When you feel like having the best Italian food in Fairfield, Conn., one needs to find themselves at Pizzeria Molto.

Meaning “a lot” or “many” in Italian, Molto is the hit restaurant located on Post Road in downtown Fairfield that all of the University students love treating themselves to on the weekends. This traditional, high-quality Italian restaurant offers a fun and energetic atmosphere that reflects the trendy restaurants of Manhattan.

The design of the place offers a cool “retro” look back into the 1950s. Seasonal outdoor dining is also offered directly on Post Road. All waiters, hosts and workers are extremely friendly and dedicate their full attention to the well-being of their customers. Between the beautifully crafted 1950s Roman café decor and the black and white Italian movies being projected in the background, you will fall in love with the charming and quaint essence of Molto.

Molto always seems to have a crowd, especially on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  Unfortunately, due to their limited space and moderately priced menu, they do not accept reservations. For those looking to be seated quickly, it is recommended to go there before 6:00 p.m. If you go any time after, the wait may be long, although I believe Molto is well worth any wait.

Many times, Fairfield students who are under the age of 21 that try to dine after 6:00 p.m. will be turned away because much of the restaurant is taken up by a large Carrera marble bar centered in the middle of the room. Fortunately, Molto provides a to-go menu that many Fairfield students take advantage of on nights where they want to take a break from the typical college cafeteria food.

The Molto menu offers a wide variety of choices. Known for their delectable pizza, they produce two styles: brick oven thin crust and New York style. Appetizers are called “Italian Tapas” and are surprisingly large in size, so to save some room for the main course, you may be better off splitting it with a friend. Appetizers include artistically chopped salads, sautéed calamari with white beans and roasted tomatoes, deep-fried artichoke hearts, excellent roasted littleneck clams stuffed with bread crumbs and pancetta, meaty grilled shrimp, mushroom risotto and much more.

The main courses consist of delicious pasta dishes (Pappardelle Bolognese, Orecchiette Alla Vodka) to outstanding chicken, veal and seafood options (Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Piccata, North Atlantic Roasted Salmon). Their red sauce is unlike any other and leaves an irresistibly sweet aftertaste. And, if you still have room for dessert, let’s just say the Chocolate Soufflé (lava cake) is out of this world.

This restaurant is appropriately named as its menu does not disappoint with the several options for appetizers and entrées. It is open for lunch and dinner with food served throughout the day and evening. Molto is open Sunday through Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Don’t miss out on this exceptional Italian restaurant in Fairfield where the food is “molto” bene!

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