Station House Square
2505 Main Street
A new Northern Italian restaurant has opened up in Stratford Center, Fishbar de Milan. Fishbar de Milan is not the classic fish restaurant despite its name. They offer a unique concept that offers a fresh and refined selection of international seafood dishes. From American fishburgers and lobster rolls to excellent French oysters and shellfish from all over the world.
The staff has experience in the restaurant industry. Lead by Claudio Santo, who founded and sold Jefferies in Milford, and also owns and operates Fishbar de Milan in Italy; Linda Manos, who guided her family’s restaurant, Pepins,
In keeping with Northern Italy cuisine they have both a French Chef, Viven Coatanroch, as well as Guelilou Abdoul Quedaogo from Milan. Their beverage manager is Melissa Tristine.
Claudio is from Milan, married with 4 boys, and has lived in Stratford for the last 14 years. Why Stratford for his restaurant? “I love it here.”
Is there a difference between Italian diners and American diners?
There is a lot of differences between Italian food and Italian American food.
Most of the Italian immigrants were from Naples and Sicily and they have tomato sauce and garlic as a primary food which is not what we eat in the rest of Italy
Chicken parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana, spaghetti with meatball, penne vodka, spaghetti Alfredo sauce, are not Italian food in Italy, and many other dishes, like lasagna for example are done in a very different way.
Italian food is very regional; every region has his own food but I have to say chicken in Italy is not a popular as much in USA.
Is your chef from Italy also?
Yes we have a Italian chef straight from Italy.
What is your favorite dish?
My favorite dish is Risotto alla Milanese with sausage.
They serve Brunch on Sunday’s and are open for Lunch and Dinner.
• Hours of operation
Sun 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. open until 8 p.m.
Lunch: Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:45 pm
Dinner: Mon–Thu 4:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Fri, Sat 11:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
You may not find spaghetti and meatballs (but they have a mean meatball sandwich for lunch) on the menu, but there are both meals that are not your typical spaghetti and meatballs what most diners
[Cover Photo: From left to right: Viven Coatanroch, Melissa Tristine, Linda Manos, Buelilou Abdoul Quedraogo, Claudio Santo]