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Bar B-Q Milford, CT - It IS Reopened!

We did try the BBQ and I gave them two chances. That was back in January and I haven't been back since. They just couldn't seem to cook salmon so it didn't taste like a hockey puck. I go by there now and then and there are cars there but just not my type of restaurant. When there are so many good restaurants to choose from in MIlford, why bother.

Sep 26, 2011
The_Enabler in Southern New England

Lisiano's on the Post Road in Orange, CT

Lisiano's has been around for a long time. Situated across from Bob's Discount Furniture in a strip shopping center, it is small but quaint. The tables are glass topped with no table clothes and the chairs are standard plain black padded chairs. The large wall has a painting of Venice on it and there's a skylight overhead keeping the restaurant bright during the day. It is clean but leans toward the plain side. We were seated immediately upon entering the restaurant and we placed our drink order. No fancy wines by the glass unfortunately. We were then served this freshly baked crusty bread (which my daughter fell in love with). I would prefer something more on the whole wheat side but it was good just the same. I ordered the Salmon Lisiano which was one of the many specials on the board. Each meal comes with a very hearty salad with house dressing that is quite good. When the Salmon came, I was delighted to see that all my favorites were included: artichoke hearts, capers, tomatoes, onions and olives served over the thin spaghetti. It was "spot on". My husband had the veal and he said it was very tender and very good. The next time we went, I ordered the special baked salmon. It came surrounded by fabulous vegetables which included red pepper, mushrooms, onion, broccoli, tomato, cauliflower and thin slices of butternut squash. It was out of this world. My daughter had them prepare penne romano because it was close to penne ala vodka which she regularly gets when eating out. She was very happy with hers and my husband had the chicken parmesan. He said, "wow". I am glad we finally tried this restaurant and this will now be our regular stop.

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Lisiano's Family Restaurant
514 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT 06477

Jan 20, 2010
The_Enabler in Southern New England

Conte in Orange

I'm sorry to say that I'm a vegetarian but do eat fish. The Salmon is great, never dry, always succulent and very tasty. Salad does not come with the meal and was fairly large but that has since changed. It's mixed greens with 4 slices of provolone. My daughter's favorite dish is penne ala vodka and this restaurant prepared it best according to her. The pasta is made fresh every day and the sauce is more of a pomadoro (sp?) nice red tomato sauce. Veal and Chicken parm according to my husband were good. They serve a combo of garlic nuts and bread - garlic nuts are good. The piano man is very nice and his playing adds something to the atmosphere. It's a real shame the prices skyrocketed.....

Dec 28, 2009
The_Enabler in Southern New England

Conte in Orange

Yes, that's the exact location.

Dec 28, 2009
The_Enabler in Southern New England

Conte in Orange

Oops - yes that's the very one....

Dec 28, 2009
The_Enabler in Southern New England

Bar B-Q Milford, CT - It IS Reopened!

Interesting....if you read my blog on Conti's (we won't go back), I'm going to try Il Forno's this week. I'm hoping that they do have something of the old menu left. The scallop appetizer sounds wonderful and is right down my alley. My husband knows the owners and he told me that they have the same chefs that Il Forno did. We'll shall soon see... stay tuned.

Dec 28, 2009
The_Enabler in Southern New England

Conte in Orange

In search of a replacement for my dear Il Forno restaurant and through some of your suggestions, we've tried Salute, Assagio, Nello's and Pepper Mill. Salute was not bad at all. I loved the way they cooked their vegetables and my salmon was always good but alas the penne ala vodka was not to my daughter's liking. Assagio was on the money but we fell hard for Conti's. Our waiter was great, attentive and he remembered our drinks the very next week. We've been going for several weeks now, however, Conti changed the menu. Everything went up significantly. I thought it was a bit pricey to begin with but the food was fabulous. He is as he reputation precedes him, a very tempremental man. We were not only disturbed by the sudden huge increase in pricing but by the way he reprimanded his waitstaff speaking about a particular customer. He basically said if they don't like it they can get the F out of my restaurant. He was dropping the F bombs louder than he probably thought. The waiter was upset as he forgot our bread, out extra dressing but I didn't hold that against him. Too bad because we never had a complaint about the food but I can't afford his prices any longer.

We're trying the BBQ this week.

Dec 28, 2009
The_Enabler in Southern New England

Il Forno, Milford, CT - closed

Thanks I have eaten at Conte's (when I worked up that way) and I remember there were no prices on the menu. The food was good though. Unfortunately, we went to Johnny Ray's the night we attempted to go to Il Forno's. My salmon came to me almost completey raw; my daughter didn't like the pasta and my husband was indifferent. Nello's is always crowded but is it me? I don't like things drowning in oil and have asked for "light on the oil" there was still a lot of oil in the bottom of my dish. I like to see the color in my food i.e. spinach should be green and not drenched in oil. I don't eat pasta but that's the only think my daughter will eat and my husband can't eat white pasta or white bread. He did say that his steak was good, however. We tried Salute and I'm going to try it again tonight.

Oct 02, 2009
The_Enabler in All New England Archive

Il Forno, Milford, CT - closed

When we went to Il Forno this past Friday, we were shocked to see the sign down, the curtains down and the place completely dark with no cars in the parking lot. We realized within a few seconds that they were gone. We had been going there every Friday night for the past few years after what I consider bad customer service at Aldario's where my husband and I had gone every Friday for ~6 years. I was so happy to have found another place that was warm and accepting with great food and great service. Arturo was our waiter and he was excellent. The owner came out and greeted us every time we were there. They made us feel special. I felt like a close relative died that night and now am forced to find yet another place in my home town that appreciates Friday night regulars. Not so easy as my husband is a carnivore, my daughter's taste is really limited and I'm a vegetarian who does eat fish. Il Forno's salmon with lentils was my very favorite. I will miss them and I hope that the owner finds roots somewhere where his restaurant will truly be appreciated.

Sep 14, 2009
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