I'm looking for some help picking out a restaurant for a retirement dinner for my MIL. It will be for 6 people and I can't find a place that seems "just right."
Food-wise I like The Cottage in Plainville but their chardonnay selection is boo-hoo (only 2 choices and neither sounds too great although I was assured by the man who answered the phone their that one is "award-winning") and my MIL is an avid chard drinker - in fact that is all she drinks and the meal will be 1/2 a disappointment if her wine is subpar.
That being said, I'd like somewhere kind of quiet -- we're not looking to shout at one another or listen to the bar crowd; a place with impeccable service, a good wine list, great food, some ambience and definitely not pretentious. I know I'm asking a lot but lately I've just had a hard time meeting this criteria in CT!
Other options I've entertained: Good News Cafe (great food but the time we finally got to treat the in-laws there, we had a terrible - possibly new?- server); Barcelona (too loud and trendy and the private loft area needs more than 6 ppl); Diorio (probably my 1st choice at the moment although it's already been used for a special occasion by us).
I appreciate any suggestions. I know I need a restaurant for this event, but honestly I'd be happy to check out any good restaurants in CT for future dinners as well!