This is the strangest and most delightful thing that has happened to me recently. That's saying something because a lot of strange, and sometimes delightful things seem to happen to me on the daily.
I desired delivery pizza from T & B so I called. They answered. I asked about delivery. The pleasant fellow on the phone said he wasn't certain they could deliver today. So, he put Â me on hold for a second and came back with the go-ahead. They would deliver. Huzzah! I really felt like their chopped salad(yum), and the kids were craving the bacon pizza (to die).
In under a half hour--it seemed like 15 minutes, but that isn't possible, is it?--a rather dapper gent pulled up to my house, topless... I mean his car was topless...it was a convertible, so that was okay. He had my pizza and salad in hand, and the poor guy looked warm, really warm. It's like a thousand degrees outside after all.
So, I say to the hot guy...with his topless car... (having fun yet?) that I really appreciated them working out the delivery thing. I was super hungry and afraid I would melt on the way to their restaurant, so delivery was really important. He said, no worries. "We didn't have a car today, so I came. I'm the owner."
The guy shlepped the pizza here himself, AND wouldn't take a tip.
I love the food here. Its always good. The guy behind the bar is always cool with giving me beer/wine advice and he makes a mean martini--but this? The class and dedication nearly had me tearing up. The owner himself made sure I was not let down and I had my delivery pizza.
Who does that anymore?
Thanks from the bottom of my heart to the folks at Tomato & Basil for the best food ever, their outstanding service, above and beyond the call of duty. Wow.
We have been to this restaurant a number of times and have realy enjoyed the salads, soups and entrees....
Today's early dinner visit was a huge disappointment.
After being seated with menus we waited 15 minutes for some attention in a very lightly filled room. We saw the servers in the back of the restaurant all talking and using their phones, essentially ignoring us and the other customers, very frustrating.
We decided to leave for another more customer friendly restaurant down the road.
A very negative experience.....They have lost a customer and any recommendation to friends,
Ordinary food. Waitress couldn't really care about us or our food. "Eggplant salad" special was basically a $15 greens plate with cheese. We were served entrees less than half way into our appetizer. Definitely trying to turn over tables even though there were only 2 other tables occupied. Most likely wouldn't go back.Review Source:
Very cool place! Started with their appetizer of hummus and fresh bread. Hummus on top of greens gave a good contrast of bitter with hummus. My entree was a salmon salad. Pretty good just the salmon was a little salty. I would definitely go back and try another entree. Their pizza smells so good! My companions loved them.Review Source:
I've never actually sat down and had a meal in the restaurant but I've ordered takeout twice.
The first time I've tried Tomato & Basil, the quality of the food was great and it was absolutely delicious! I had it delivered and the service was great.
The second time I ordered, I went to pick it up. When I got there, it was around 3 PM and there were no customers except two people sitting outside. The employees were sitting in the back, eating. I don't know if they saw us or not, but they definitely did not get up to help us. We had to them and "interrupt" their meal. We were there about half an hour after we ordered and they still did not have our meal ready. So that day, the service was extremely poor.
I ordered a chicken avocado sandwich and the chicken was soggy. The bread was way too salty and our baked lasagna was crusty.
I don't really know where I stand with Tomato & Basil because it was so amazing one day and then it's completely disappointing the next.
Bottom line is, their service and food is really inconsistent.
Decided to have dinner here on a Tuesday night. The first two things we chose were sold out. Once we picked something that was not sold out, we wanted to substitute Pasta for mashed potatoes. The waiter refused even though there was not a price difference. He was so rude and raised his voice at us. Â It was the worst service ever. I will never return!!!!!!Review Source:
Won't bother again. Customer service is horrible. Â 2 of us wanted to sit outside for lunch. Â The only tables available were a 2 in the sun with no umbrella and a table for 4 with an umbrella. Â We asked for the table with the umbrella because we did not want to sit directly in the sun. Â The server/hostess said she could not seat us at the table for 4 in the event a party of 4 came along. Â Â I shot her a dirty look and we left.Review Source:
Love this place. A great little gem on the black rock turnpike. The food is always good, and the staff is friendly. They also have a great wine list and there are always some interesting beers on tap.
I am a huge fan of their salads and their daily specials.
The small salad is usually enough as dinner for me and always tastes great.
Will definitely go back again!
Absolutely terrible! Please spare yourself from the terrible food and service. Â To start, our waitress was rude and upon our arrival, greeted us from behind the counter next to our table. Â The fried calamari was the only somewhat decent item but still tasted bland and was an absurdly tiny portion. Â Our main courses took FOREVER to arrive, and when they finally did, were the wrong orders. Â Linguini instead of penne and the wrong dressings for salads added even more time to our wait before we could actually eat. Â When we finally did, we were NOT pleasantly surprised. Â The pasta tasted artificial and the salad contained pieces of white romaine lettuce. Â It was pretty disgusting. Â Definitely do not recommend trying this place!Review Source:
An old highschool friend of mine lost her baby so my girlfriends and I wanted to send her some food. We live on the West Coast. I called this restaurant, let them know the situation and asked them to deliver food to her house. If for some reason she wasn't there they could leave it by her front door but I asked them to let her know who it was from. I let them know we hadn't seen her in over 10 years so important to get our names down correctly, so I spelled them out. etc.I got a call saying that they weren't home so they left the food but they didn't leave any info about who it was from because they were planning on doing it verbally. I asked if they could just write who it was from on the bag. He said the driver had already left and he didn't know what to tell me. Thanks dude for your help and your caring! Don't bother with these guys, I don't care if they food is great.Review Source:
Tomato & Basil is a much-needed little gem on Blackrock. The outside is misleading. It almost looks like a low-end chain restaurant, but inside you'll find a cute little bar and intimate restaurant. It's definitely out of place next to a bank and strip mall, but the food is better than decent and the bartenders are friendly.
I've come here with family for dinner and other times with some girlfriends for drinks. They have a nice wine selection and the bartender let my friend sample a couple different wines before she was happy with the right red. I tried to pomegranate cocktail after a prosecco and wasn't impressed. Can't speak to their other cocktails, but there are a few to pick from.
The food is simple and fresh- spicy mussels as an appetizer, calamari, fresh rolls with olive oil, penne alla vodka, pizzas, etc. It's Italian food, well executed. Not the American "Italian" food slathered with red sauce.
Edit: Just reading through some of the 1-star reviews here, and they're really undeserved; if you said the food was "mediocre", rate a 2 or 3. You didn't get food poisoning, and your food was edible, wasn't it? Mixing up pasta or getting flecks of lettuce where it shouldn't be doesn't warrant a one-star rating.
Good service but terrible food. Worse meatball I ever had. Had to put salt over my spaghetti. Calamari was ok but so overpriced for that small plate including the tentacles,looks like they put 2 sauces on the plate to look full. Pizza was greasy. Penne Ala vodka wasn't good either. Won't go back!Review Source:
Tomato and Basil is a wonderful little restaurant and bar located in a rather nondescript spot on Black Rock turnpike. Don't be fooled by its small location next to a bank, this place is a wonderful spot. Though most of the trendier Fairfield restaurants are located closer to the Post Road, that's not to say some good ones don't exist in other parts of town.
Tomato and Basil carves a nice niche, it is a great place for a fresh and healthy lunch or dinner, especially with smaller parties since its a bit cozy inside. The food itself is very good, and its the small things it really gets right. The salads are fresh and if you get a large, they are enormous. If you are a sandwich person, their pizza bread and ingredients make for delicious Panninis. Â I've also never gone wrong with any of the specials. Prices are reasonable too, especially the sandwiches.
But what really makes the place stand out is their beer selection. They have about 6-8 rotating taps that always have something delicious and hard to find on the draft menu. If you are from the Fairfield area, its nice not to have to travel to New Haven or SONO for some quality beers. I've never been to their beer dinners, but since they've all sold out I assume its a pretty big hit. Hope the owners keep up their beer offerings, it really sets them apart.
Overall, I've been a few times with the girlfriend and friends/family a couple other times, and every visit leaves me satisfied. There's usually a nice, full crowd who seem very pleased as well. Glad we have Tomato and Basil in the area!
Pasta fagiola was excellent. Â Very flavorful. Â My entree was the chicken picatta. Â It was slightly salty but still very lemony and tasty I ate it all. Â My wife had the Porchni Risotto , which was creamy, mushrooms were meaty and it went well with a glass of Cabernet. My daughter had the chopped salad and my son had a calzone with a side of meatballs. Â Both were good. The meatballs were a bit on the bready side but tasty.
Overall, even though it was a bit pricey, we had a very good food experience in this upscale pizzeria. I am looking forward to try out other dishes next time I visit.
I've been to this restaurant over a dozen times, the first week they opened this summer, and more recently. Â Each time, I'm impressed. Â First of all, so reasonably priced. Â Second, service is just great. Â The bartenders ( I always sit at the bar so I can not critique the actual servers), are always friendly, can intelligently suggest a glass of wine, take the time to squeeze fresh lime juice in my cosmos, and really make you feel at home. Â
The food is excellent, I'm making my way through the menu, and I've repeated a few of my favorites which are the Pasta Fagioli soup. Â Thick hearty red broth, lots of slow simmered flavor, beans, and mini ditalinis. Â Delicious. Â My favorite pizza is a white pie, (they blend mozzarella and ricotta), fresh tomato, basil, and garlic. Â Perfect crust, not greasy, very light. Â Try the side of meatballs, I wish I had the recipe, and I think I make a great meatball. Â
Try it, dress up, or go in comfys, it doesn't matter! Â You'll love it.
The owners are floating around, making drinks, talking to customers, and making you feel right at home.