Tazza Osteria & Bar
This new must-try hot spot celebrates its grand opening
Photograph: Neil Landino
An osteria is a place where friends gather to share fresh simple food and wine. This lively new restaurant will not disappoint with its clean, sleek modern décor’ and fresh crisp menu. Pull up a stool at the 38 foot long white granite bar or enjoy indoor/outdoor dining in this chic state of the art eatery.
Three longtime friends, Lenny Manchisi, Roberto Furnari and Roberto Marini, each from a different region in Italy, partnered in this highly anticipated venture. “We were going for a trendy place for people of all ages with creative Italian food,” continued partner Manchisi.
“I’ve been in the business since I was a little boy, took a break for a while, and then a few years ago, we decided we wanted to open up a place. We wanted to be in Fairfield on the Post Road and on January 8, 2014 we made a deal.”
“Our main goal was to be different and I think we are – between our menu and our atmosphere here, I think we’re different than any other place around.”
“Tazza is a welcome addition to a growing number of quality restaurants in Fairfield,” said guest Michael Meehan, Esq. “The restaurant has a refined atmosphere and will certainly be another great spot to go to.”
Menu: Fresh daily foods and desserts are created on premise by professional chefs. “Everything we have is fresh. Some recipes are our own traditional from our families in Italy and some are our unusual dishes like grilled octopus, parpadelle salsiccia, and Panini sandwiches.”
Fresh Ricotta Crostini - crostini topped with fresh ricotta cheese, almonds and drizzled with honey
Grilled Octopus - served with avocado puree and lemon oil
Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Fajitas - grilled sausage, broccoli rabe served with sweet peppers, hot peppers, caramelized onions and rosemary flat bread “Very popular and sizzling when it comes out.”
(Choose from seven specialty salads served in both lunch and dinner size)
Fano Salad - roasted beets, mixed greens, walnuts, topped with fresh ricotta
Tritato salad - chopped salad with wood-fired chicken, pancetta, red onion, avocado, and crumbled gorgonzola cheese
Bistro Salad - grilled hangar steak, asparagus, grilled croutons, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and balsamic vinegrette
(Choose from seven, also served in lunch or dinner size)
Chicken Parmigianino - breaded chicken cutlet, tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil
Salsiccia - grilled sausage, broccoli rabe and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Italian Beef Burger – chopped beef, peppers, caramelized onions, provolone cheese, horseradish spread
Photograph: Neil Landino
(Choose from thirteen – including the kid loving ‘Tradizionale’)
Margherita, Puglia, Bianca, Picante, Brussel Sprout, Zio Vito, Vendura, Arugula & Parma, Patate
Caesar – chopped romaine, fire roasted chicken, house made croutons, Caesar dressing and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Rio – calamari, clams, shrimp, fresh garlic, mozzarella, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil
Pasta and Polenta:
(Choose from seven)
Linguine Vongole – clams, saffron with pancetta white wine sauce
Spaghetti Polpette – meatballs, tomato sauce, fresh ricotta and basil
(Choose from six)
Grilled Salmon – apple gorgonzola risotto and fresh horseradish
Pollo Al Fuoco with fire roasted chicken, Bistecca Fiorentina with grilled hangar steak
Cuore Di Mare ‘Heart of the Sea’ – clams, mussels, calamari, octopus, shrimp, fregola, fresh tomato, fresh basil in a white wine brodetto
Maria’s Tiramisu, 50 Shades of Grey (I’m not telling), Gelato Sliders, Panna Cotta, Crema Caramel
Tazza Di Caffe, daily menu specials, a full bar with signature cocktails and happy hour Monday – Friday 4-7pm.
Specialty cocktails include:
Tazzmopolitan - Absolut citron vodka, white cranberry juice, Cointreau, garnished with an edible orchid
Vini - Bianco, Rosso, Classic Italian: available by the bottle or by the glass
Tazza is proud to offer a variety of unique imported wines from Stemmari Vineyards, a certified sustainable winegrower, of Sicily. Stemmari’s winegrowing and winemaking practices are sensitive to the conservation of the environment, responsive to the needs and interests of the society-at-large and are economically feasible to implement and maintain.
“We want to cater to everybody and stay long enough to see everybody’s kids grow up. We’re very family oriented,” continued Manchisi.
“Tazza’s a wonderful place, a great transformation from what it was (formerly Apizza Center) to a magnificent restaurant. I’m hoping people will come here and enjoy the fine quality food and drink,” said Thomas Conley, Fairfield’s Chief Building Official.
Interior photograph: Kendra Wingate
116 Post Road, 203.292.8810