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Stamford's Cotto Wine Bar, With Rome Allure, Competes In DVlicious Contest

Dinner's ready at Cotto Wine Bar in Stamford. Photo Credit: Cotto Wine Bar and Trattoria Facebook
Cotto Wine Bar features an array of tapas options. Photo Credit: Cotto Wine Bar and Trattoria Facebook
Dessert at Cotto Wine Bar. Photo Credit: Cotto Wine Bar

STAMFORD, Conn. -- It’s a simple question: “What’s the most DVlicious Italian restaurant in the county?”

What's the Best Italian Restaurant In Fairfield County?
Final Results Voting Closed

What's the Best Italian Restaurant In Fairfield County?

  • Arezzo Ristorante, Westport
  • Bar Sugo, Norwalk
  • Cotto Wine Bar, Stamford
  • Luigi's, Fairfield
  • Osteria Romana, Norwalk

Sounds straightforward, right? But with a dizzying array of options – everything from old-school red sauce joints to modern takes on Grandma’s homemade cooking to trattorias with gourmet pizzas -- the answer can be hard to answer.

We asked for your favorites; five have been narrowed down as part of our contest and those finalists are being profiled this week.

Voting continues until 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28. You can vote multiple times, albeit once per day.

Grab a fork, read on, and let your fingers do the clicking. The winner will receive a framed DVlicious certificate as well as the pride in knowing it offers a taste of Italy close to home.

Cotto Wine Bar and Trattoria, 51 Bank St, Stamford, (203) 914-1400

What Makes It Pasta Perfect: It's a slice of Italy in the heart of Fairfield County with pasta that, if you close your eyes, literally tastes like that you'd find at Rome trattoria. Cotto’s owners, Claudio and Silvy Ridolfi, are both from Rome, as are many of the restaurant’s workers. Cotto, which means cooked, or done, in Italian, also offers a cozy, urban hip ambiance, according to Manager Ian Toogood that rivals what you'd find in Rome.

Worth Special Mention: The place prides itself on its Italian tapas meant for leisurely dining. The wine list is international but mainly focused on Italian, with vintages (400-plus!) from almost every region with a heavy emphasis on Tuscany but also Piedmont and other regions. Toogood said the Ridolfi's, who recently move to Stamford from Weston, are at the eatery all the time. "This really is a family restaurant with a lot of love behind it," he said.

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