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  • Review Count
    6
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  • First Review
    November 26, 2014
  • Last Review
    April 16, 2015
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    3.3
 
 
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Specializing in traditional Italian cuisine with a modern flare. Favorites such as wood fired neapolitan pizza, fresh home made pasta, wide selection of creative antipasti (meats, cheeses, vegetables, seafood), enoteca (wine bar), and birreria (beer) in the heart of downtown Hartford. Sorella offers simple and fresh Italian favorites in a comfortable setting with a professional and friendly staff. An authentic Italian dining experience in the downtown area ... Hartford's newest gem.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Great "Sunday Dinner"
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/12/2015
 2003
Dined on 4/12/2015
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Love the Sunday Dinner program: salad, pizza or pasta, and glass of beer or wine for $25. Service or kitchen timing, however, was way off the norm: one of 4 apps came late and one of four entrees came early. Pizzas are great, if you like a softer outer crust, or cornicione. Parppadalle osso bucco hit the spot."
Dined on 4/12/2015
 2003
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Firebox Restaurant, located in the historic Billings Forge, one block from the State Capitol, serves seasonal contemporary American cuisine, in a casually elegant setting. Guests enjoy the white-washed brick, warm fireplace and handmade Amish farm tables of our back dining rooms. The impressive front bar area with it's exposed brick, wood beams and vaulted ceilings, houses a lively bar scene focusing on innovative cocktails and an impressive wine selection.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Restaurant Week Menu a Disappointment
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/06/2015
 2003
Dined on 2/06/2015
 2003
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Firebox is a favorite, and food is usually excellent. We decided on the menu for this year's Hartford Restaurant Week, and was disappointed. While there appears to be much going into a dish, the flavors were just not there. And the bread was boardering on stale. We did wine pairing, too. Nice idea but odd to start and finish with sherries and maderias, and the pour for the wine to accompany the main course was small.
Server was great. Dining room looks as good as ever."
Dined on 2/06/2015
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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If you look under the Max Restaurant Group's dictionary under hip, you'll find a picture of Trumbull Kitchen. Fashioned by owner Richard Rosenthal and Executive Chef and partner Chris Torla; Trumbull Kitchen has a unique sophistication that is contemporary, cool, and inventive.<br />Chef Torla has created a globally eclectic menu that emphasizes intense flavors and satisfying textures. Progressive cross-cultural dishes offer variations of familiar foods around the world. The menu features a collection of tasters and tapas as well as larger entrees that are meant to tantalize a discriminating palate as well as simply deliver some great comfort food. Located in one of Hartford's premier locations, Trumbull Kitchen introduces new excitement in both menu and atmosphere.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/25/2015
 2003
Dined on 1/25/2015
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/25/2015
 2003
Special Features: great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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ON20 maintains a singular mission: to offer guests the finest culinary and service experience. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Jeffrey Lizotte, ON20 is known for innovative and progressive cuisine, and flawless service. It is one of OpenTable's Top Ten Restaurants for outstanding service, Zagat's top-rated restaurant in Connecticut, and named one of the 100 best scenic-view restaurants in the United States in OpenTable's Diner's Choice Awards.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/21/2015
 2003
Dined on 1/21/2015
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/21/2015
 2003
Special Features: scenic view, fit for foodies
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Gram & Dun brings culinarily-driven fare, while paying special attention to pairing food with libations. It's a place “for the people” where we can relax and enjoy the neighborhood vibe while we test theories of food, drink and the evolution of good times. Our local owners and staff bring a unique, modern environment to this ideal Plaza location where we have revived the best patio in town, making Gram & Dun an enticing landmark for locals and visitors alike. In addition, Gram & Dun honors the traditional by bringing revered dishes to the forefront and adding our own special touch, and welcomes seasonality by adjusting to the natural changes our tastes succumb to as the year progresses, all in an effort to provide the best to patrons with exquisite taste. Gram & Dun: sophisticated, soulful and crafted.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Next time, maybe . . . .
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/15/2014
 2003
Dined on 12/15/2014
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Expected more given praise. Even with reservation, was seated at table in bar area and not main restuarant. Pretty view out window to Plaza and fire pits, but TV playing nearby and chairs, even with cushion (which just slides off) uncomfortable--ones in main dining room looked very comfortable.
Good service. Interesting plating--Carmel popcorn garnish to a pork chop??? Worked. Chop itself was cooked to right temperature but too much time sitting on grill, which resulted in char marks that left a burnt taste in mouth. Too bad, because others wise a nice pork porterhouse and yummy grits.
Small dessert menu. I planned to get but nothing on it that appealed.
So, next time, request seat in main dining area, try a different entree, and get an app instead of waiting for dessert."
Dined on 12/15/2014
 2003
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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 City Landing
City Landing
City Landing is a contemporary, upscale-casual restaurant located at 255 State Street, serving lunch and dinner seven days a week with Sunday brunch. Forbes Four-Star award winning Chef/Owner Bill Brodsky prepares contemporary American cuisine that meets an energetic and casually sophisticated design, care of Boston's Stephen Sousa. Open airy windows overlook Long Wharf and the Rose Kennedy Greenway; just seconds away from Faneuil Hall, the NE Aquarium and Harbor. A convivial and comfortable setting sees splashes of mint green and rich mahogany, accented by natural quartz stone inlaid with mosaic glass tiles and chic high end lighting. The menu features a large variety of American fare including thoughtful seafood dishes, artisan pizzettas, creative salads and a bounty of carefully crafted entrees produced from locally indigenous ingredients. The bar features small plate tapas, specialty cocktails, local distilleries, local brews on tap, and a reasonably priced wine list.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/23/2014
 2003
Dined on 11/23/2014
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Excellent fish entree--stripped sea bass with pickled veggies. Scallop chowder interesting twist. Bread pudding a big disappointment--too dry, temperature uneven, with bites warm and tongue-burning hot. Credit for offering to take dessert off bill, but didn't actually do it.
Nice space, but chairs uncomfortable. Good wine list, including large pour option, but pricey.
Still miss Sel De La Terra, which used to be in this spot."
Dined on 11/23/2014
 2003
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