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Readers' Choice Winner: Tuscan Osteria and Mercato

The New Canaan restaurant won 33 percent of the vote in New Canaan Patch's "Readers' Choice" contest.

New Canaan Patch and found a 4,200-square-foot Tuscan market and restaurant to be their choice for the best in town: .

The Main Street restaurant claimed 33 percent of New Canaan's 372 votes. Runners-up in the new, weekly poll include (18 percent) and (17 percent).

And New Canaan Patch readers were sure to express why Tuscan is #1:

: 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!

: 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 regular musician playing. The night I was there the guy truly "jammed" out which was a nice surprise. Best to all the good local restaurants!

Here's some more information about Tuscan: It is home to a butcher shop, pasta area and coffee and espresso stations. It also features a full bar, two 60-inch flat screen televisions and a full dining area.

Next week, New Canaan Patch is looking for the "Readers' Choice: Best Preschool." The voting begins Monday morning.

Editor's Note: An Internet poll is not the most ideal vote-collection system in the world, as we all know. That's why we always strive to be 100 percent clear with our readers at Patch that this is not in any way a scientific poll. Our readers' choice features are designed to be a fun and completely friendly expression of our collective passion for great food, great service or a great product, all close to home. It's also a fantastic way for small and medium business owners — the lifeblood of our local economy — to show how much they appreciate their customers. We take a look at comments, reviews as well as the poll, not just any one aspect, in communicating back to readers who among the group of businesses may rise to the top in readers' minds.And even if one business mobilizes more "votes" over another, everyone comes away with a lot of visibility, great displays of loyalty and, best yet, our corner of the web now has a great deal more information about local businesses. We live and shop here too, so if anyone wants to learn more about how they can interact with their customers on Patch or have any suggestions for future readers' choice features, don't hesitate to reach out to your local editor or Regional Editor Michael Dinan at michaeld@patch.com.

Glen K Dunbar March 02, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Hopefully, ONE day I will be FREE of chores so I can get back out like I use to
Devon REMOVE ME FROM PATCH March 02, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Congratulations to Tuscan!
Tom Sack March 04, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Kudos to The Tuscan! Actually just came from there on a lark and they were having some type of Masquerade party. This place is consistenly happily surprising me! And just read their review in the New York Times which was quite impressive for a place only in business for 5 months! Best of luck to these guys.

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