We rarely dine in Stamford, Conn., but a drive to Columbus Park was well worth it this past weekend.
Even though the place is tiny and was crowded, someone greeted us and took our coats as soon as we came in. We began with a drink while awaiting friends - were served well by a skilled and sociable bartender. In fact, the service throughout was excellent. The waiters were knowledgeable about the menu and recommended some perfect (and not expensive) wine pairings.
Starter salads (a frisee with champagne dressing and a tricolore) were crisp and well-presented. For entrees, the osso bucco was heavenly (especially the marrow) and served with a creamy risotto. The grilled trout was light but very flavorful of grilling over a wood fire, with a nice onion confit and potatoes.
For dessert, we shared chocolate and hazelnut gelatos. Both were top-notch. Our only complaint is that the restaurant was out of one of the premium cognacs on the menu. And I could have done without the waiter's casual phrases in Italian (maybe because I actually speak Italian).
Altogether the place gets an A+ from us.