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“Really good……a must try !”

Basso Cafe Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #64 of 392 Restaurants in Norwalk
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: An exciting blend of Mediterranean fusion and world flavours has won Basso Cafe Restaurant & Bar in Norwalk praise from The New York Times. Irresistible homemade pasta creations and tender meat recipes sit alongside flavours of Latin America and the Orient, with a dessert list that is bursting with rich, decadent treats. The full Bar offers a great handpicked selections of wine as well as crafted cocktails and beer.
Connecticut
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68 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Really good……a must try !”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Went on a recent weekend night…..the servers were attentive, the menu is quite extensive, and the food is very good. The appetizers are fantastic. I would highly recommend that you get many appetizers and just a few entrees. The BYOB is a great feature also……enjoy !

Visited April 2014
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Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“good food, not impressed with service”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

My husband and I live in Norwalk and enjoy many restaurants within the area. Our first visit to Basso was when it had first opened. From what I can remember, we had a good meal but never returned. After an invitation from friends, we recently went back. The food was good, we ordered the scallops and chicken scarpiello. My scallops were a bit salty and the chicken scarpiello was flavorful, but not the best I've ever had. Mostly, I was not impressed with the service. I felt the waiters were unfriendly and impatient. The corking fee is understandable, it is $10 per bottle. Again, we eat out in the area often, so we have a lot to compare Basso with. I may go back, but I'm in no rush.

  • Visited April 2014
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Excellent Dining in Norwalk”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

We came for dinner here at the recommendation of friends, looking for a good BYOB spot and have found a new favorite! A $10 corkage fee when we brought 3 bottles of wine was reasonable, especially with the amazing menu choices, none of which disappointed. As a sardine lover I had to have the braised sardine appetizer - fantastic. Others in our group had grilled calamari and gnocchi starters, all excellent. My roast chicken cooked under a brick was delicious; other dishes of lobster risotto, eggplant Parmesan and seafood over linguine also raved about. One dessert for 4 to share- tres leches cake - one of best we have had. A true gem off the Merritt Parkway - we shall return.m

  • Visited April 2014
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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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“Took a chance on this BYOB and it was great!!”
Reviewed April 3, 2014

We were 75 miles from home and read about this place on line. Being a BYOB it really appealed to us. Great flavors and food choices. Tables and chairs are a bit tight however you quickly forget this when the food starts arriving. The steak entre was outstanding along with the asparagus soup. The desserts are all homemade and some of the BEST we have ever had.
MUST MAKE A RESERVATION since their obviously is a clientele that frequents this off the main drag cage.

  • Visited April 2014
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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“Our Favorite Spot”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

Sometimes in life we forget those who are closest to us, restaurants can suffer the same fate. Basso Cafe is a great neighborhood eatery. It is a BYOB establishment, not because it is lacking in sophistication, but because it is small and intimate.
Renato is a stickler for detail, a perfectionist with a passion for great things. We live just a mile away, eat here on a regular basis and have never been remotely disappointed. A delicate sea bass or a hearty pappardelle will be sure to please even the most sophisticated palates, and the light and fluffy tres leches or tiramisu are sure to delight for dessert. There are always creative specials as well as the regular menu. Basso's should not be missed for any occasion, no matter if you are close by or driving the distance. Always a special time.
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  • Visited February 2014
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