Restaurateur brings northern Italy to Danbury

Full story: NewsTimes.com 78
Johnney Rugovac owns the newly opened northern Italian restaurant Della Francesca on Lake Avenue Extension. Full Story
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Ellenlynn

Boston, MA

#1 Jan 14, 2008
We ate there last weekend. FANTASTIC FOOD!!! Amazing service, quiet atmosphere---you can actually hear your dining partners' conversation--and a great wine list. This is NOT a Spasi/Barca/Prespa clone, but the prices are similar. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant. Oh, and it wouldn't hurt to dress up a little. A real "special occasion" place!
DFT

United States

#2 Jan 14, 2008
The Danbury area needs more Italian restaurants like it needs more illigals immigrants.
AMERICAN SKINHEAD

Danbury, CT

#3 Jan 14, 2008
DFT wrote:
The Danbury area needs more Italian restaurants like it needs more illigals immigrants.
you're in America now, speak English.

"illegal"
Not Another One

Middletown, CT

#4 Jan 14, 2008
Just like Spasi, Prespa, Barca, Rraci, and Castello, this is another Albanian-owned Italian restaurant.

And, they're all Muslim...although they're not the observant type.
Excellent

East Haddam, CT

#5 Jan 14, 2008
Trust me when I tell you, this is one of the BEST restaurants that you will ever try. My family used to go to Mulino's in Fairfield quite a bit and we were all saddened by its closing. I am truly thrilled that they are back!!!! Anything on the menu is fantastic, you cannot go wrong!!!

“PORK. The other white meat. ”

Since: Oct 07

Taserbury

#6 Jan 14, 2008
another name change for that restaurant/store...can't wait to see what it will be next year.
Ben Dover

Middletown, CT

#7 Jan 14, 2008
Wow, a lot of people seemed to have tried this place after it's been open for only a week. I bet that all of these rave reviews are posted from the people who work there.

“Deluxe Apartment In The Sky”

Since: Jan 08

Scenic Danbury Connecticut

#11 Jan 14, 2008
Albanians do not cook authentic Italian cuisine. All of the local so called Italian restaurants serve food that is good but pales in comparison to the real thing. Many local places actually use canned commercial sauce.

Go to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx or to some of the better places in New Haven and compare for yourself. If there's no guy named Vinny or Sal in the kitchen, it's fake.
Nemesys

Danbury, CT

#12 Jan 14, 2008
"...This is another Albanian-owned Italian restaurant."

Nothing wrong with that. My grandfather was off-the-boat Italian and yet unless you're in East Hartford or the Bonx, most of the best Italian food is made by Greeks or Albanians. The best pizza in town, imnsho, is from Mykonos.
Nemesys

Danbury, CT

#13 Jan 14, 2008
Errr, that was the "Bronx".
RBlue

Wallingford, CT

#14 Jan 14, 2008
Yeah, what's the deal, who cares if they're Albanian? They can cook! They can serve! And judging by the pictures, they're good-looking, if you ask me.

Just because they are Albanian does not mean they can't choose Italian cuisine to cook and serve!
RBlue

Wallingford, CT

#15 Jan 14, 2008
oops- it double posted because first time around I got an error message....sorry.
green card

Oxford, CT

#16 Jan 14, 2008
deport illegal albanians
Jacques Pepin

Middletown, CT

#17 Jan 14, 2008
[QUOTE who="Nemesys..most of the best Italian food is made by Greeks or Albanians.
[/QUOTE]

You've got rocks in your head.

Greeks and Albanians who cook better Italian food than Italians. LMFAO!
Not Another One

Middletown, CT

#18 Jan 14, 2008
Nemesys wrote:
"...This is another Albanian-owned Italian restaurant."
Nothing wrong with that.
At least when you go into a Greek restaurant, you know they are Greeks who are running the place.

I'm tired of Albanians passing themselves off as Italian with made-up Italian-sounding names like Barca's "Tony Ramadani" (Ramadani = Ramadan + i)- again, they're all Muslim.
MUSLIMANELLI

Danbury, CT

#19 Jan 14, 2008
Not Another One wrote:
I'm tired of Albanians passing themselves off as Italian with made-up Italian-sounding names like Barca's "Tony Ramadani"
and I was tired of NASCAR legends butchering pronunciations in order to sell tires...yet, I adapted.
Danbury Resident

Middletown, CT

#20 Jan 14, 2008
Not Another One wrote:
<quoted text>
At least when you go into a Greek restaurant, you know they are Greeks who are running the place.
I'm tired of Albanians passing themselves off as Italian with made-up Italian-sounding names like Barca's "Tony Ramadani" (Ramadani = Ramadan + i)- again, they're all Muslim.
I agree. It's like they're misrepresenting themselves.

It's akin to when you call tech support for your computer and you anticipate talking to an American. However, your call is patched through to some guy sitting in India and he tells you his name is Ralph, or John, or Louie.

Pretty soon we'll have a bunch of refugees from Kenya come over, change their names to Vinny Barberino and Tony Manero, and open up Italian restaurants complete with Italian mood music and trying to convince you that they're the real thing.

It's also interesting to question how many of these Albanian restaurant owners are sending cash over to Kosovo, which has been going through a clash of cultures for decades. I know a bunch of Albanians from The Bronx who do it all the time.
Bill the Taylor

Middletown, CT

#21 Jan 14, 2008
MUSLIMANELLI wrote:
<quoted text>
and I was tired of NASCAR legends butchering pronunciations in order to sell tires...yet, I adapted.
That made no sense, whatsoever.

BTW, your hatred of average Americans, like NASCAR legends, is so typical of birdbrains like you.
MUSLIMANELLI

Danbury, CT

#22 Jan 14, 2008
Bill the Taylor wrote:
That made no sense, whatsoever.
BTW, your hatred of average Americans, like NASCAR legends, is so typical of birdbrains like you.
I can't dumb it down for you, but I assure you it's a funny regional joke.

also, how did you conclude I hate average Americans or NASCAR legends?

how dare you question my loyalty to AJ Foyt!
Foodie

Paterson, NJ

#24 Jan 14, 2008
Because that Mill Plain/Lake Ave stretch really needs another Italian restaurant. Not so much.

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