Recently we visited a new spot in Stamford called Gastro Bar, located right in the heart of the city.  Gastro Bar offers “Mediterranean cuisine with European highlights”, which (I must say) is spot on with the flavors and dishes on the menu.  We certainly enjoyed some great pizza, wine, and paella, and other yummy tapas.  Inspiration from all over the Mediterranean.

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To start, we sampled the cocktails & pizza.  We eat a lot of pizza, so we often are particular when it comes to pizza.  But the dough was delicious and flavorful … the texture was perfect and cooked to perfection!  The cocktails were fruity and fun… definitely something for the ladies to enjoy.  They also have a fantastic wine menu with lots to choose from.

Once we sat down for dinner, we began to sample MORE tapas.  It’s really hard to pick a favorite, but I really loved the salmon tartare, brussel salad, and the eggplant.  All of the tapas we had were really flavorful and well executed.  I loved the cornmeal texture of the fried calamari … and the smoked aioli was a perfect compliment.  The eggplant got a lot of “OMG YUM” and groans, as well as the brussel salad.  The brussel salad was so completely different and an awesome take on brussels sprouts – loved it!

Just when we thought we couldn’t eat another bite, the entrees arrived.  The cavatelli was definitely the hero of this course.  The pasta was melt in your mouth – the short rib was rich and the black truffle was just the perfect touch to make this the all-star dish.  It was just to my liking … just a drop of cream.

We were stuffed.  However, we always manage to find some room for dessert.  We enjoyed a delicious panna cotta over pears in red wine sauce and a key lime mousse.   The key lime mousse was super fun and light … thankfully for our full tummies.

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Thanks to the chef and master behind the scenes.

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So check it out!  A great spot whether you’re looking for a fun night out with friends or just a good meal with a date.

Gastro Bar

Address: 78 West Park Pl.
Stamford, CT ‎06901

Phone: 203-817-0392

Website:  http://www.gastrobarstamford.com/

Price: $$-$$$

Do they take reservations?  No

Attire:  Casual

Vibe: Funky, European

Outdoor Seating?  YES!

Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:30 AM – 1:00 AM

Sunday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

-Cristina