Restaurant Visit: Prespa in Danbury, Connecticut

Apr 16, 2007 Full story: Well Fed Network 56

“Is there anything in particular that Prespa's chef is really good at, sort of a house specialty?”

Certain restaurant environments that create an instantly warm and exciting impression with patrons; Prespa, a new continental restaurant in Danbury, Connecticut is one such establishment. via Well Fed Network

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womba

Englewood, FL

#21 Aug 16, 2007
mars wrote:
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I agree that Mona Lisa is very good but it is no longer in the location that you are referring to and hasn't been for a few years. It is a few miles south of the flagpole on the right hand side.
Thanks. Where did it move into?
Haven't been back in a while.
Jenna

Southbury, CT

#22 Aug 22, 2007
ghj

Since: Jul 07

Ashford, CT

#23 Aug 25, 2007
LLee wrote:
Complete and total disappointment!I have eaten there a total of 5 times and 3 of those times I was so sick to my stomach I threw up. The food is tasty at first, but I question the cleanliness of that kitchen and suggest the health inspector pay a loooooong visit to them to sweep that place. I would not recommend it to anyone ever - not even my worst enemy! Barca on the other hand was EXCELLENT! I'd say go there or Spasi, but avoid Prespa like the plague!
Who goes to a restaurant after it make him vomit? Probably a disgruntled employee.
Mary

Newington, CT

#24 Sep 7, 2007
All of you who have not tried it yet should go to Splash in Westport. Amazing food every single time. Calamari salad is to die for!
Spasi is good sometimes
Barca was better THE BEST ATMOSPHERE OF ALL 3
Prespa only had lunch and was not impressed, thinking of going there tomorrow evening.
Jenna

New Fairfield, CT

#25 Sep 8, 2007
will never return to this restaurant, first of all the food is mediocre, also as mentioned above the menu pretty much mimics spasi except there food is much tastier, and the staff at prespa are completely clueless! You woud think if you ask a specific question about a item they would be able to assist you, but i got the answer i dont know i never tasted it! After placing our order salads were quickly thrown at us, and so the meal went on the same way, right after are dinners were cleared and we declined desert our waitress dropped the check (we had not requested it) she then returned about two minutes later and grabbed the check i had not yet put my credit card in, she returned to put it back on the table, we felt like we were being pushed out the door she just leaned against a back wall and staired at our table as soon as the credit card was put in the check she came running over, so heres the best of it after the credit card was run, our waitress offered for us to go take a seat at the bar that she needed our table for another guest, i could not believe it, this confirmed that we were being pushed out the door, i found this to be totally rude. We declined to sit at the bar and in fact will never be sitting in prespa again.
nicole

New Fairfield, CT

#26 Sep 8, 2007
Billy maybe you should pay more attention to what's going on in your restaurant then stairing out the window at SPASI!
Mary

Newington, CT

#27 Sep 10, 2007
okay just had first dinner at Prespa. Could not believe it, but they did not have my reservation. I guess it is still an ongoing problem. Martini's and service were excellent! Everyone else's meal was delish, mine would have been delish but was too dry i had the baked stuffed flounder. Actually going there again for book club meeting Wed. we'll see :)
Deena

New York, NY

#28 Sep 13, 2007
Prespa's food is MUCH better than Spasi. Although both restaurants are noisy and crowded. Same interior designer I think.
Stepahnie

Milford, CT

#29 Oct 5, 2007
I Like the atmopshere at Prespa, the food and drinks are pretty good. They definately need some fine tuning with the staff, they are not polite and seem to rush your dinner. It's always crowded and a little noisy, especially by the bar. There is the same group of guys at the bar not matter what night I go there and they can get a little boisterous once they've been drinking, which adds to the noise factor. They also seem to get preferential treatment from the bar staff and the wait staff. I guess it's because they're regaulars. All in all, it's pretty good. Not a place for a romantic dinner though.
Reply to LLee

Shelton, CT

#30 Oct 5, 2007
Take a look at the WEEKLY REPORT SEPTEMBER 5, 2007 DANBURY FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS - I don't think it was the food!
Spasi Restaurant rated 82 due to *Potentially hazardous foods did not meet temperature requirements; refrigeration units not maintaining adequate temperatures; poor hygienic practice; presence of flies; lack of written documentation of training program. REINSPECTION REQUIRED.
Prespa Restaurant 93
Barca Restaurant rated 91 - Reinspection due to prior failure of 79. Food contact surface in poor repair; improper sanitization procedures; presence of flies
http://www.ci.danbury.ct.us/content/41/188/88...
LLee wrote:
Complete and total disappointment!I have eaten there a total of 5 times and 3 of those times I was so sick to my stomach I threw up. The food is tasty at first, but I question the cleanliness of that kitchen and suggest the health inspector pay a loooooong visit to them to sweep that place. I would not recommend it to anyone ever - not even my worst enemy! Barca on the other hand was EXCELLENT! I'd say go there or Spasi, but avoid Prespa like the plague!
freekevee

Oxford, CT

#31 Oct 8, 2007
LLee! You are full of it!
dan

Bronx, NY

#32 Oct 9, 2007
Here is my two cents. Prespa does a very nice job all around. I will eat there once or twice a week and except for an over cooked filet on one occassion the food has always been very good and the staff has always been extremely friendly and courteous. The bartenders are very social and polite and the wait staff always has a smile and a hello for you. The owner Billy is a great guy and is always quick to come over and say hello or buy you a drink, try to get that from Spasi's or Barca which by the way has been extremely dissapointing the two times I've been there. As far as the greeting you get at Prespa it's always warm and welcoming, not at all rude and confontational like someone wrote earlier. I would and have recommended Prespa to many close friends and not one of them has ever had anything negative to say. So for some of you folks who have read these comments and think it's not a good place to go, do yourself a favor and go there and find out for yourself the pleasant experience I'm sure you'll find. bon appetite
bboomerr

Jackson Heights, NY

#33 Oct 9, 2007
freekevee wrote:
LLee! You are full of it!
Freekevee, scroll back one page to read my post... LLee is nothing but a hack trying to dis one restaurant to prop another,,, the posting is a fraud...
Ellenlynn

Boston, MA

#34 Nov 3, 2007
The ONE time we were at Prespa we had a similar experience--"no reservation", rude service, so noisy we had to shout to hear each other, and it took 45 minutes just to get the appetizer...we tipped the RUDE waiter 5%, and left a note why on the CC slip.

Well folks, get ready. The old Nobe across from Stop'n'Shop is gone and you NEVER guess what's coming! Yes, in all originality, Danbury is about to be blessed with....ANOTHER ITALIAN RESTAURANT! And I'll bet dollars to doughnuts it'll be another Spasi/Prespa/Barca clone: high, raw celings, wide open crowded dining, and NOISY. Oh--and expensive. We still like Nick's and Nico's. When, oh when, is this town going to get a restaurant that serves real home-cookin' food like FRESH fried chicken with cream gravy, biscuits, chicken fried steak, FRESH fried catfish, plain old FRESH peas, and strawberry pie?
sara

Bristol, CT

#35 Nov 11, 2007
I think for now Barca is the best fish and steak restaurant in this area.
Very manhattan, bautiful design very diferent for danbury, when you walk there you feel like you are in Manhattan, big open bar. I think Danbury need this...
sara

Bristol, CT

#36 Nov 11, 2007
The good think is Barca is the same owner from Spasi thats why they are doing good with the food and everything. experience.....
joan danbury

Danbury, CT

#37 Nov 21, 2007
Vito, neither Spasi, nor Prespa, nor Barca are operated by "actual Italians".
Spasi is the better of the 3 ----Prespa is way too noisy and Barca is overpriced. However, Spasi needs to get rid of the maroon velvet curtains when you walk in - it looks like you're going into a funeral parlor!
By the way, the "new" Cortina restaurant on Mill Plain is operated by the owners of the former "Porcinis", but the prices are a lot better now.
booboo

Shelton, CT

#38 Dec 8, 2007
joan danbury wrote:
Vito, neither Spasi, nor Prespa, nor Barca are operated by "actual Italians".
Spasi is the better of the 3 ----Prespa is way too noisy and Barca is overpriced. However, Spasi needs to get rid of the maroon velvet curtains when you walk in - it looks like you're going into a funeral parlor!
By the way, the "new" Cortina restaurant on Mill Plain is operated by the owners of the former "Porcinis", but the prices are a lot better now.


YOU ALL NEED TO GET A LIFE!
booboo

Shelton, CT

#39 Dec 8, 2007
joan danbury wrote:
Vito, neither Spasi, nor Prespa, nor Barca are operated by "actual Italians".
Spasi is the better of the 3 ----Prespa is way too noisy and Barca is overpriced. However, Spasi needs to get rid of the maroon velvet curtains when you walk in - it looks like you're going into a funeral parlor!
By the way, the "new" Cortina restaurant on Mill Plain is operated by the owners of the former "Porcinis", but the prices are a lot better now.
OBVIOUSLY MOST OF YOU GUYS HAVE NEVER BEEN TO THE CITY BECAUSE ALL THOSE RESTAURANTS ARE NOISY.A NOISY RESTAURANT IS A GOOD RESTAURANT. STAY HOME IF YOUR GOING TO COMPLAIN.
freekevee

Brunswick, ME

#40 Dec 9, 2007
Ellenlynn wrote:
The ONE time we were at Prespa we had a similar experience--"no reservation", rude service, so noisy we had to shout to hear each other, and it took 45 minutes just to get the appetizer...we tipped the RUDE waiter 5%, and left a note why on the CC slip.
Well folks, get ready. The old Nobe across from Stop'n'Shop is gone and you NEVER guess what's coming! Yes, in all originality, Danbury is about to be blessed with....ANOTHER ITALIAN RESTAURANT! And I'll bet dollars to doughnuts it'll be another Spasi/Prespa/Barca clone: high, raw celings, wide open crowded dining, and NOISY. Oh--and expensive. We still like Nick's and Nico's. When, oh when, is this town going to get a restaurant that serves real home-cookin' food like FRESH fried chicken with cream gravy, biscuits, chicken fried steak, FRESH fried catfish, plain old FRESH peas, and strawberry pie?
Go to the diner!!!! fried, fried, fried.... ever heard of a salad with GRILLED chicken?

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