Cinzano’s, a staple of Fairfield’s restaurant scene for three decades, has gone out of business.
Located at 1920 Black Rock Turnpike, the family-owned Cinzano’s offered an old-school Italian restaurant style, complete with white tablecloths and colorful murals of the Tuscan countryside. But over the past several years, Fairfield saw a new wave of grab-and-go franchises and fast casual eateries emerge and Cinzano’s began to look like a relic from a bygone era. In an August 2016 interview with the Fairfield Citizen, restaurant owner Robert Santangeli acknowledged that his establishment did not change with the times.
“It’s been a bit of a struggle,” he stated. “It’s a little outdated. People don’t want fine dining with white tablecloths anymore. We used to have a line out the door — not anymore.”
Cinzano’s location is being taken over by Ole Dog Tavern, a Connecticut chain with restaurants in Stratford and Oxford.