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Cotto Wine Bar and Pizzeria Opens in Stamford

There’s a new kid in town, Stamford that is, and its name is Cotto Wine Bar and Pizzeria. Husband and wife Claudio and Silvy Ridolfi have teamed with Chef Kevin Kraklio to create a traditional Italian menu (with a few exceptions) that includes a wide variety of Tapas, entrée-sized dishes and pizzas. Located in the space that formerly housed Tappo, the trio first transformed the interior into a sleeker space, with a front-to-back Italian marble topped bar along the right wall, black-and-white photos adorning the left wall (many of Silvy's mom when she was an actress pictured with Marcello Mastroianni, Brigitte Bardot and David Niven), a curved wood-planked ceiling and an enormous gas fired pizza oven in full view in the rear. Raised in Rome, Cotto represents Claudio and Silvy’s first restaurant in the United States, while Chef Kraklio takes the helm of the kitchen after attending the French Culinary Institute and working at restaurants throughout Italy.

After seeing the menu on-line, my curiosity got the better of me so I stopped for a quick lunch and I am incredibly glad that I did. I ordered the Rigatoni Bolognese and it was divine. The pasta was perfectly cooked to al dente and the beef and veal based sauce was rich, creamy, deep flavored, and was perfectly proportioned to the pasta. Other than a smattering of sautéed mushrooms, it was a traditional preparation with just a touch of cream and butter added at the end to highlight the flavors plus a sprinkling of crushed red pepper to add a little spice. 

As I was speaking with the owners, they offered a thin-crust dessert pizza, made with focaccia dough and covered with Nutella, Rice Crispies and powdered sugar. I have always struggled with calling this combination a “pizza,” but regardless of the name the combination of the chocolaty sweetness, the nuttiness and the Rice Crispies was a great way to end the meal.

In addition, the restaurant currently offers 200 labels on its enormous wine list.  

If my first meal is any indication of the food at Cotto Wine Bar and Pizzeria, it will be a go-to spot in Stamford. Stay tuned as CTbites revisits in a few weeks for a full review of this newest addition to Stamford.

Cotto Wine Bar and Pizzeria 51 Bank Street - Stamford, CT 06901 – 203.914.1400



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Reader Comments (8)

This place is awesome!!! They have the best bartender! I was there last night and he made me the best martini I have ever had! I am looking forward to going back to try some of the other dishes!! Great time - definitely give it a try!

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralpini

Where is this?? I love martinis and would definitely come here - not to mention 200 labels on its wine list??? They should head to the Mohegan Sun Winefest and test a few out as well as spread the word on their new restaurant!

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKellie

Worst place ever! Ordered a salad with shrimp, & it came with about 20 baby shrimp that you couldn't pay me to eat. That was one of many things to go wrong. Cheese platter consisted of sliced smoked muenster & fried ricotta balls. You couldn't pay me to return. Too bad as Tappo which was there before was excellent. I read about this restaurant & thought it would be worth a try, & I was embarrassed to have brought friends!

February 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjeannie

This place is the worst. Their food is disgusting and the owners dont even pay their staff... Don't waste your time on this place!!!!!!

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersamantha

2 reviews on here sound either personal or maybe a competitor or you simply just don't know what great food is. Word to the wise don't listen to Jeannie or Samantha. I have eaten at Cotto many times already and it just keeps getting better. Not one thing on the menu has been "ok". Every dish they have that I have had has been exemplary. Oh, and plenty of wine to go around. Great owners and great staff. Get down there and try it out for yourself. Don't listen to these two. They have no idea what good food is. And for not paying the staff there sure are ALOT of people working there. And on top of that isn't that their business?

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

We recently went here for an early dinner and so happy we did! It is clearly real Italian cooking and the service was wonderful. My son ate an entire pizza by himself while I enjoyed numerous "tapas". Quality ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes and awesome parmesan reggiano, careful preparation, great wine selection and cool space. Can't wait to go back to try more and not sure I want the secret out!

April 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFoodie - Fairfield

I been there few times and seems as they aren't able to keep the same staff. turn over seems to be very high.
there's always new faces. not a good sign of management. its humiliating how they treat their staff.

The manager "Angelo" is very abxnouis and loud. not everybody wants to be interrupted every 5 minutes.

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarc

First of all the food at Cotto is amazing unfortunately whoever is managing this place needs a wake up call.
Service is just OK. On one ocassion when my wife and I came in for dinner, the manager was screaming to the waitstaff because someone had forgotten to remove the silverware off our table. There is a time and place for everything.
no wonder why there're always need faces.

November 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

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