May 2019 by Wendyfio
fun atmosphere and delicious food make this a good place to go for Italian food. Prices are extremely fair compared to other spots and the food is great. The service is really good as the servers are well trained. You will receive everything you ask for exactly the way you want it which is especially nice. We love the Halibut, chicken Milanese, lasagna, burrata ravioli.
May 2019 by james sarnelle
Very good food, but somewhat annoyed that they charged $5 for a glass of ginger ale that was fifty percent ice. $15 for a glass of house wine. Very noisy, hard to hear our conversation. Also, had cold air constantly blowing over our table despite telling our waiter. Might be OK for workers to be comfortable but guests should be the priority when it comes to room temperature.
March 2019 by B B
Great food!!!! Traveled from Brooklyn to get the best pastaðŸ˜
March 2019 by Sasha Datta
Wonderful ! Great good !
February 2019 by Beluga4162
Authentic and freshly prepared meals are served by the very friendly staff. Everyone works together so well, and the answer is never,â€noâ€. They really want to please the customers.
January 2019 by Eric Sandstrom
Very good food an great value. A little loud and tight.
January 2019 by Mike Cast
Amazing authentic italian cuisine
December 2018 by TJ Jackson
Very high quality Italian served by good people.
November 2018 by northernlights40
My negative journey with this restaurant started with trying to make a reservation. I left a voicemail and sent an email around noon the day we wanted to eat there. No call back, no email reply. I finally called around 5:30 later that day to find out my name was already assigned to a table (how would I know that if nobody returned my call or email?!). We headed out to dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday. Had a quiet table in the bar. Our meal started out fine, we placed or order, and had some very nice wine. Well, we waited and waited and waited and about 20 minutes we finally get our salads. We wait again, maybe another 25+ minutes and we get our main course. While the food was good, the frustration of the poor service ruined the night. Something was off about the flow, the service, some people were getting their food right away, clearly we did not. At one point the waiter comes over to tell us our food would be out soon, but you could tell he was avoiding us because of all the delays (a simple complementary glass of wine or an apology would have been appreciated). I simply cannot recommend this restaurant due to its poor service.
August 2018 by Jay F
We have been to Cesco's frequently and never been disappointed. We love sitting at the bar and I enjoy the Caprese salad with the fresh mozzarella and the polenta that accompanies many entrees it delightful. I also love the selection of wines especially the red Italian Rosso.
July 2018 by Judy Sarnelle
Food was prepared excellently. Staff was very attentive. Comfortable setting. Did not rush us out. They left us to relax after dinner to chat. Love this place!
July 2018 by Rebecca Stanton
Love this restaurant. Wonderful food, atmosphere . Very pleased.
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 atencií³n 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 ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½
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