Discover Restaurants offering the best Italian food in Bristol, Connecticut, United States. Bristol is a suburban city located in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States, 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Hartford. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 60,477. Bristol is best known as the home of ESPN, whose central studios are in the city. Bristol is also home to Lake Compounce, America's oldest continuously operating theme park. Bristol was known as a clock-making city in the 19th century, and is home to the American Clock & Watch Museum. Bristol's nicknames include the "Bell City", because of a history manufacturing innovative spring-driven doorbells, and the "Mum City", because it was once a leader in chrysanthemum production and still holds an annual Bristol Mum Festival. In 2010, Bristol was ranked 84th on Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live". In 2013, Hartford Magazine ranked Bristol as Greater Hartford's top municipality in the "Best Bang for the Buck" category.
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4 based on 174 reviews
Pagliacci's is an American Italian restaurant that has been in existence for a good numbers of years. It survives because it provides a very enjoyable dining experience with very good food. I chose the Salmon Olivia (we have a daughter with that name) and it consisted of a very generous piece of salmon which was beautifully cooked (cooked through but still moist) along with red peppers, olives and steamed vegetables. Just what I had hoped it would be. Very large portions. Delicious bread accompanies the meal. Good strong coffee. No room for dessert and glad we did not have an appetizer. Pleasant, attentive wait staff. A restaurant that allows for good conversation too.
I try to go there at least every month. Just across from the ESPN complex, this quant and colorful diner has the most flavorful assortment of dishes. The owners are really personable, and the bar area is very quiet and discrete. Give it a try, you wont be disappointed.
4 based on 11 reviews
As a person who doesn't usually like pizza I found their pizza to be much better than most. It was delicious. The service was good for our party of 9 people.
4 based on 449 reviews
Cava has established itself as a taste of luxury. An experience of Old world charm and romance, both in its decor and cuisine. Its upscale fine dining experience caters to those looking for an evening out, a special occasion, or private events. The cuisin
Arrived with a reservation and were immediately seated on the rooftop. Beautiful setting for a summer night. Greeting and timely suggestions by our server and then perfectly timed water, drinks, bread, appetizers, main courses were delivered. Our table enjoyed, lobster ravioli, steak, chicken parm, and scallops for main courses.
4 based on 34 reviews
This is a great place for a pizza, a salad or other Italian favorites. The salads are done in a create-you-own style, where you select the lettuce, the protein, a cheese and several other ingredients. Just top notch. Pizza from their wood fired oven is just what pizza should be flavorful, crisp and loaded with fresh ingredients. The place is nicely decorated and cozy. Waitstaff could not be any friendlier and know the menu well. Parking is tight but there is a lot in the back, which makes it easier. A must go restaurant for pizza lovers.
Tried their pizza and their calzone and they were very, very good. Medium thickens crust on the pizza was very crispy and the sauce and toppings were perfect. Not greasy at all. The calzone had the right proportion of filling to bread and had ricotta that did not make the bottom of the calzone soggy (hard to do). Came with a very nice marinara sauce. Our go to for Pizza now. Super friendly staff too.
5 based on 17 reviews
Best pizza in CT! Grew up with this pizza and it is amazing. Cute restaurant too. Love square cut pizza - you can avoid crusts!
5 based on 18 reviews
I used to go the one in Thomaston, but since I moved to Bristol I wa shappy to see one so close. I have gotten delivery which wasn't to bad considering it was a sunday night & we ordered 2 entrees & a calzone. their sauce is really good. I wouldn't recommend the calamari for take out as it becomes soggy even with a short travel. the chicken marasala is delish! HUGE portion and I have enough for dinner & lunch the next day. the antipasto salad is also good & hearty. would recommend for entrees, not a huge fan of the pizza though.
4 based on 33 reviews
During a soccer tournament this weekend we had less than 2 hours between games so we decided to order pizza for the girls. We ordered 2 party pizzas and salad. I thought we ordered too much but everything went. Everyone loved the pizza. Will definitely keep this in mind if we are in the area again. Just a note you need to order the party pizza gthe day before - worth it!!
4 based on 47 reviews
My family has been going to Max Pizza for over 40 years! From high school age to retirement age. At first we went to the one at the Forestville end of Stafford Avenue, now to Max III at the Burlington end. We have enjoyed their food 99% of the time. Has there been times that the food was sub-par? Of course! But everyone has an off day, for the most part the food has been very good. I see they have added another new location, making 6 total. Congratulation to the whole Max family! They must be doing something right to be able to expand their business so much. To those complaining, I say give them another chance.
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