Following the success of Tuscan Oven in Mount Kisco, New York, Karen and Anthony Pirraglia opened another outlet on Main Avenue in Norwalk. The ... More
Tuscan Oven A Trattoria
Following the success of Tuscan Oven in Mount Kisco, New York, Karen and Anthony Pirraglia opened another outlet on Main Avenue in Norwalk. The restaurant is covered in simple grey stone walls with various niches for fire that covers the room in a warm glow; typica Italian artifacts like pots and and urns adorn the place that gives it a rustic charm. As you step into the doors of this restaurant you will be transported to an Italian countryside. Relish the Italian dishes on the patio as you are surrounded by lush green trees.
The pasta is delicious and the dinner items were well balanced. However the last two times we went the service was horrific, they forgot to bring the bread out and kept mixing up our orders. The delivery of the orders were so out of whack that we ended up spending way too much time at the dinner table. (Lunch time)
Tuscan Oven..? Don't mistake it for an Italian Restaurant, think of it as a place to take your grandmother from Wichita or Des Moines so she'll be impressed by how much eastern suburban restaurants can look JUST like the Olive Gardens at home.
Festive, faux, phooey! Possibly the ONLY difference between Tuscan and Olive is the price... and if you want to KILL your grandmother, show her the bill from Tuscan and disconnect her Medic Alert. Party of 4, Pasta only.... $200 at a minimum. On the plus side, the bathrooms are really clean, but grandma better have had her hip replacement, because the loos are down a REALLY long and very steep flight of stairs.
This isnt a single time observation, btw, I've only been there a couple dozen times, as I have a lot of well-heeled relatives from the Midwest who love the place, go figure. If you want AMAZING pastas go to Columbus Park in Stamford. Fantastic food at lower prices than Tuscan and it actually feels hip!
Tuscan Oven is set right next to the DMV and is undergoing some construction at the moment, but the food itself was really good. Unfortunately, it is extremely expensive. The appetizers left more to be desired, especially the calamari fritta, but the entrees (the one I had being the beef filet with spinach and potatoes) were well done. For a party of 4, expect to pay $165, not including the tip.
It may be a once in a year kind of place but it may be a good choice for a special occasion.
This place is horrible and a waste of money. I visit Norwalk on business frequently and there are many other... better places to go. It was an embarrasment how poorly me and my co-workers were treated.
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