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Best of Patch: Fairfield's Italian Restaurants

Vote below, rate your personal favorite, and help Patch crown a 'Best Italian Restaurant' in Fairfield to kick off our 'Best of Patch' series.

[Editor's Note: March 2, 9 a.m. - Voting is now closed. The winner will be revealed at 12 p.m. Friday.]

Tasked with identifying a food-and-drink-related category for our Patch users to rank, your local editors here in Fairfield County quickly came up with "Italian restaurants." 

Who doesn't like pasta? Or eggplant parmesan? How about a nice bruschetta?

So today we're kicking off our in that popular category -- Italian restaurants -- one where each one of us has a strong opinion. (Quick note here, this is not "Best Pizza in Fairfield." There will be a more complete version of "Best Pizza" than what's later this year. Some restaurants overlap the "Best Italian" and future "Best Pizza" selections). 

Here in Fairfield, there are plent of Italian restaurants to choose from, and we're asking you to weigh 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. Fairfield Patch updates its "Patch Places" directory every day, so please let me know if you're a small business owner who doesn't see your business on Fairfield 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: 

Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday. Ties will be broken by whichever business has the most newly added reviews to its listing. We will announce the winner at 12 p.m. Friday.

So tell us what your favorite Italian restaurant in Fairfield is, and tell us why!

SR February 27, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Liannas!
Chuck E. Arla February 27, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Apizza Center
Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) February 27, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Two Facebook users chimed in; Liana's has both of their votes.
Ervis Vukaj February 29, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Vino and Mare!
Rita and Millie February 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Mancuso's is like a little piece of NYC in CT! The food is prepared differently than most Italian restaurants. It's worth the trip!
Dorothy March 01, 2012 at 03:40 AM
You have to try it. Whatever you feel to: pasta, chicken, pizza, etc. You will find your favorite. The best chicken scarpariello! One of the best italian restaurant in Fairfield, CT
Melanie Eve Mancuso March 01, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Luigi's is the BEST by far!! Family, cozy atmosphere with delicous specials and great prices. Excellent wine choices and the srevice is great!
Keith Gilbert March 01, 2012 at 06:00 PM
LUIGI'S!!! All day and all night the best Italian restaurant in the vicinity
derek chalmers March 02, 2012 at 02:34 AM
The only way that you could deny Mancuso's restaurant is if you have not been there. i have been to most of the restaurants on the list with a few exceptions. Mancuso's has been around for as long as i can remember and i moved to Fairfield about 20 years ago so that is a long time. Their food is not only superior in terms of freshness and quality but as well as the portion sizes that you are getting for a more than reasonable price. If you have not tried their food i encourage you to do so whether you decide to dine in or take out it will make your night. its been making my tuesday nights for the past 20 years.
Justine Banks March 02, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Mancuso's hands down. give it a try you wont regret it.
David March 02, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Mancuso's is the Best place in Fairfield......maybe even CT. :D
Luigi's March 02, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Luigi's is the BEST!!
eric drake March 02, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Just had a huge party the Mancuso's catered to this afternoon and i can without a doubt say that they deserve to win this poll. i ordered 10 large trays of their food and it was excellent but the tray that stood out the most was the chicken scarp. unfortunately we only ordered one tray of it but it was amazing while it lasted, which was for only about 45 minuets. everyone that came loved the food and i was sure to let them know about the poll that was going on tonight, it was about 100 or so ill be checking in tomorrow to make sure the voted.
Number1Fan March 02, 2012 at 06:01 AM
Luigi's has got to be the closet thing to being in Italy! I feel like My nonna is in the kitchen cooking everytime I go there with my family. Food, Atmosphere, Price...consistency is their house recipe. No wonder why they have been able to stay in business for all these years!!! True fan of Luigi's and always will be!
Bobbie Herman March 25, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Mancuso's Restorante was rated as the best Italian restaurant in Fairfield, according to this poll. I can't understand why -- I can think of several others that are much, much better. My husband and I had dinner there last evening. The staff couldn't have been more courteous or helpful. But the food really wasn't that good. My husband, who loves Bolognaise sauce, and orders it any chance he can, was not happy with it. I ordered the Chicken Gorgonzola, which was made with white wine, sun-dried tomatoes and broccoli. The waiter was happy to substitute angel hair pasta for the penne. I found that the gorgonzola absolutely overpowered any other flavors in the dish. I'm really sorry I can't be more positive. The owner obviously cares about his restaurant and works very hard to please, but we just didn't enjoy the experience. And we selected it because of the poll.

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