July 2018 by amuze12
Nestled in the Goodwives shopping plaza in Darien, Cesco’s Trattoria’s easy location can’t be beat. I came in on a Friday evening looking for an authentic and delicious Italian meal and I was not disappointed. I started with a glass of savignon blanc, although there are plenty of options for all wine connoisseurs. My server and staff were attentive and charming. I even had the pleasure of meeting Aldo the owner, who was kind and had great spirit. I could just tell how much he loved being there and enjoyed offering a good experience. He treated me to a lovely aperitivo place and bruschetta on the house. For my entree, I chose the Lemon fettuccine with grilled shrimp. This was the perfect summer pasta choice! It was filling and satisfying, yet light with blended notes of lemon, garlic and tomato. Also it had a great pasta to shrimp ratio with 5 jumbo shrimp encased by a nice mound of pasta. Lastly, I ended on the tiramisu, which my server pointed out is a dessert that originally comes from Aldo’s region of Italy. I could tell that his family must have an authentic recipe. Very fluffy upon the first bite and not heavily weighed down by strong coffee notes. It was delightfully light and sweet. Overall, very impressed with the cuisine and will be back soon! Thanks for the great experience!
June 2018 by Amy M.
Absolute hidden gem that you wouldn't expect in a shopping plaza. I chose to come in on a whim for a glass of wine on a summer evening and was pleasantly surprised. My server, Keith, was attentive and charming from the get go, and highly knowledgeable of the menu. Started with a glass of sauvignon blanc with bruschetta served on the house. The wine list covered all bases and all glasses are served as large 9 oz servings, if you're interested in that sort of thing. Otherwise, the food is outstanding so either way you won't be disappointed. My entree of choice was the handmade tagliatelle bolognese, which was not only scrumptious but evoked a sense of elevated coziness. Very satisfying! Prices are a bit steep so be warned, but typical of Darien, CT. The waitstaff was friendly and I definitely plan on coming back soon to see Keith and Jose. Thanks for great experience, Cesco's!
June 2018 by egulyas
A popular Italian restaurant with good reason - great food, nice decor - but tables can be a little close and the staff overwhelmed on busy evenings. Again, very good food, but had to leave the last two times I attempted to eat there as it was just too hectic. Would not recommend for a business dinner. Perhaps try earlier in the week.
May 2018 by Mary Jo C.
Bread pudding to die for!! Chris out waiter was attentive and pleasant. A hidden gem in the rough. Located in Stop and Shop parking lot, so plenty of parking. Sandwiched in between Aux Delices and Coromandel. Delectable dishes and the ambience is inviting and reminiscent of Tuscany Italy
March 2018 by Musicbones
I hate to write a bad review as the owner is very nice and this is apparently the only high end restaurant in this high end town, BUT: my ossobucco was dried out, the main bone was upside down - so there was almost nothing in it, and instead of two pieces of meat, I got one piece and some other lump of bone. (I didn't realize this until the next day when I tried to eat the contents of my 'doggie bag'.) This was a Saturday night! We weren't impressed with the wait staff either - seemed inexperienced and unantentive for a high end establishment. We asked the younger short male server for some serving spoons for our salads that we were splitting three ways - and he completely forgot us. I give it three starts instead of two (given the high expectations), because we have very much enjoyed this restaurant in the past.
February 2018 by yecats59
Went here recently with a large group of about 40 colleagues. We reserved nearly the entire dining room. They offered us a wonderful menu with many selections, about 5 starters, 5 entrees and 3 desserts. For a group of that size it was pretty remarkable they would offer so much choice. And, they pulled it off with great service and great food. Outstanding. The octopus starter was nothing short of amazing, and I am an octopus fanatic. The scallops were perfectly cooked, and beautifully presented. Everyone at my table raved about the food. The service was friendly and attentive, the food was served hot and was beautifully presented. I could not have asked for a better 40+ person dining experience anywhere. I look forward to returning with just my wife for a lovely romantic dinner.
January 2018 by Rosemaryann177
Visited with family .All with experienced dining experiences .All five raved about their dinner selections .Wine selection and advice pleasing ..Caring staffWe shall return .
January 2018 by Lida Melo
Excelente ambiente,exquisita comida y la atención de primera,el precio a la altura del restaurante
January 2018 by James Johnsen
My favorite place in Darien. Food is authentic Italian and very good. Wine is a healthy pour.
October 2017 by Irina Gosh
We had a great time here thanks to the delicious food and great service! Thank you Aldo!
August 2017 by Alison S.
Warm and inviting. Diverse menu. Good sized portions. Fair priced for the area. Nice wine by the glass selection. Overall a solid meal in a comfortable room with good service. No complaints.
July 2017 by randy blosio
The open Ravioli was to die for!!! With a 2013 bottle of Cogno Doucetto D'Alba I'm in heaven.. A must entree!!! Superb!
July 2017 by Raquel Machado Caputi
Delicious food and amazing service. Love it all and want to came back to visit soon . Hermoso restorante deliciosa comida , me encanta ���
June 2017 by Tim Reis
Great, creative menu. Warm, welcoming atmosphere. Great wine list. Friendly, efficient staff.
June 2017 by Duane B.
Decided to hit this place up on my way home from work. Having so many good choices in Westport and Fairfield for dining I don't venture outside much. Not knowing the the restaurant scene in Darien I figured I would try this place.
Place was fairly busy for a Thursday. We were seated promptly by the owner who was very friendly. Throughout dinner you could see him making his rounds around the place sitting down with some tables and chatting while enjoying his glass of wine.
Our waitress had to have been very new. She was also very young and seemed inexperienced . She never offered us any drinks and didn't bring out bread until we requested twice. We shared the Caprese appetizer. The tomatoes lacked any flavor and were not ripe. They were served with a little balsamic glaze that was extremely sweet. For main entrees I ordered the the chicken scarpiello. The chicken was very tough and was extremely bland. My wife had the had the black spaghetti with shrimp which was much better than mine albeit nothing out of this world.
My guess with this place is Darien doesn't have the restaurant scene that Westport has and with far less choices the locals probably frequent here. I also suspect this is the kind of place it would depend which night you go. If you know what to order you could find some better options but first impressions are everything.
May 2017 by Rick S.
Very good Italian food, especially the daily specials. A little noisy but great service from a gracious staff.
May 2017 by Robert A.
Would not recommend. Overpriced and unrefined preparation with low quality ingredients. Snobby attitude, and a racist undertone to boot. As a homeowner and resident of Darien, I think it speaks very poorly of this town. Unfortunate. The town and diners deserve better.
April 2017 by Deisi Diaz
March 2017 by Janet Walker
Enjoyed a delicious lunch served by a very friendly waiter.
February 2017 by Pamela Zimmerman
Nice design/setup; good choice of "real" music, some authentic. Went for dinner on Sunday - excellent service.
Had a Branzino 🐟 dish- Superb!
Definitely will go again! You should too!
February 2017 by Kasia B.
Excellent food and atmosphere. I really enjoyed my lunch there. They also have delicious coffee and desserts. The best Italian food I have ever had!
February 2017 by JoAnn Gallo LoGiurato
We enjoyed a delicious meal at Cesco's on Saturday night. The food is a cut above so many of the trendy spots we have in Fairfield County. This is traditional food with creative flare and fantastic quality ingredients. The quality speaks for itself. The wine list is interesting without price-gouging. Being in the wine industry there's nothing worse for me than over paying for poor quality wines. This is not the case here. You will find great wines at fair prices. Aldo and Barbara are wonderful hosts. We will certainly be going back!
January 2017 by Kimberly Duffy
Excellent dinner, cocktails, service and atmosphere!!! Will definitely go back after a fun birthday celebration
December 2016 by Ruth Rothseid
Excellent food. Now that Boulevard 18 is done, this is my go-to good restaurant to go to.
November 2016 by Mary V.
Food & service top notch! The owner, Aldo, a true gentleman! A real class act.
Our server, Mark, a doll! couldn't be more solicitous of our needs & experience there.
The food was outstanding 👌 started with a Caesar salad - a classic, the parmesan was fresh as was the salad.
For my main course I had the Salmon served over a butternut squash, softened almost to a puree, all in a red wine sauce- to die for!! The salmon was cooked to perfection! My compliments to the chef - possibly best I've had in a restaurant ever. The butternut squash was just sweet enough and went perfectly with the salmon, the sauce tied everything together with the escarole in the dish.
Overall, wonderful experience! Have been raving about them since. Will certainly be back again!
October 2016 by Jonathan Scalisi
I was wishing I had a second helping of that Lemon Fettuccini with Shrimp for lunch today! All their deserts are DElicious
August 2016 by Gino Mattera
We have here numerous times and it never fails to deliver. Aldo and Barbara make everyone feel so welcome, it's as though they are inviting you to their home. The food is exceptional and we recommend it to anyone who appreciates great cuisine!
June 2016 by Marcy R.
Best service ever!! Wonderful menu- thank you!! Jose is always the best! Always remembers our names and always welcomes us! Great food and wonderful specials!
January 2016 by Marina S.
Truly pleasant environment. Beautiful music and quiet setting. The food is awesomely delicious and menu diverse. Highly recommend the bread pudding.
January 2016 by Susan S.
I don't understand how anyone could give this place a good review. The food is horrible and the chef should be fired. My husbands lasagna was cold in the middle so the waiter brought it back to the kitchen. The chef put it into the microwave and cooked it until it was a brick. Then they brought it back. It was inedible! My pasta with bolognese sauce was dry and tasteless. The fried calamari was not fresh - they use frozen seafood like you would get in a fast food restaurant. The restaurant is extremely overpriced and the food is awful Need I say anymore? Wake up people, this place is not even a little bit good!