Assaggio

4.7
139 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Servers did the best they could. Was clearly understaffed.

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C
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our server was wonderful. Attentive and willing to meet our needs regarding the menu. The food was excellent. It was well prepared and plated in in a delicious manner. The atrium is somewhat loud and the tables are a little tight.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I love the menu choices. Food is always fresh, hot and flavorful. Service is attentive without being intrusive. I recommend the sea bass or any pasta dish!

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O
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the beat meals I’ve had in months. I couldn’t recommend it more!

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and drinks!

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LH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect dinner for the 6 of us... Food and service were excellent! Will be back!

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L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was top notch and service was wonderful!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 1

Very loud. Food was pricey. Choice was not favorite meal I ever had there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is my favorite restaurant! Wonderful staff and amazing food.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very much enjoyed dinner. A little pricy but the pork dish was delicious.

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J
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, drinks and atmosphere! Highly recommend Assaggio.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience here. Food is consistently excellent, as is the service. The only (minor) knock is that, being a smaller restaurant, it becomes quite noisy and can be difficult to hear those sitting across from you. But this has little impact on one's overall enjoyment.

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

we frequent this restaurant and always enjoy our experience - Cocktails are perfect!
his wine list could be a bit more expensive-

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SA
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was great. Loud table next to us but that is not your fault. Service was a bit slow. We noted people coming in after us and left before we got our meals. All in all though, enjoyed the evening.

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LV
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing experience at Assaggio. The staff was fantastic, so friendly and attentive. Everything we ordered was wonderful, but the special sweet and spicy calamari was one of the best things we have ever eaten. The restaurant is small and intimate and we plan on definitely going back.

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite new restaurant, food was delicious and served very hot. Great menu, service was on point. We sat outside with a few bugs as the sun was setting but they quickly dissipated as soon as the sun went down.
Will definitely be returning!!

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KI
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dinner with friends. Great food and great service!!

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PL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

VERY disappointed in both the cocktails and food. Mixed drinks were not what was ordered. After two attempts the bartender got it right. Two of us ordered lobster ravioli. Both were served lukewarm. Pasta was so firm, it almost crunched. One person ordered filet mignon; it was tough! Other person ordered prosciutto wrapped scallops with broccoli rabe and roasted red peppers. He said it was “OK” but the broccoli rabe was barely cooked and he couldn’t eat it. Not one in our party of four ate more than 1/2 their meal. We all agreed there are much better restaurants in the area.

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C
Naples
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was delicious. The server came to our table and, knowing it was someone's birthday, said happy birthday and I thanked her. That was it... no drink, little piece of cake, a cookie...something. We were very surprised.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner was amazing and so was our server. I eoul highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mothers day

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Warm greeting!
Fantastic food!
Wonderful service!!

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CM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have to say it was perfect from beginning to end. Food, service, ambiance. They’ve changed the menu since the last tome I went and the changes are welcome. Everything was delicious! 10/10 It is a loud restaurant, for those who are sensitive. But it’s worth the noise level. One of the best restaurants in Branford

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P
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is one of our favorite Branford restaurants. The staff is always courteous and efficient and the food delicious and fairly priced. They always offer the “staples” mixed with specialty dishes and inventive specials-of-the- day. You never feel rushed and they let you linger (within reason!) for post dinner conversation.
My one note is that because it is so popular it can often get busy and a bit noisy, especially in the greenhouse section.
Highly recommended, and as the warm weather approaches outdoor seating is too.

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RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Birthday celebration. Arrived @6:30P.M. Ordered drinks @ 6:45. Received drinks @7:00. Ordered meals @ 7:00. Food did not arrive until waitress Mary was reminded about our order. She said the kitchen was backed up. @ approximately 1:45 min later our food arrived. Mainly four pasta dishes. Pasta under cooked and overly sauced. My son had pre ordered a birthday cake and Mary did not know
about it. She brought out one (1) piece of cake with a lit candle. There was three other people sitting at the table. At that point we requested the bill and left . ( While waiting for our meal two other tables got their food that arrived after us.)

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HC
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My date is from a seafood loving family in fact they owed they own seafood market at time. He ordered the Calamari and I was de. The calamari My date did not complim

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TT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience, excellent food and service. We look forward to coming back.

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WK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent
I will definitely return
Wonderful experience
We have been several times
Consistently great food and service

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JH
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience. Delicious food and outstanding service. I will return and will recommend the place to friends, in fact I already have! My only concern was the temperature of the dining area which seemed on the cooler side to me. It didn’t negatively impact our evening but thought it worth mentioning.

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GT
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There were 8 of us and we had an excellent time. Thank you to our server Mary who was wonderful. We love Assagio and can't wait to return!

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service dpot on

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great. The food was soooo good! We will be back, we loved everything including the atmosphere.

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AF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We try to come here at least every other month. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and the food is consistently amazing!

I recommend the beef carpaccio and vodka penne, my girlfriend normally gets the burrata and the orecchiette pasta.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was attentive from the very start. Everyone in our party enjoyed their dinner. The specials were delicious and beautiful. We chose Assagio specifically because we have been their previously and have had a great experience and it was important to us that our dinner be a good experience. Highly recommend.

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CT
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my girlfriend here for her 30th birthday. Everything was perfect, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Our waitress was Stephanie, she was incredible! She made it so special for us. I will definitely be back.

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AA
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Assaggio’s came highly recommended. The food was incredible. Assaagio’s did not disappoint.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My date and I had a beautiful experience. The restaurant was slow due to pending inclement weather, but they still took great care to not rush us out and our waitress, Stephanie, was very welcoming and personable. The food and desserts were delicious as always. A very romantic corner spot near the window with candlelight was perfect! Thanks so much!

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MD
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The restaurant never disappoints us. We had a larger party the waiter was great with food allergies and diet requests and the food was delicious as always. Our favorite restaurant to go to. The Chilean sea bass is the best choice on the menu no one compares to this restaurant with that on their menu.

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KI
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, delicious food.

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r
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice overall.

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