Viale Ristorante Bar & Grill located at 3171 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, CT has been serving mixed Italian cuisine for nine years to its loyal customers and those who stumble across it in the Black Rock area of Bridgeport. They offer great food in sizable portions in a warm 1930’s old-style decor. When the weather is warm you can also sit outside and satisfy your hunger on their “old-country” Italian outdoor patio.
Our merry little group of six “foodies” were invited to Viale to check out Viale for ourselves. Each of us ordered a different appetizer and entree, so we could sample a variety of their dishes and get a good idea of the menu they offer.
Before I go further, I will say that the quote they have on the website (“customers” have turned into “regulars”, and “regulars” have become “friends”) is true as we were there it seemed that co-owners Dominic and Tom knew just about everyone that came in the door.
After chatting a little with our server Al, who by the way was extremely knowledgeable about every item on the menu, we placed our appetizer order. As we waited on our appetizers, we munched on some great freshly baked rolls and Italian bread and sipped our 2011 Pico and Vine Cabernet Sauvignon from NAPA Valley wine.
One of the appetizers we ordered was the Viale Antipasto; a large serving of excellent Italian cold cuts, roasted peppers, olives, and cheese. It was big enough to share with at least two other people or as a meal by itself along with the fresh rolls and bread.
As stated we tried several of their appetizers and after our taste test, none of them were disappointing and everyone was amazed at the large portions we received. The special appetizer for the day was the Burrata; a luxurious creamy inside surrounded by a ball of mozzarella with vine ripen tomatoes, pesto, roasted peppers, and fresh greens.
A quick look at the other appetizers we tried:
- Broccoli Rabe and Sausage: broccoli rabe sauteed with garlic and home made grilled Italian sausage.
- Garlic Grilled Shrimp: grilled shrimp in extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, and white wine
- Grilled Calamari Mediterranean: lightly grilled calamari with olives, roasted red peppers, garlic, and olive oil.
For those dishes with garlic, the garlic was plentiful, just the way we like it. All of the appetizers were huge and could easily be enjoyed by two or more or even as your main dinner.
One individual opted for the Iceberg Wedge Salad; a hearty wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with a creamy dressing, bacon, fresh tomatoes, and hard boiled egg.
- Lasagna: homemade lasagna noodles layered with ricotta, chopped meat and sausage in a velvety tomato sauce.
- Zuppa Di Pesce: well prepared shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops, and calamari in a delicious marinara sauce over linguini.
- Chicken Gorgonzola: juicy and tender chicken filets in a wine sauce and covered with rich and flavorful gorgonzola cheese and mushrooms with a side of penne in marinara sauce.
- Black Angus Rib Eye Steak: a 20 ounce, perfect medium rare steak with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus.
- Premium Pork Chops Scarpiello: two 10 ounce grilled pork chops with hot and sweet peppers. Accompanied by mashed potatoes.
- Shrimp Fra-Diavlo: over linguini.
After letting the entrees settled for a few minutes, out came two plates with a variety of desserts, freshly made by Dominic’s wife Patricia. On one plate were good-sized slices of homemade New York Cheese Cake, Blueberry Rollup, Carrot Cake, and a couple different chocolate cakes that we did not get the names of. The other plate held the traditional Italian dessert: Tiramisu. All of these were exceptional good, especially the table favorite: the rich and light cheese cake. Good thing about the warning to leave room for dessert, otherwise, we would have cleaned up our entree plates and missed out on these.
They literally had to kick us out because we closed the restaurant down and were the last to leave. We had the best time laughing and eating at Viale. Bring a group of friends and ask for the round table in the corner. You don’t be disappointed!
Viale Ristorante is opened for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 4:00 to 10:00 pm. Stop in for their weekday Happy Hour including wine specially priced by the glass as well as by the bottle.
Viale Ristorante offers large portions of excellent Italian food at a reasonable price. Each dish was made to order, so sit back and relax while you wait on your food. The pasta was cooked perfectly in every dish that had it. If you are in the area and looking for a warm and relaxing place enjoy a robust and affordable meal, then Viale is the place for you.