New Canaan Man Arrested for Violating Restraining Order

James Dadio, 44, went to his ex-girlfriend's house on Weed Street, police said. He told police she had told him he could come over to talk, officials said.


A 44-year-old man with addresses in both New Canaan and Stamford has been charged with violating a restraining order, a felony offense, after he went to an ex-girlfriend’s Weed Street house, police said.

James Dadio, pictured, who gave police addresses on Main Street in New Canaan and Alvord Lane in Stamford, had been under an order since last year that forbids him from visiting his 43-year-old ex, according to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc of the New Canaan Police Department.

At 3:08 p.m. on Feb. 4, police received a call from the ex-husband of Dadio’s former girlfriend, saying that “there was a person at the home that wasn’t supposed to be there,” Ogrinc said.

According to police, Dadio when confronted said that his ex-girlfriend had told him that he could come over to talk.

Unrelated to this arrest, Dadio is the owner of Manero’s Gourmet Alley on Elm Street, formerly Reid’s Country Kitchen. He also had been co-owner and head butcher at Tuscan on Main Street in New Canaan, now closed though it had been popular during its short life and was chosen as the best Italian place in town by local Patch readers.

Ogrinc confirmed that the New Canaan address given by Dadio is also that of Tuscan on Main Street.

According to Connecticut Judicial Branch records, Dadio has been convicted of two misdemeanors following arrests in Greenwich and faces several other charges.

He pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree larceny charge in March 2006 and again to second-degree breach of peace in August 2010.  

On Dec. 30, 2010, Greenwich police arrested Dadio for driving under the influence.

On Feb. 4, 2011, Greenwich police again arrested Dadio for making threatening phone calls to a business where he formerly had been a partner, Greenwich Prime Meats on Bruce Park Avenue. The business had been launched by members of the old Manero’s Steakhouse on Steamboat Road in Greenwich after that venerable restaurant was shut down and razed in 2006 to make way for condominiums.

In that instance, Dadio was charged with second-degree threatening, second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct.

On May 31, 2012, New Canaan police served a warrant out of Greenwich charging Dadio with second-degree violation of condition of release. Darien police arrested him on Dec. 10, 2012 for violating a protective order.

Dadio could not be reached Monday at Manero’s in New Canaan.

Following the charges from last week in New Canaan , Dadio was released on $1,000 bond and scheduled to appear Feb. 5 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

Evil Squirrel February 12, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Sorry to hear about this. Guy sounds troubled, despite his fine meats. Can we please get an answer as to why Tuscan shut down? People have alleged drugs, prostitutues, and sleeping quarters on the premises, on top of not paying rent.
Elmcrest February 12, 2013 at 02:13 PM
This article claims The Tuscan "had been popular during its short life and was chosen as the best Italian place in town by local Patch readers.” But the links provided don’t really support those claims — what I see are many terrible reviews and a “best Italian” poll that was clearly skewed by friends who joined Patch to vote and haven’t been heard from since. Yelp.com reviews seem closer to the truth.
Glen K Dunbar February 12, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I never made it there. They were always closed for whatever dumb reason. I guess in the long run it is better I not go there.
James February 12, 2013 at 04:11 PM
It's always unfortunate whenever you hear of a domestic disturbance. I hope they can resolve their problems in an amicable way. I did not know that Maneros and Tuscan were related this way. I stopped eating at Tuscan after the health department shut them down one weekend for code violations. It takes a lot for that to happen. Makes you wonder what is going on at the Maneros kitchen on Elm?
Baffled Resident February 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Minella's landlord filed a lien against the kitchen equipment to recover back rent(>$50K). There are many other creditors as well. As far as Daddio goes, the place on Elm street looks like it's a front for something else. There's never any activity there.
Glen K Dunbar February 13, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Maneros. Yea, ummm what is the latest Gossip there? I walked by a few times and it was closed. I doubt I would go there though. If I want something good to cook I will go to Village Market in Wilton :)
mary parker February 14, 2013 at 06:16 AM
I walk by Tuscan once a week since they closed and still see the tables set up, the bar set up but in my opinion, if the good 50% owner was able to but out the other owner that stole from the restaurant and tried to reopen, it would be a mistake. He wouldn't make it with all of the bad publicity from the past. Better to sell the business if possible but if he is in a lease with the landlord, good luck. It just goes to show never own a business with a partner unless you own 51% or more and have a clear contract between the both of you as far as if one doesn't do his part the other can take controll. Also if you have bands at night playing, have security there to patrol the drug scene and get them out of there. Owner's should be there at least 90% of the time to over see their establishment! Don't trust anyone when it comes to a business. And don't skip around with the health department.
mary parker February 14, 2013 at 06:17 AM
That is why most restaurants fail within their first year. I was a chef, salad person, deli manager most of my life but i have seen the way places were run and didn't want to be a part of what was being served and the health of how food was stored. So I no longer cook. Chef Luis: Food is great but only when the head chef is there cooking. Gates: great food. South End: haven't eaten there yet but always packed with customer's. Elm: Haven't eaten there yet but never see it busy unless there is a private function there. Restaurant food needs to be consitant every day!!!!!! New Canaan Diner: Great diner food! Tony's Deli: Great! Club Sandwich: Great. Vegie Barn: Best roast beef wedge in town and a great price! Consistancy in food is the key to a succesfull eatery!
Michael Dinan (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 05:52 PM
New Canaan Patch also on Feb. 20 filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the town's Health Department, seeking the latest health inspection report at Tuscan—with a possibility of older reports to follow—and fully expect to have those documents in hand shortly so we can report back here. http://www.sunshineweek.org/ -Mike


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