I love appetizers! Ordering 2 or 3 apps with a cocktail or two can be a refreshing change from ordering a huge entree.

So where in Danbury and its surrounding towns are the most recommended restaurants for just appetizers and drinks? I examined restaurantguru.com, Connecticut Magazine, and Yelp to track down some of the best locations to order up some delicious appetizers and an adult beverage or two.


  • 1

    Tazza Cucina and Bar

    Tazza in Newtown was voted 'Best Appetizers' in Connecticut Magazine's Restaurant Reader's Poll 2017. They're located at 266 South Main St. in Newtown, Call 203-270-3425.

  • 2

    La Zingara

    Located at 8 PT Barnum Square in Bethel, La Zingara scores a 4.5/5 with Yelp reviewers. My morning show partner, Lou Milano absolutely loves it and he doesn't like anything! They also offer rooftop dining when the weather is sweet. For reservations, call 203-744-7500.

  • 3


    Pulcinella is a relatively new addition to the greater Danbury area restaurant scene located in Brookfield at 640 Federal Road and they offer authentic southern Italian cuisine. Yelp and Google reviewers love this restaurant giving it a 4.7/5.

  • 4

    Stanziato's Wood Fired Pizza

    Stanziato's at 35 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury has always been at the top of the heap in the restaurant ratings. Inventive apps like Truffle Brussel Sprouts and Steak Tacos set Stanziato's apart from many restaurants in the Danbury area. For reservations, call 203-885-1057.

  • 5

    Toro Restaurant

    Toro at 28 Church Hill Rd. in Newtown has consistently been near the top of the restaurant ratings game in the greater Danbury area. Connecticut Magazine's Best Restaurant Edition 2017 named Toro the Best Chinese Restaurant and Best Sushi. I've chowed down on their sushi and in my humble opinion, it's one of the best in the state! For reservations, call 203-364-0099.

  • 6

    The Tiger's Den Sports Bar and Grill

    The Tiger's Den in Ridgefield is an intimate sport's bar set back a bit at 23 Catoonah Street. Joe, the owner is easygoing and aims to please his customers. If you're looking for a frou frou atmosphere, get dressed up and spend a couple of hundred dollars at a fine dining restaurant. The Tiger's Den is simple, friendly, and the service is great! I expected the food to be 'just OK' but it's actually very very good! The Mac n' Cheese, Pulled Pork, and Wings are excellent not to mention their variety of craft beer. Go there and ask for Joe. He'll be thrilled to take care of you!

  • 7

    Pizzeria Mazzo Mozzarella and Wine Bar

    Mazzo is located at 32 Newtown Road in Danbury and is a must try if you haven't already. This is tapas at its best combined with an amazing wine selection. Recommended are the Brussel Sprouts, the Bufala Mozzarella, and any of the gourmet pizzas. There are so many tantalizing menu selections, you might want to order two or three apps with a bottle of wine. Fantisimo! Call 203-628-7188.

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