Most Popular Italian food in Derby, Connecticut, United States

October 6, 2019 Harland Bartelt

Find out what Italian restaurants to try in Derby. Derby is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 12,903 at the 2010 census. It is the smallest consolidated city of Connecticut by area and population.
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10. Twisted Vine

285 Main St, Derby, CT 06418-1938 Italian, American Dinner, Lunch Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +1 203-734-2462 http://twistedvinerestaurant.com
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4 based on 44 reviews

Twisted Vine

Reviewed By StreetPretzel

Restaurant is in a renovated old-time back, with many original touches. Food was solid and the service was attentive.

9. Tipsy Tomato Bar And Restaurant

656 New Haven Ave, Derby, CT 06418-2528 Italian, Pizza Dinner, Lunch Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 203-732-7931 https://www.tipsytomatopizzeria.com/
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4 based on 14 reviews

Reviewed By John H

The former site of the River Restaurant made it hard for us to stop and try the new business there, The moment we stepped inside, the flood of memories came back. The floor plan is similar, except the booths are gone. The bars has been moved opposite from it's previous location. Once you got over the changes, you realize this is a great place to enjoy some drinks, and dine on some great food. Jay was our server and made you feel right at home. Wife had chicken parmesan, and I had chicken marsala. The portions are much more than generous, so expect to take much of it home. Both dishes were excellent and we can't wait to go back and try some other selections. We definitely will return.......and soon. Feels like home again!

8. Pasta Fina

609 Howe Ave, Shelton, CT 06484-2329 Italian +1 203-922-0041 http://pastafinashelton.bowlpage.website

Reviewed By 260deanem

Want fresh pasta? This is the place to go. Many different types of pasta and sauces. I had the pumpkin ravioli which were light and delicious. The price is right too.

7. Antonio's Pizza

151 Center St, Shelton, CT 06484-3243 Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 203-924-0329 http://www.antoniospizzasheltonct.com/
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4 based on 19 reviews

Reviewed By CatherineM643

This place is tuck away a bit so I didn't notice it at first but it is a local gem! Had a great pie! Will be back!

6. Mattei's Deli And Catering

418 Roosevelt Drive, Derby, CT 06418 Italian Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast Wheelchair Accessible [email protected] +1 203-735-7997 http://matteideliandcatering.com
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4 based on 19 reviews

Mattei's Deli And Catering

Count on Mattei's Deli & Catering to provide you with some delicious food. We are family-owned and operated, serving consistently great food for over 35 years.Mattei's Deli & Catering is the place for fresh food that will satisfy the whole family. Whether

Reviewed By Jimmytherug

Mattei’s small place on Rt 34 It’s not a sit down restaurant everything is takeout, That being said, They make wonderful grinders and my favorite is eggplant Parmesan, Absolutely the best in the valley hands down, I one time ordered a tray of lasagna and was disappointed it was too oily. Other than that I still go for lunch and enjoy the sandwiches,

5. Caloroso Eatery & Bar

100 Center St, Shelton, CT 06484-3281 Italian, Bar, Pizza Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +1 203-924-2220 http://www.calorososhelton.com/
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4 based on 83 reviews

Reviewed By DrLiz

We had been traveling in heavy traffic, and googled for eats off the highway—Italian sounded great, so we were lead here.Overall, it seemed like a quaint area go-to place, a little like a well-kept local secret. The ample parking lot lead to the main entrance which had seating outside if we wished. Once inside, the main room ahead had a large bar with seats surrounding. We were warmly welcomed and led to the dining room in back. As advertised, the cuisine was Italian with starters, soups, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta dishes and more ample meat entrees — overall, the variety was decent with a varied selection to choose from. Not terribly familiar with the area, I would say that the prices seemed a little high on the pasta dishes and the larger/main entrées – – they did come with a small side salad however the pastas ranged $15-$17 for an average sized plate. The steak or larger meat dishes ranged from $25-$30 a plate, which again seemed a little high for what would appear to be a very casual neighborhood place.We started with cheesy garlic bread which was very tasty. The mains followed; I chose the pesto pasta (I picked linguine)With grilled chicken – – unfortunately, the basil was a little bitter and the chicken without flavor. I recognized the fact that it was obviously homemade, however the taste just didn’t do it for me. My daughter had the penne alla vodka which was acceptable, a little too heavy on the tomato versus the cream but she ate it. My son ate almost all of his penne carbonara – – he had asked for no peas or onions, which obviously would have tainted the dish, however these were added despite his request. He easily picked them out and enjoyed what was left.Our waitress Tracy deserves special mention—She was extremely friendly and helpful, brought the dishes out with the smile and genuinely seem disappointed that I hadn’t enjoyed my meal. She first offered something else in its stead, however I didn’t really need anything else at that point. When she presented the bill, she pointed out that she had removed the charge for my dish and was sincerely apologetic. The place was busy with lots of parties celebrating occasions, so perhaps they were just a little off. I’d give it another try just for it’s relaxing air and it’s friendly vibe

4. IL Palio Restaurant

5 Corporate Dr, Shelton, CT 06484-6237 Italian Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Highchairs +1 203-944-0770 http://ilpalioct.com/
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4 based on 279 reviews

IL Palio Restaurant

Housed in a magnificent building, this luxe Northern Italian restaurant makes you feel thousands of miles from the Shelton corporate park where it is located. Il Palio is known for its homemade Italian cuisine, an extensive wine list, and exceptional serv

Reviewed By DeekWI

Ate here with a business colleague tonight.We split the 3 Small Plates as an appetizer: Prosciutto, Meatballs & Steamed Clams. All very good and woudl do again.For mains, colleague had the Lasagna which he thought was OK but next time would try something else. I had the Filet of Sole which was fantastic and I'd order again without hesitation.Will do again the next time in this area.

3. Italian Pavilion

78 Pershing Dr, Derby, CT 06418-1433 Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Reservations +1 203-736-9005 http://www.theitalianpavilion.com/
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4 based on 69 reviews

Italian Pavilion

Reviewed By Carolyn4evr

My elderly Mom wanted a "nice bowl of spaghetti with sauce" so I checked Trip Advisor and found this nice restaurant. It was around 5:15 pm on a Saturday, we were greeted by the wonderful hostess Grace and seated right away. Open space with high ceilings and lots of famous Hollywood stars framed photos all around. Clean and comfortable with booths or tables.Our server Sue was very pleasant and efficient. Took our orders and brought over a bread basket with crusty Italian and wonderful garlic twist rolls. Our salads were crisp and fresh and the meals were giant! Mom's spaghetti bowl with marinara fed her for 3 more days. As did my eggplant parm which was also giagantic 9 x 5! It was 6 layers of lightly breaded eggplant topped with cheese and that wonderful marinara and capellini. SO delish!We were too full for dessert, but took home two cannoli's that were fabulous!A definite restaurant to go to with family & friends. They have a extensive menu, wine/beer/cocktail list and plenty of parking. By the time we left the restaurant was packed! Best of all, my Mom loved it!

2. Roseland Apizza

350 Hawthorne Ave, Derby, CT 06418-1060 Italian, Pizza Dinner, Lunch Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service, Serves Alcohol +1 203-735-0494 http://www.facebook.com/Roseland-Apizza-265800143481683/
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4 based on 115 reviews

Roseland Apizza

Reviewed By bajoros_photograhy

Went here with my boyfriend on Valentine’s Day, of all days, and there was a considerable wait, but I cannot determine if that is the norm, since it was a dining-out holiday. We were seated at a reasonable waiting time, and our waitress was Roseland Hall of Fame waitress, as her picture was hanging on the walls around us, and she was wonderful. We went for the full-on seafood pizza, and man alive, it did not disappoint. The seafood on the pizza was premier - lovely plump pieces of lobster and shrimp, red sauce, and a great crust. The atmosphere was very friendly and homey, and I witnessed 3 different tables interacting with one another, seemingly not knowing each other, and sharing good since the portions were huge. That’s the kind of thing that lets me know a place is as friendly as you would imagine, as a local or visitor. It was a pleasure visiting, and I look forward to returning to try their other signature dishes and pizzas.

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1. Amici's Restaurant

500 Howe Ave Ste B, Shelton, CT 06484-3100 Italian Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +1 203-926-1809 http://www.amicis-shelton.com/
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4 based on 166 reviews

Amici's Restaurant

Reviewed By Ralph L

I went there with my wife and some friends for dinner. Our group was 5 people. We all had different dishes. My dinner was clams and pasta. I have clams often, but this dinner was different. The clams were smaller then I usually get, but there were lots of them and plenty of pasta. But It was extremely tasty and very large. There was enough for a full dinner at home the next day.

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