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Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar
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Today 11:00 am – 2:00 am
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437 Main St Middletown, CT 06457
437 Main StreetUSConnecticutMiddletown06457
$$Italian Restaurant, Wine BarToday 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Monday 11:00 am – 12:00 amTuesday 11:00 am – 12:00 amWednesday 11:00 am – 12:00 amThursday 11:00 am – 12:00 amFriday 11:00 am – 2:00 amSaturday 11:00 am – 2:00 amSunday 12:00 – 10:00 pm
Fine Dining Authentic Italian, Best New Restaurant in CT
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High-end Italian cooking is paired with a lengthy wine list at this lavish, marble-laden venue.- Google
"Only italian place I know with an extensive wine selection and drinks."
"Before i return, I want to save up some good jokes to make the wait staff laugh."
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Jignesh Patel
a year ago
Only italian place I know with an extensive wine selection and drinks. Staff knew about Moscato Grappa, which is rare because middletown has a lot of italian restaurants. Service matches price.
Jeff Sawyer
a year ago
Simply terrible! First thing we notice is our bread plates and forks had old crusted food stuck on them. We asked for new ones and figured it was a simple mistake… We should have left at that point, it only got worse. We shared the Sundried Tomato Ravioli. There was so much oil in the dish that I could have put in a separate bowl and dipped my bread in it! The Ravioli was under cooked and doughy on top of it. Again should have left… I ordered the Murray‘s Free Range Chicken. I wanted to substitute Fennel for Asparagus. Was told I could but would have to pay extra. I never understood this… Do I get a credit for the Fennel? I was annoyed; I can’t stand when I spend $22 on dinner to get nickeled and dimed for substituting vegetables that are on the menu. When I received my dinner, I was surprised to see the chicken had the bone in it. There was no mention of this on the menu. My two little legs of chicken barely had enough meat to feed a cat. The entire dish tasted like they put a pound of salt on it. It was awful! My girlfriend ordered the Seared Diver Scallops. Which came out with more oil than risotto.. If you like oil and salt this is your place! Why is there oil in Risotto? Looked like cereal in milk. It got worse she cut into the scallops and found they were RAW. We then waited about 15 minutes for our waiter to come over and tell them the scallops were raw. At that point we just wanted to pay the bill and get the hell out of this dump. The manager came over and proceeded to tell us that is how they cock scallops at the restaurant raw to medium and the server should have told us that! She then said they could put them back in the oven? You never re-cook scallops, I know that and I am not a chef. She was rude and didn’t apologize. She also ran the waiter under the bus. As we left she gave us “I hope you enjoy your evening”, her tone was unbelievable! How about..” I am sorry you had a crappy meal and are leaving my restaurant hungry and disappointed” She was so unprofessional and didn’t care at all about us as customers. I will never go back to that place again because of how we were treated and spoke too. I would rather eat at Olive Garden then this restaurant! If I could I would not even give them one star!
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Jessica Tattersall
4 years ago
Every single time the food, service and ambiance never disappoints. This is my favorite in all of downtown Middletown!
Heather DaMotta
a year ago
They polish the wine glasses! The food is ALWAYS superb! We will definitely keep coming back!
Mark Stouffer
a year ago
Used to be excellent. In visits in May 2014 food and service were very poor. Food was served cold. Both taste and presentation left much to be desired for the price. It took an hour and a half from the appetizer to service of the main course. The wrong entrees were served. Nearly impossible to get server attention.
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Jim Simon
2 years ago
I walked in off the street while waiting for a meeting, just looking for something to drink and a light snack ...which can be a challenge for a fancy Italian restaurant. Shared the Charcuterie Board with a date, which turned out to be a truly superb experience. I won't spoil the list of specialty cured meat surprises, but some were unique, none will ever be found at your grocery deli counter, and all brought distinctive flavor experiences. While this appetizer is as expensive as a meal at lesser restaurants, those with an interest in modernist food experiences could describe it as a bargain worth my 40 mile drive. Note that a charcuterie board is a very salty experience, and you'll want to balance it with additional selections. I'm subject to ordinary guy weaknesses, so I ate many of the tasty bread snacks that came to the table. Salty, but irresistible. If the rest of the offerings at Esca are similar in quality, I'll have to walk those 40 miles to stay in shape. The setting emphasizes carefully hewn stone and elegant tiles which provide a natural and very clean feel. The layout includes multiple levels which gives the restaurant an uncrowded feel. Additional decor items offer a visually rich but not uncomfortably lavish experience. Service was prompt and faultlessly courteous. Before i return, I want to save up some good jokes to make the wait staff laugh.
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Steve Pfalzgraf
2 years ago
Pricey and the food is pretty decent. However happy hour is where it's at!
A Google User
3 years ago
Absolutely unprofessional! I reserved part of the upstairs room 3-4 months prior to my wedding, to use for our rehearsal dinner. I asked if a deposit was needed, and was told there was no need for this. We had chosen this place since it was central for all concerned, and close to the hotel where most of the guests were staying. I called and double checked a month or two before and was informed all was well, and that we would need to share the upstairs room with another party, which was what we expected, so all was well. Less than 2 weeks before the rehearsal dinner (and my wedding), I got a call saying the other party has grown to 80 people and they've paid a deposit so now we cannot use the upstairs room. In other words, just because they had a better business opportunity, they basically compromised a standing, confirmed business arrangement just to make a bit more money on the day. We had to re-arrange all of our plans pretty much at the last minute, and find a different restaurant. There was a reason why we booked for a rehearsal dinner so much in advance, and now it became a last minute annoyance. So - in other words, make reservations here at your own risk. Oh a word on the food - and I am not saying this because I am miffed with them. The food is mediocre at best. You have much, much better food if you go towards West Hartford, or even to the other Italian plces in Middletown itself. The wine selection is broad, but overpriced.
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