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“Nostalgic Italian Connection” 4 of 5 stars
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The Italian Connection
2725 Taylor St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802
260-432-9702
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Ranked #173 of 540 Restaurants in Fort Wayne
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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“Nostalgic Italian Connection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

Let's step back in time somewhere between the 50's and 70's, when dinner houses ruled. The restaurant is small, therefore it's best to made reservations. Like the dinner houses of old, it's dark, not smoky, low hum from patrons talking, and loaded with the theme except somewhat over done. We were seated in the back room, little did we know that entertainment would follow within an hour of our seating. Honestly the best part of our evening was the waitress, she arrived perky ready to take initial beverage orders with a wonderful smile. Upon returning she almost immediately spilled two glasses of water and broke two wine glasses, all done with grace, humor, and not flustered. When she arrived for our dinner order, it appeared she had become slightly more flustered, but continued to have that smile. The salad - if you enjoy cold iceberg lettuce cut into bite size pieces with a fair dressing you'll love it. The entrees - the angel hair pasta with marinara sauce was described as missing the fennel, minus spices and overall fair. The linguine with clams was sort of bland, perhaps needing something. The seafood ravioli was tasty, perhaps a little more spices and a thicker sauce. To top off our evening was the owner and chef who did what appeared to be a karaoke melody of songs from the 50s to 70's, accompanied by strobe lights. He encouraged patrons to get up and dance, three couples abilged - did I say the dance floor was an empty spot in the dining area around our table. Rated very good because of our waitress, food actually ranged fair to average. Some people love the place, others don't. Friends have said that over the years they have seen a decline in the food preparation, but we don't know the different - therefore you might want to give it a try and judge for yourself.

Visited September 2013
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English first
2 reviews
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“The best ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Everything wonderful! Nice to find little Italy! Thanks for eveything! Food, service, and chef singing! Priceless!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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“The food is always wonderful and service is great. You will not find better Italian meals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

The food and the atmosphere are wonderful. All the pastas are made fresh at the restaurant and it doesn't get any better. If dining with only two, ask to sit in the alcove by the kitchen...you feel like you are the only diners....really nice. Be sure to call for reservations.

Visited January 2013
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“Little Italy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

What a fun little gem. Delicious Italian food in Ft. Wayne. We were really surprised. Large servings & vino. Felt like the old neighborhood.

Visited February 2013
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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“Good, food, good atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The building is small, and makes you unsure of your decision when you are on the outside. However, once you are past the front doors, the small place is rather nice, well decorated and inviting. The food is good and filling. It is not amazing, but the restaurant manages to provide a satisfying Italian dinner at a reasonable price. However, what makes this restaurant a standout, though, is the chef who comes out of the kitchen to entertain his guests with karaoke on certain nights. If you are there on the right night, it can be a very memorable experience.

Visited June 2012
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