Assaggio

4.6
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178 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located opposite the historic Branford green, Assaggio has been at the heart of the shoreline community since opening its doors nearly two decades ago. Assaggio is set apart by its modern interpretation of Italian cuisine, which focuses on locally sourced ingredients prepared in traditional Italian methods, as well as nightly additions to the menu that change with the seasons. Assaggio offers a progressive cocktail menu and eclectic wine pairings that focus on boutique labels as well as organic and biodynamic wine making. Assaggio’s commitment to service will always be paramount. Guests regularly find owner Ryan Durant greeting customers at the door accompanied by knowledgeable, attentive, and charismatic staff. Whether guests choose Assaggio’s intimate dinning room or quaint garden patio; Assaggio is the perfect atmosphere for a memorable evening.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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4.2
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BD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We invited a couple to have dinner with us and hoped it would be a great experience. We all loved it. Our waiter was particularly engaging and we enjoyed him a lot. He was also very knowledgeable about the food.
The meal was delicious and portions were more than ample. We had appetizers and my suggestion is to share two appetizers for four. They were large. We had another meal the next night. We would come again and we would suggest Assagio’s to others.

ZG
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Always recommend to friends from out of town. Great food in small local Resturant

k
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was terrific... our server did and outstanding job... explained the specials in detail; he was personable, efficient... handled the 9 of us with ease... we eat in some great places on both coasts- the service and food at Assagio is top tier! Thanks for a wonderful night

l
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

My wife and I consider Assaggio’s one of our favorite restaurants on the Shoreline.
Our only complaint and it happened again last Saturday nite is that it takes too long to serve the main course.
There was only the two of us but from the time we sat down to the time we received our entrees was 80 minutes.
That in our judgement is too long. The explanation is always the same- The kitchen got backed up.
Hopefully that can be improved upon in the future.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My friends and I have gone to Assaggio’s for our Christmas dinner for the past 4 years and have enjoyed it each year

S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've have had several dinners at Assaggio's and have never been disappointed. The food is excellent. The service couldn't be better and the staff is so polite and accommodating you would think you're at Mom's.

RB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food great service the only thing is tables are so close you can hear other peoples conversations and it’s a little irritating as you’re coming to a beautiful restaurant to enjoy their fantastic food but listening to someone else’s drama but overall I enjoyed my time.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was wonderful from food to service. It was slightly chilly, but expected for this time of year. I would return and recommend to a friend. It's only November and need to get through the winter, but sitting outside on the patio gives me something to look forward to.

RG
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was excellent. I would definitely recommend it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Always get the blackened sea bass and it was fantastic as usual.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good service. We didn’t feel rushed. Good food, but overpriced. Soggy salad. Why is it so hard to get an Apple Martini!

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

the building could use some upgrades but the overall experience was fine, worth the trip

m
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Second visit to this restaurant. The food is consistently very good with professional waitstaff. It is the top two in town.

M
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent but pricy, food was delicious but expensive as well as the wine overpriced

TP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a memorable meal - delicious food with excellent service. We enjoyed sipping wine with the crisp calamari and traditional tomato sauce. We loved the baby spinach salad with gorgonzola, pecans and a wonderful balsamic vinaigrette. We will definitely order our main dishes - diver scallops and veal with a tasty apricot sauce again.

DA
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant represents the perfect combination--great food and a lovely environment with dedicated staff.

J
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I brought my best friend to Assaggio for her birthday. The food was amazing, from the appetizers to the dinner. Our server, Ariel, was fantastic. She was attentive and so sweet.

l
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service, the food and the ambiance were all impeccable!! A wonderful way to spend an evening.

TR
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

They destroyed the sea bass (signature dish?) They were not very apologetic with my dish either.
They had to make it a second time which left my wife's dish cool when they brought all out.
Should had offered complimentary "something" for delay ??

VN
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been there on a few different occasions where have had more then 10 people in our party. I have to say the service from Ariel (who we have had as a server the past 2 times ) has been fantastic. The timing on the appetizers, salad and main courses was perfectly spaced out. Everyone enjoyed everything. We will definitely be back.

JN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was excellent and Mary was awesome

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always consistently great food and wonderful service

EJ
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A beautiful night for a table on the patio. Service was wonderful & professional- our waiter, while new, was very knowledgeable in describing selections & preparation. The Osso Buco was to die for. Would go back in a heartbeat!!

CT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We love Assaggio. The food is consistently delicious. One of our favorite places for dinner.

C
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

We sat for over an hour because the waiter forgot to place our main course order. When we questioned where our meals were, we were told one of them were over cooked and had to be re-done. So we asked for the three meals that were finished and we would share. Those meals were not available because they were removed from he plates. Obviously, our meals were never place with the kitchen. We asked for our checked left but not before speaking with the manager who acknowledged the problem. If only, restaurants were honest about their mistakes and not try to deceive you with shallow and weak lies,
I have eaten here previously and the food is good and the service was fine. But, this situation is very unacceptable.

CK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Food was pretty good but expensive. Everything is a la carte. Service was good when it wasn't busy but got worse as the evening went on.

TG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great experience at Assaggio on Thursday night. The restaurant had a great atmosphere perfect for a date night. There was a choice of either inside or outside dining. The staff were great and friendly. Everything from the drinks, the bread, salad, and filet were delicious. Highly recommended and will definitely go back!

GT
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent, so was the service. However, we were in the Atrium and it was loud. This might have been due to the sound bouncing off the glass walls, or it was the table next to us. Either way, we could barely hear ourselves.

Anyways, if you are looking for amazing Italian in Branford, then check out Assaggio.

DG
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was good. Wasn’t thrilled will our table location. Excellent Service.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The good and service was excellent. I had not been there for many years as I had not been living in Ct and it was as excellent as I remembered.

JR
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good service. Server did not nor could recommend a beverage as a substitute for a beer they did not have. The food was very good. They seemed to be having A/C issues. Overall would go back.

JG
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent, food was outstanding. We had a great time, enjoyed ourselves. Withoutquestion, we would recommend Assaggio.

KI
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food & drink. Outstanding service!!!

DJ
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We were very disappointed with our meal and experience. Our reservation was at 7 pm and our food was brought to our table at 8:40 pm. The quality of each meal was mediocre. The wait staff was very personable and did bring us a complementary dessert for us to share.

BG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was our second visit to Assaggio, and it was consistent with our 1st experience. Food was outstanding; drinks were creative and outstanding; service outstanding. It can get a bit noisy if the restaurant becomes full -- and it does! -- so eating at off-times is recommended if you want to be able to carry on conversation with ease. Outside dining available; but restaurant is on the corner of 2 intersecting streets; so outside seating is along a busy street. Would very highly recommend. Only thing that could make the experience better would be a groupon to moderate the price a tad...!

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is always consistent. Never a bad meal or experience. It's our go to place when we dont want to be disappointed.

C
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing. Ariel was amazing. Food amazing. Definitely gonna come again. Thank you again Ryan for the birthday/anniversary dessert.

TA
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I Have been to Assaggio plenty of times. The food is delicious. Our waiter was Peter and he was fantastic. He let us take out time in ordering. The service was right on the mark. We will be back

CF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My wife and I went to Assagio for our anniversary. As we had an early reservation, we were the first ones there. We we warmly greeted by the a male and female upon walking in who were very friendly.

Once we sat down, we were greeted by Allysa who was fantastic. She was very welcoming and energetic about everything on the menu. We proceeded to order a drink and then start with the NY Style Calamari. The Calamari was fantastic.

After the Calamari, my wife and I both ordered a Caesar salad. Salad was your typical salad but needed more dressing. The dressing they use is very light and it seemed to be barely on it.

We proceeded to order entrees. I ordered the Lobster Ravioli and my wife ordered the Orecchiette with lobster meat, portabella mushrooms, spinach, & cream sauce. She really liked hers and I thought mine was good but not great. The problem I had with my ravioli's is that there is way more crab than there is lobster. After cutting each of the 4 ravioli's, I could barely find much lobster. There were no chunks of lobster meat or much lobster at all. My wife even took a bite and asked if they made the wrong dish because all it tasted like was crab.

After dinner, Allyssa went above and beyond and brought us a Tiramisu for our anniversary.

Overall, the restaurant is good and the service was fantastic. It can be a difficult location to find if you're not familiar with the area.

z
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Servers did the best they could. Was clearly understaffed.