Assaggio

Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.star-threequarterCreated with Sketch.
4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
151 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Located opposite the historic Branford green, Assaggio has been at the heart of the shoreline community since opening its doors nearly two decades ago. Assaggio is set apart by its modern interpretation of Italian cuisine, which focuses on locally sourced ingredients prepared in traditional Italian methods, as well as nightly additions to the menu that change with the seasons. Assaggio offers a progressive cocktail menu and eclectic wine pairings that focus on boutique labels as well as organic and biodynamic wine making. Assaggio’s commitment to service will always be paramount. Guests regularly find owner Ryan Durant greeting customers at the door accompanied by knowledgeable, attentive, and charismatic staff. Whether guests choose Assaggio’s intimate dinning room or quaint garden patio; Assaggio is the perfect atmosphere for a memorable evening.
What 151 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
TG
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great experience at Assaggio on Thursday night. The restaurant had a great atmosphere perfect for a date night. There was a choice of either inside or outside dining. The staff were great and friendly. Everything from the drinks, the bread, salad, and filet were delicious. Highly recommended and will definitely go back!

DG
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Food was good. Wasn’t thrilled will our table location. Excellent Service.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The good and service was excellent. I had not been there for many years as I had not been living in Ct and it was as excellent as I remembered.

JR
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Good service. Server did not nor could recommend a beverage as a substitute for a beer they did not have. The food was very good. They seemed to be having A/C issues. Overall would go back.

JG
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent, food was outstanding. We had a great time, enjoyed ourselves. Withoutquestion, we would recommend Assaggio.

KI
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food & drink. Outstanding service!!!

DJ
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We were very disappointed with our meal and experience. Our reservation was at 7 pm and our food was brought to our table at 8:40 pm. The quality of each meal was mediocre. The wait staff was very personable and did bring us a complementary dessert for us to share.

BG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was our second visit to Assaggio, and it was consistent with our 1st experience. Food was outstanding; drinks were creative and outstanding; service outstanding. It can get a bit noisy if the restaurant becomes full -- and it does! -- so eating at off-times is recommended if you want to be able to carry on conversation with ease. Outside dining available; but restaurant is on the corner of 2 intersecting streets; so outside seating is along a busy street. Would very highly recommend. Only thing that could make the experience better would be a groupon to moderate the price a tad...!

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is always consistent. Never a bad meal or experience. It's our go to place when we dont want to be disappointed.

C
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing. Ariel was amazing. Food amazing. Definitely gonna come again. Thank you again Ryan for the birthday/anniversary dessert.

TA
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I Have been to Assaggio plenty of times. The food is delicious. Our waiter was Peter and he was fantastic. He let us take out time in ordering. The service was right on the mark. We will be back

CF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I went to Assagio for our anniversary. As we had an early reservation, we were the first ones there. We we warmly greeted by the a male and female upon walking in who were very friendly.

Once we sat down, we were greeted by Allysa who was fantastic. She was very welcoming and energetic about everything on the menu. We proceeded to order a drink and then start with the NY Style Calamari. The Calamari was fantastic.

After the Calamari, my wife and I both ordered a Caesar salad. Salad was your typical salad but needed more dressing. The dressing they use is very light and it seemed to be barely on it.

We proceeded to order entrees. I ordered the Lobster Ravioli and my wife ordered the Orecchiette with lobster meat, portabella mushrooms, spinach, & cream sauce. She really liked hers and I thought mine was good but not great. The problem I had with my ravioli's is that there is way more crab than there is lobster. After cutting each of the 4 ravioli's, I could barely find much lobster. There were no chunks of lobster meat or much lobster at all. My wife even took a bite and asked if they made the wrong dish because all it tasted like was crab.

After dinner, Allyssa went above and beyond and brought us a Tiramisu for our anniversary.

Overall, the restaurant is good and the service was fantastic. It can be a difficult location to find if you're not familiar with the area.

z
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Servers did the best they could. Was clearly understaffed.

C
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our server was wonderful. Attentive and willing to meet our needs regarding the menu. The food was excellent. It was well prepared and plated in in a delicious manner. The atrium is somewhat loud and the tables are a little tight.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I love the menu choices. Food is always fresh, hot and flavorful. Service is attentive without being intrusive. I recommend the sea bass or any pasta dish!

O
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the beat meals I’ve had in months. I couldn’t recommend it more!

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and drinks!

LH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect dinner for the 6 of us... Food and service were excellent! Will be back!

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was top notch and service was wonderful!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 1

Very loud. Food was pricey. Choice was not favorite meal I ever had there.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is my favorite restaurant! Wonderful staff and amazing food.

JA
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very much enjoyed dinner. A little pricy but the pork dish was delicious.

J
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, drinks and atmosphere! Highly recommend Assaggio.

JR
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience here. Food is consistently excellent, as is the service. The only (minor) knock is that, being a smaller restaurant, it becomes quite noisy and can be difficult to hear those sitting across from you. But this has little impact on one's overall enjoyment.

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

we frequent this restaurant and always enjoy our experience - Cocktails are perfect!
his wine list could be a bit more expensive-

SA
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was great. Loud table next to us but that is not your fault. Service was a bit slow. We noted people coming in after us and left before we got our meals. All in all though, enjoyed the evening.

LV
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing experience at Assaggio. The staff was fantastic, so friendly and attentive. Everything we ordered was wonderful, but the special sweet and spicy calamari was one of the best things we have ever eaten. The restaurant is small and intimate and we plan on definitely going back.

AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite new restaurant, food was delicious and served very hot. Great menu, service was on point. We sat outside with a few bugs as the sun was setting but they quickly dissipated as soon as the sun went down.
Will definitely be returning!!

KI
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dinner with friends. Great food and great service!!

PL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

VERY disappointed in both the cocktails and food. Mixed drinks were not what was ordered. After two attempts the bartender got it right. Two of us ordered lobster ravioli. Both were served lukewarm. Pasta was so firm, it almost crunched. One person ordered filet mignon; it was tough! Other person ordered prosciutto wrapped scallops with broccoli rabe and roasted red peppers. He said it was “OK” but the broccoli rabe was barely cooked and he couldn’t eat it. Not one in our party of four ate more than 1/2 their meal. We all agreed there are much better restaurants in the area.

C
Naples
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was delicious. The server came to our table and, knowing it was someone's birthday, said happy birthday and I thanked her. That was it... no drink, little piece of cake, a cookie...something. We were very surprised.

MG
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner was amazing and so was our server. I eoul highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mothers day

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Warm greeting!
Fantastic food!
Wonderful service!!

CM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have to say it was perfect from beginning to end. Food, service, ambiance. They’ve changed the menu since the last tome I went and the changes are welcome. Everything was delicious! 10/10 It is a loud restaurant, for those who are sensitive. But it’s worth the noise level. One of the best restaurants in Branford

P
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is one of our favorite Branford restaurants. The staff is always courteous and efficient and the food delicious and fairly priced. They always offer the “staples” mixed with specialty dishes and inventive specials-of-the- day. You never feel rushed and they let you linger (within reason!) for post dinner conversation.
My one note is that because it is so popular it can often get busy and a bit noisy, especially in the greenhouse section.
Highly recommended, and as the warm weather approaches outdoor seating is too.

RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Birthday celebration. Arrived @6:30P.M. Ordered drinks @ 6:45. Received drinks @7:00. Ordered meals @ 7:00. Food did not arrive until waitress Mary was reminded about our order. She said the kitchen was backed up. @ approximately 1:45 min later our food arrived. Mainly four pasta dishes. Pasta under cooked and overly sauced. My son had pre ordered a birthday cake and Mary did not know
about it. She brought out one (1) piece of cake with a lit candle. There was three other people sitting at the table. At that point we requested the bill and left . ( While waiting for our meal two other tables got their food that arrived after us.)

HC
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My date is from a seafood loving family in fact they owed they own seafood market at time. He ordered the Calamari and I was de. The calamari My date did not complim

TT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience, excellent food and service. We look forward to coming back.

WK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent
I will definitely return
Wonderful experience
We have been several times
Consistently great food and service

1
2
3
4