Come and Experience

IT IS ALL ABOUT GOOD FOOD

(203) 269-5303

Come and Experience

IT IS ALL ABOUT GOOD FOOD

Come and Experience

IT IS ALL ABOUT GOOD FOOD

(203) 269-5303

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OUR STORY

25 years ago, Michael Tiscia, opened Michael’s Trattoria, with the idea of providing affordable
fine Italian dining to build bonds in the community he loves. Ever since Michael was young, he
was surrounded by Italian food, from his Italian roots. He started off working under his father at
their

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family owned Italian restaurant in Stamford, where he learned the basics that would lead him to opening his first restaurant in Norwalk in his 20’s. After early success, Michael wanted to broaden his skills before he could make his true dream restaurant. In his mid 20’s Michael made the choice to go west and trained under a Master Chef, to add fine dining to his resume.

After working as head chef, at Victoria Station, a well-known national steakhouse, he became an expert of proteins It was here he catered to many celebrities including Elton John, Donna Summers and the Blues Brothers movie debut. Michael came back to Connecticut, where he mastered his French cooking skills at La Pavion Hotel, a 5 Star restaurant in Stamford. In the mid 80’s Michael and his brother opened a frozen pizza company, Bravo Pizza. They had product in over 3000 grocery stores from Maine to Florida. After enjoying being able to make food on a larger scale, Michael realized something was just missing. He needed to get back to the small roots of a restaurant where bonds were built with the community. It was at this point Michael opened up Michael’s Trattoria where he’s since built a bond with the community by providing excellent food with value prices.

Since its foundation Michaels has always made sure to have fresh quality beef, with perfect marbling, and Non-Antibiotic chicken to make sure his food matches his standard. All of the sauces, soups, salad dressings, dipping oils are made daily in house. All of Michael’s Italian recipes are passed down from his family then improved by Michael using his many years of experience. To get back to where it all started Michael also has fresh oven fired pizza available to go, or if you are just relaxing at the bar or lounge. If you have a special event or a large gathering Michael’s can accommodate you in one of our four private room, or if you want to have your event at home, Michael’s also caters events. Michael’s is open 7 day’s a week so if you’re hungry, we’re open.

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Some Reviews

Michael's Trattoria
4.5
Based on 446 reviews
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Tom McCarthy
Tom McCarthy
20:05 10 Sep 22
I was recommended this spot when I asked what to eat around Wallingford. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with my... food, it seemed to be over cooked and inedible. I had to throw it out shortly after receiving it, and went elsewhere. The spot is nicely set up and in a good location. Staff was friendly and attentive. Overall, I’m understanding of mistakes and am hopeful the food will be better next time.read more
Matt Hartline
Matt Hartline
12:43 25 Aug 22
The wife and I visited recently for our anniversary. We both had excellent meals and a great experience. We love the... atmosphere and the ability to "people watch" through their glass windows. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly. Meals were priced very well and portions were generous. We have been coming here for the good part of 15 years and will continue to do so. I highly recommend coming here.read more
Iain McClatchie
Iain McClatchie
21:14 15 May 22
The place was crowded, but there was plenty of seating outside, which is what we wanted anyway. They've got outside... seating out back as well, which would probably be quieter than the tables or front.Staff was friendly and reasonably quick.Try the tuna tartare tacos. Spicy, crunchy, gooey, I'm getting hungry writing this review.Spent $50/person. I had two appetizers rather than an appetizer and a main. That was a good choice, portions are large (and I'm a 230 lb guy) and mains are $35-40/plate.The front doesn't look like much, but that doesn't matter, does it?read more
Cat Collins
Cat Collins
21:49 13 Apr 22
Fantastic food. Wonderful staff. All around great experience. Would recommend 10 fold.
Craig Knowles
Craig Knowles
14:05 05 Apr 22
The food and atmosphere was definately great! I highly recommend making a reservation especially on a weekend. We sat... in the small room off the bar which was nice with 4 other tables in the room. We ordered drinks chocolate martini and a center street ipa. We ordered dinner, chicken marsala with angel hair pasta(the pasta was a special that night), chicken and artichoke withangel hair pasta, penne al vodka with chicken and finally 12oz new york strip steak. All meals came with salad or soup, warm garlic bread for the table. Food was excellent and well prepared. Only downside was the room we were in was close to the bar which was standing room only in there. Also they only serve pizza in the bar area not in the dinnin rooms.read more
Preston Barnett
Preston Barnett
03:14 18 Mar 22
As is typical, the pizza was delicious.The beer was beautifully chilled.Service was welcoming as well as... thorough.Always an excellent place if these are the things matter.As they should.read more
Margo Dailey
Margo Dailey
20:09 13 Mar 22
I had an awful experience coming back to Connecticut to help my elderly aunt who recently suffered a severe stroke. Not... knowing the area, I Googled Italian restaurants near me and got Michael's Trattoria.Let me tell you, when I went to pick up the food, the restaurant was busy, and the music was great.I had the Rigatoni Bolognese and it was AMAZING!!I want to give a special thank you to Maria, who went above and beyond to make the end of my day a pleasure. I had an absolutely awful trip back to Connecticut and she made me smile. She's awesome and Michael's Trattoria is lucky to have such a wonderful, caring person working for them!read more
Marsha Vezina
Marsha Vezina
22:19 07 Mar 22
Excellent...excellent...excellentQuiet atmosphere, great staff, didn't have to wait long for our food. The waitress... went above and beyond to make us happy. This restaurant enlarged itself by purchasing what was my father's luncheonette. So it was an extra edition to compensate for the volume of people that go there..MMMMMread more
Frederick Raudat
Frederick Raudat
13:55 21 Feb 22
Food was good, but my return to Michael‘s was disappointing. Waitress turned away as I was telling her what app I... wanted and she took the entire order of other table of four women who were seated after us. Didn‘t compensate by giving us any kind of extra attention throughout the night… (she was not new to this job)…no check in the folder, forgets water blames on bus boy, long delay for food, cappuccino. Waits and clears two other tables who arrived after us. Wanted to impress my friend, but was embarrassed!read more
Tricia C
Tricia C
19:58 12 Feb 22
Love coming here for lunch. When it's nice out sidewalk dining provides plenty of people watching. Lunch specials are... amazing and everything is tasty. Their plain red sauce is fantastic. Friendly.read more
Stephanie
Stephanie
02:12 12 Jan 22
Had a lovely birthday meal with my fiance tonight. Wait staff were super pleasant all round and the dining room was... clean and very warm! We had the Sicilian calamari (delicious and plentiful), swordfish florentine and penne a la vodka with shrimp. Everything was cooked just right and we finished it all. Drinks were a grapefruit martini, espresso martini, and keoke coffee; they were all delicious. Needless to say we can't wait to go back!read more
Beth Scavello
Beth Scavello
20:08 13 May 20
Always a great time and amazing food and service. It could be date night or a work event, service is always friendly... and efficient. Chef is so talented!! It’s a must for some genuine awesome Italian fareread more
Rich Nottellingu
Rich Nottellingu
14:22 07 Mar 20
This was my first visit to this wonderful restaurant. There were four of us for lunch and we all loved the food. Our... waiter Gino was terrific and made our lunch exceptional. It should get ten stars! I can't wait to go back!read more
Vincent Afasano
Vincent Afasano
15:50 01 Jan 20
The food was great! However, Geno, the waiter, could have been more knowledgeable about the menu. I wanted the pasta... bolognese with short pasta but was advised that it was not available. So I ordered another dish. However, when one of our friends ordered a different dish with pasta, it came with short pasta. Why couldn't I have the short pasta? Obviously, the waiter did not seem happy in his job and it showed the way we were treated.read more
Jacqueline Dunn
Jacqueline Dunn
13:23 21 Dec 19
We had our work Christmas party there last night. Everything was amazing, the food was delicious, the service was on... point and it was a great atmosphere. We also always get pizza from there for the office and its delicious and the best pizza in the Wallingford area!read more
Alfredo Axtmayer
Alfredo Axtmayer
23:22 09 Dec 19
Brief visit to pick up credit card I left 2 weeks ago. Safely in register. Way to go. A place you can trust.
Melanie Conelli
Melanie Conelli
17:11 23 Nov 19
We absolutely can't stop raving about Michael's! The food, the ambiance and the staff was incredible. Already have... another date set to go!read more
Steven Lockhart
Steven Lockhart
19:34 26 Oct 19
Love This Place Micheal Is So Awesome Makes My Wife And Myself Feel At Home Food Is Superb going tonight
Sal D'Iorio
Sal D'Iorio
18:49 06 Oct 19
Can not say enough good things about this place. Food and service was excellent!!
Luiza Bradley
Luiza Bradley
03:24 21 Aug 19
First time here, had Great food and service. Nice size portions. Looking forward to coming back soon.
Brian Sheehan
Brian Sheehan
16:29 16 Aug 19
Cozy place with great food. Shared several different appetizers and we were not dissappointed in any of them. The... chicken marsala was amazing, as well as the salad dressing. Very friendly waitress as well. Only problem was finding parking, but we managed to eventually. Have been several times so far and will definitely be going back.read more
David Myles
David Myles
22:40 08 Aug 19
Great Italian food 18- 26$ for most items. I had the veal parmesan with bread and a salad. It was delicious.
Brandon Nobile
Brandon Nobile
00:04 15 Jul 19
Great location with a fantastic variety of cuisine! Prices are very fair and the wait staff are very friendly and help... you within a very prompt and timely manner. The only reason I gave it 4/5 was because I tried 2 entrees that normally, I'd be very taken with. But when I tasted it, it wasn't nearly what I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, the food was delicious just not quite what I was expecting. I still highly recommend this place and will most likely return visit!read more
Paige Doyle
Paige Doyle
03:10 19 Feb 19
Comfortable atmosphere and delicious food! We'll definitely be back!
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LOCATION

344 Center Street
Wallingford, CT 06492

CONTACT

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(203) 269-5303

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OPENING HOURS

MON. 4:00 pm-10:00 pm

TUES. 4:00 pm-10:00 pm

WED. 11:30am-10:00 pm

THURS. 11:30 am-11:00 pm

FRIDAY 11:30 am-12:00 am

SATURDAY 11:30 am-12:00 am

SUNDAY 12:00 pm -9:00 pm