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Modern Take on Italian Cuisine

Agim Ismali and his son Artan thought that something was missing in the Danbury restaurant scene and decided to jump feet first into a delicious new venture. The result is Mazzo on Newtown Road, at the former site of the Old Sorrento.

Inspired by eateries in Manhattan, Mazzo brings big city experience to Danbury. Agim said they wanted to do something different, something that no one else was doing in the Danbury area.

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With its high ceilings, chandeliers gently glowing with red light bulbs and black and white tiled floor, Mazzo exudes a youthful vibe and big city cool. The booths, chairs and bar stools are covered with rich red leather and the walls are adorned with sepia-colored prints of old world New York City. There is an expansive white marble-topped bar and ambient music playing in the background.

First and foremost, Mazzo bills itself as a mozzarella and wine bar, focused on Italian tapas. The idea is to be able to sample and share with friends. You can order cocktails, draft and bottled beer and wine. In fact, all of their 50 wines are available either by the bottle or by the glass. The tapas are updated takes on classic Northern Italian flavors like fig bruschetta with fig puree, goat cheese and crushed honey walnuts and filet mignon bruschetta with filet, caramelized onions and melted gorgonzola cheese. Their signature tapa is the mozzarella sampler featuring buffalo mozzarella, fresh mozzarella from a local farm in Hamden, CT, burrata, straciatella and smoked mozzarella served with roasted peppers, prosciutto and crostini.

Mazzo has an extensive menu of not just tapas but also paninis, pastas, seafood and meat entrees as well as wood-fired pizzas. If you

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