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“Altogether Lovely!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Madonia Restaurant & Bar

Madonia Restaurant & Bar
1297 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06903
203-322-8870
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Ranked #82 of 403 Restaurants in Stamford
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Darfur, Sudan via Charlotte, NC, USA
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Altogether Lovely!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Dining at Madonia was one of the best eating experiences I've had in a really long time. It reminded me of the times when my Mom served us from meals from plates with smiley faces to encourage us to eat everything to get to the "happy face"! This was one of the first times in recent recollection that I actually got to the happy face!
The ambience is lovely. Just enough wood, just enough white. Simple, but elegant. The service was perfect; the server was attentive, knowledgeable and helpful without being intrusive or pushy. The menu was again simple, but elegant. Not so many choices that you feel as in a diner, but enough choices that you don't feel that you're being forced to order something because what you'd really like isn't there. Fish, seafood, meat, poultry, pork - it's all there. And everything is wonderfully prepared and presented. I had the rigatoni pasta with shrimp. It was green - but a light and lively green, not a pesto green. The green was the spinach. Surprise! Try THIS one on your kids, they'll never guess they're eating spinach! My colleague had the light pink rose-wine tinted penne. Was our table every adorable! He also finished every bite, so I didn't get to taste it, but I'm guessing it was great! Oh, and the obviously freshly made bread selection was great; I especially enjoyed the olive-infused bread (not olive oil, actual olives!), and it was served with a lovely white bean "dip" which should be placed on the menu - it's that good.
I had the simple affogato (coffee and ice cream) for desert. I really couldn't have eaten a larger one since I'd demolished my entrée. It was simple, and yes, elegant. The gelato is really great, and just different enough from ice cream to not really be ice cream.
Overall, I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant experience. Great good, great atmosphere, great service. Highly recommended.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Litchfield, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A really good dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I recently returned to Madonia for a mid-week dinner, and I was very impressed with the meal. They offer a nice prix-fixe menu, which is a very good value, in addition to their full menu of Italian fare. The food was uniformly delicious. Service was very friendly. The ambience is pleasant and comfortable -- nice enough for a special occasion, but not too stiff or formal. (The dining room can get a bit loud when full of diners.) This place is definitely a notch above your standard neighborhood Italian restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Connecticut
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant in No. Stamford off the Merritt”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is a welcome addition to North Stamford. Very close to the Merritt parkway (Exit 34-go North a mile) if you are traveling through and looking for a good meal. Nice atmosphere and good food. We've gone many times and think the food and atmosphere has gotten better as the restaurant matures. Service is generally very friendly.

They have outdoor seating at the back of the restaurant, and have turned a portion of a former parking lot to a nice area. Only complaint is it can be a bit noisy sitting near the bar on a busy night. On weekends they have valet parking.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nice spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Tried it tonight for the first time. I was tired of eating at the same places and this was a pleasant surprise. The service was outstanding and the food very good. I had the halibut special and my wife really enjoyed her lobster ravioli. They also have a kids menu which is always appreciated. We will go back again. The private room in the wine cellar looks like a great place to have a group dinner.

Visited July 2013
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Stamford, Connecticut
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Wonderful dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Madonia is a wonderful restaurant. The food is interesting and well prepared. The staff is friendly and capable. The setting is comfortable. The outdoor seating is the best in Stamford.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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