Stamford Restaurateurs John and Morgan Nealonare the owners of the new Italian restaurant called Cugine’s Italian, located in Stamford's Harbor Point community at 121 Towne Street. The new upscale, well-plated Italian cuisine restaurant, featuring 80-seats space of fine dining in a sophisticated and elegant environment. An extremely relaxing and inviting color scheme of dark green and gold, plus antique crystal chandeliers, and dimmed mood lighting.
The entrance to the new Cugine’s Italian in Stamford is nondescript and isn’t marked by an obvious sign. Instead, guests walk into a dark entryway to find a welcoming vibrant and detailed floral mural, and shelves filled with vases of artificial flowers. Cugine's Italian is definitely not another laid-back pizzeria, more so an entirely new Italian dining experience. A truly sophisticated restaurant that will take guests a step back in time to the era of Frank Sinatra, a dining and bar experience like no other in the area.
The food menu is a true reflection of Chef Rick O’Connor experience, featuring local farm fresh ingredients compliment the upscale Italian cuisine, house-made pastas, and fresh seafood. The cocktail offerings pay homage to classic drink recipes, along with a full robust wine list offering bottles or wines by the glass.
Menu picks for appetizers the meatballs, steamed clams with Calabrian chili butter, and crostini with whipped ricotta and roasted grapes. Highly recommend the tuna foie with shaved frozen foie and torched pickled strawberry. The shareable vegetable zucchini dish with shaved raw and grilled with mint salsa verde, Brussels honey and mixed mushrooms was absolutely delicious. The fresh housemade pastas spaghetti boia and ricotta cavatelli pesto. For dessert the tiramis and pistachio cannoli.
At the bar cheers to the Savoy (bourbon, amaro, maraschino liquor, and orange). The Martini Rainbow Room (vodka or gin, sherry, honey, salt).
Reservations can be made on the open table website or by calling 203.276.9266 and walk-ins are always welcome. Cugine’s Italian is open Thursday 4pm-11pm, Friday 4pm-11pm, Saturday 11am-11:30pm, Sunday 11am-8pm.