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Italian, American
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed December 23, 2021

We eat at Rossittos every week and every week I have a hard time deciding what to order. The food and service is always superb.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 20, 2021

Yesterday, we had a very special time with our children and grandchildren on the Essex Steam Train Polar Express. On the way home I asked my wife to see what restaurants may be available in Branford , Ct for dinner. Rossitto's Ristorante came up on...a search with very good reviews so I asked her to call and see if we could get a last minute reservation. They were great and we were able to get an 8:30 pm seating. I must say that the hospitality, service, and food were absolutely OUTSTANDING. At the end of the meal the Owner and Chef, Luciano Rossitto came to our table to talk to us. He is a amazing person and a class act. This restaurant is a true gem that we will recommend to everyone and we will definitely be going back there for dinner. Thank You.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 24, 2021 via mobile

I thought I was going out to dinner with friends, but I ended up in a tire store. I mistakenly ordered the seared tuna and found the dish in a first bite basically rubber. Perhaps the fish had been frozen and poor quality, but the...experience was repulsive. I did also have the crab cakes but there was not much crab and mostly cake. The place was jam packed, not a single person including servers was wearing a mask. All in all, when the rubber meets the road , make sure you steer clear of this dump.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 9, 2021

Wonderful ambience! We were greeted by Chef-Owner Luciano who is very friendly, personable and gave us a very good introduction to Rossitto's. Cristina, our waitress was very friendly and attentive. Excellent warm bread! Food was beautifully presented and delicious. My only suggestion is that next...time I would like my Capuccino hotter. This was our first time and I can't wait to come back.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 1, 2021

Every dish on the menu as well as the specials are superb. I find something wonderful to eat evertime I eat there, which is once a week.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed October 3, 2020

If you love lasagna, order this! Like Mom used to make! Enjoyed a late night dinner with hubby a few weeks ago and had the fig & prosciutto with goat cheese flatbread and the seared tuna over mango ginger rice and drinks - totally romantic...evening! The staff and owners are great! Once covid is over, sit at the bar and chat with the other diners! You will have a great evening!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 1, 2020

This is our favorite restaurant on the shoreline. The food is divine, real Italian, always fresh and interesting. The artichoke heart appetizer is not to be missed, all fish dishes are stellar, chicken picatta, pasta with eggplant, equally well done. A good salad comes with...the entree. Vegetarians can find something delicious. The atmosphere is cozy, nothing fancy but very comfortable, and the service is prompt, wine pours are not stingy. I just made a reservation for tonight. You can dine in or out. Don't miss this treasure - it's easy to find. (Oh yes, I forgot the ricotta-pistachio cake. Worth the trip!)More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 20, 2020

We dined in the covered "terrace" on a cool night recently. The food was very good and the service was friendly. My husband enjoyed lasagna, while our guest said, "Mmmm..." when he tasted his veal marsala. I enjoyed a roasted eggplant tower for an appetizer,...followed by a fig and prosciutto flatbread pizza with a balsamic glaze. It was just crispy enough and not too sweet - delicious! As a nice touch, the chef/owner stopped by the tables to thank us for our patronage. Upon returning home, I realized I was missing one of the earrings that I had worn that night for the first time. I called the restaurant and one of the staff was kind enough to look for it, find it and set it aside for me. Made my day!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 12, 2020

We have eaten here many times over the past year, and the food is always melt-in-your mouth delicious! We highly recommend it. Everything is wonderful but especially the owners, kitchen staff and the wait staff. You couldn't ask for a more welcoming place to have...a great meal.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 5, 2020 via mobile

Kitchen took 45 minutes after appetizer and salad to get the entree out. Service was great-thank you Marian. Tables all around us served ahead although they ordered after us. Owner’s wife tried to through server under the bus by saying she held the order. Not...true!!!! Owner’s attitude will convince us NOT to go again. If you are friends of the owner you will be taken care of. BAD FEELINGSMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed February 21, 2020 via mobile

This is not real Italian food! This was probably the worst meal I’ve ever had. Service was slow. Salad was a a few pieces of lettuce with a tomato and the olives were gross. Bread was not fresh and they gave us fake olive oil...that was like Wesson oil. Our waitresses thumb was imprinted in our Parmesan cheese and meals (gross!). Portions were ridiculously small, so small that my husband and I had to drop more money at another restaurant down the street to get a real meal. Then they charged us $15 each for a Vodka soda water and soda. I will never set foot in this place again and don’t recommend anyone else does either. The absolute worst! If you want REAL Italian food go to Strega. This place is a joke!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 8, 2019 via mobile

Loved the food, really delicious and fresh! Will be going there again soon!homemade goodness! Got to try it.

Date of visit: November 2019
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ChefRossitto, Owner at Rossitto's Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2019

Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed Rossitto's and we look forward to seeing you again soon. - Chef Luciano

Reviewed August 18, 2019 via mobile

We decided to dine at Rossitto's restaurant because they offer Vegan Penne ala Vodka. It is refreshing to dine with family and friends and not have to worry about what to eat. I am happy that Salad isn't my only option here. My husband ordered...Penne ala Vodka also but made with real cream. We both were happy with our dinners which came with a side salad, bread with dipping oils and a tasty bowl of olives. The waitstaff was attentive and knowledgeable about the wine selections. We definitely will be back.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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ChefRossitto, Owner at Rossitto's Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write us such a nice review! We hope to see you again soon! - Chef Luciano

Reviewed August 15, 2019 via mobile

We LOVE Rossitto’s! This is real Italian cuisine — subtle and complex flavors, interesting and careful preparations, and genuinely warm hospitality. Incredible value. Our favorite spot on the whole Connecticut shoreline — summer on the patio, or winter in the cosy dining room. Don’t miss...it!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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ChefRossitto, Owner at Rossitto's Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2019

We love happy hour too! ;) We're honored to be one of your fav spot in CT. Thank you for your review — we hope to see you again soon! - Chef Luciano

Reviewed June 2, 2019 via mobile

Headed down to Branford for a day trip and started by looking for a place to eat. This is a cozy, authentic Italian restaurant with a good selection of appetizers, entrees, paninis and salads. There is an extensive wine list as well. My eggplant parmigiana...was the best I have ever had. It was hand cut and prepared...not the usual version that are bought breaded and frozen. It was outstanding! All 3 of us loved our entrees, wine and desserts.😋 did I forget that shortly after being seated that a basket of warm bread and a bean salad also made its way to our table? The waitress was delightful and the chef also took a moment to come out and check on our meal! Superb dining all around!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Rossitto's Ristorante is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5