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Insieme Ristorante -- off the beaten path in Ridgefield

louuuuu | Dec 23, 200904:36 AM

My friend said to meet him in the parking lot of Talbots on Danbury Road -- otherwise I'd never find this Italian gem he'd been raving about, "But my Garmin".... no, he insisted meet him. He was right, I would never have found Insieme, a tiny grotto that looks like and once was a cellar -- tucked away in a maze of parking lots. The small space was packed, but Sal could not have been a more gracious host (guess it didn't hurt my friends were good customers). The food pretty much lived up to advance billing -- very tasty, and classically prepared. Don't expect spills and thrills.... this isn't highwire Italian, just good standard cooking.

After a K-1 Up and some tasty bread (brought in from the UES), I started with a wild mushroom ravioli annointed with truffle oil. Tasty, but rich. My duck accompanied by a wild rice risotto was done to perfection. The rice was el dente and nicely nutty. I sampled the paperdella with seafood -- which tasted as if it had just come from the warm waters off Sal's home on the Isle of Capri. (Oddly, now that I think of it, I don't remember a Caprese on the menu... but maybe when tomatoes and basil are in season )

Though the space is small, we didn't feel cramped. Althought It's nicely repainted, the decor and ambience are boring. However, the accoustics are good: other converations were muffled and our tabletalk felt private.

It being a school night, we didn't sample the desserts ... but the place is certainly worth a return visit. That is if I can find it again.

The prices were a bit dear ... this is Ridgefield, after all.

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