a small business owner who doesn't see your business on New Canaan Patch, or if you want to (or even !)

Here are some of our favorite places, but if we're leaving one off of the list, please let us know in the comments and we'll add it:

So tell us what your favorite Italian restaurant in New Canaan is and don't forget to tell us why! And if you have a photo of you and your friends or family members enjoying a meal at your favorite Italian restaurant, be sure to post them in our photo gallery!

Glen K Dunbar February 27, 2012 at 02:32 PM
all are wonderful places. When I was free I use to LOVE to hop around and partonize many a place in town. of course now....because I have too much reposnsibility I am lucky if I get to the Post Office. I can't even take the train to work anymore. Woe is me. !! GLEN
maria faucher February 27, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Tuscan! Lunch and dinner Is delish! Bar is a wonderful ace to meet up with friends and have drinks! Marc and the crew are wonderful and treat you well ;) love it there. My pick for lunch or friday/Sunday evening out! The entertainment is great!
Larry February 27, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Carpe Diem has very good food, but on a weekend night, a busy night, it is chaos in that restaurant. One of the worst run dining rooms we've ever seen.
Tom Sack February 28, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Hands down have to say The Tuscan. Cannot say i've been to all of the other places listed, but when get up to that area; do love the ambience at The Tuscan. And clearly love the Food along with the wines and special cocktails to compliment. I was also there on a Thursday evening where I heard they have a reguarl musician playing. The night I was there the guy truly "jammed" out which was a nice surprise. Best to all the good local restaurants!
Penny February 28, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Hands down, Tuscan is best. The ambiance is great, it transports me back to Tuscany, and that's not easy to do. Marc chef/ owner definitely shows what he's made of... And his work in Tuscan restaurants So shines thru. Warm inviting atmosphere only outdone by the quality and the originality of the food! Hope Tuscan is around for a long time!
stacey February 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Joe's Pizza! Long time family run, the food is deliscious but most of all so creative...if you walk in here and get a slice of cheese everytime you are doing yourself an injustice....that's like ordering vanilla everytime at Baskin Robbins!!! Be adventurous, try one of their specialty pies of the day...you will be glad you did!
Glen K Dunbar February 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Want to really go to Tuscan. Anyone want to come sit w/my dear Mother so I can sneak out??? Grrr.... Glen
Adonis F February 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
J Bauer February 28, 2012 at 02:15 PM
The fact that Joe's came in #2 is remarkable. The food there is better than terrible, but not much. I tend to agree that Tuscan is probably the best of the bunch, but they can still be inconsistent at times. Sole's old menu was better than the new one. Of all the restaurants on here, Cava is the most consistent. If they only added some more inventive dishes, I think they could take the crown.
NCrez February 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM
"not a scientific poll" is right. Hands down...
Bruce February 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Chef Marc and Marco, proprietors of the Tuscan Osteria and Mercato have gone to enormous expense, coupling there years of experience living and growing up in Italy and the delivery and execution of The Tuscan is an experience. From the moment you stroll in the aromas resonates from the kitchen, throughout the dining room and co-mingled with the era of long forgotten style Butcher Shop and Gourmet offerings in the Market Place. The Market place itself will intrigue most palates. Chef Marc creating masterpieces from home made pasta's, honey truffle oils, Aged Organic/Grass feed beef to specialties flown in from Italy weekly, like Buffalo Milk infused Burrata, Buffalo Mozzarella, Smoked Mozzarella, Scarmoza, Cultello, Parmigiano Reggiano DOP., Provolone and Fresh Ricotta..The menu preparation is exquisite. All these unique dishes are then paired with many selections of unique wines that compliment every taste and morsel you consume. The staff is well trained, explanations and origins of the different offerings of that day's menu is presented. The feeling of being in Italy is a welcoming experience in this unique establishment. I have traveled around the world all through Italy, eaten in many fine establishments and I consider the Tuscan to be of the same caliper of quality, delivery and execution found in the best cities in Italy. Enjoy the Tuscan, you will return many times and recommend as I am this restaurant to all your friends and associates. Bruce Brigandi
Tom Sack February 29, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Wow Bruce; I love the place as well, but based on your synopsis I will make sure to get back there in the next few days! :)
mark February 29, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I love going to Joes, whenever I can to grab a meatball parm. everytime I go in there the guys that work there are happy and nice.
marc minella March 01, 2012 at 10:00 PM
look under filtered reviews on yelp. Also check reviews on open table. Yelp Urbanspoon, and Chowhound are amatuer review sites.
marc minella March 02, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Blvd is Great!!!!
Heywood Smith March 02, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I'm not a professional restaurant critic, either; and I find the comments of the "amateur" diners (yes, a self selected group) illuminating.I thought My observation was that the high regard for Tuscan on Patch (won the survey) seemed inconsistent with the frequent disappointment many contributors expressed elsewhere. Which kept me away. But now I am inclined to give it a try, sometime.... may even write a review! Trying Blvd 18 this weekend, with high hopes.


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