Dolce Cubano Rum Bar & Restaurant to Spice up Stamford Waterfront

12 Apr

Instagramriffic! Snuggle up to this view every time you visit Dolce Cubano…

Dolce Cubano is now open!  Check out our review of Dolce Cubano.

If you’re familiar with Stamford restaurants by the water, you’ve probably had some food and drink down at Paradise Grill (next to The Crab Shell).  And if you’re familiar with what really great food is, then you were probably disappointed. With such a great spot, it could’ve been so much more! Well OmNom’ers, it will be because Paradise Grill is gone and a new kind of paradise is taking over from Nick Racanelli Sr. & Jr., owners of the beloved Pizzeria Molto Wine Bar in Fairfield and Zaza Italian Gastrobar in Stamford.

Danny checks out the bar, soon to be fitted with carrera marble

Yup, the new restaurant is called Dolce Cubano Restaurant and Rum Bar.  Rum bar?  Oh heck yeah.  When’s the last time (if ever) you hit up a rum bar and you weren’t at some sort of tropical destination? And, in addition to a ton of rum drinks, there will be wine, beer, mixed drinks and dishes of Cuban meets Italian cuisine. Say what? Yeah, a totally unique and totally awesome concept.

At the end will be a swanky lounge area with couches and chairs

Just imagine the delicious classic Italian dishes the Racanelli boys are known for and mix them up with a little sexy, spicy Cuban flare. The menu hasn’t been completely worked out yet, but we can imagine perhaps ingredients like sofrito, lime, corn, and cilantro will be mixed in with pasta, or  spicy pork meatballs even. The possibilities are endless. They also plan to have classic Cuban dishes to spice things up such as various pork dishes, seafood dishes, yucca, plantains and maybe even paella. Oh, and we heard the word tacos mentioned, though it might be off the record! We’re salivating thinking about it! And, just like Zaza and Molto, you’ll be able to order from a large menu of small plates and select entrees.

Lots of room here at Dolce Cubano!

As if the food wasn’t enticing enough, let us tell you about the space and decor! Wow! First, every seat will have a view of the beautiful water with a huge wall of giant floating glass doors (just like at Zaza) that will surely be wide open all summer long for a nice breeze! The decor will be rich, swanky and sexy, just like Zaza and Molto, but with a few Cuban twists to give you that tropical feel. Best of all, there will be plenty of room for you to bring your entire crew. You can start off with some cocktails at the ginormous (I mean it’s ridonkulously huge) oval-shaped, 360° bar to the left when you walk in. Then when my fellow ladies have had enough of standing in your 6″ heels (I know how you roll), you can have a seat near the bar at one of their high-top tables or on a sofa or lounge chair in the swanky lounge area off to the side near the glass doors.  If it’s a beautiful night, you could even just start out at the outdoor bar and patio and enjoy the stars! When you’re ready to sit down and enjoy some tasty dishes, you can grab one of the many sexy red booths along the glass doors, or if you have a larger group, one of the two large u-shaped tables facing outside or the large community table near the cozy fireplace. And if it’s date night, you can snuggle up at one of the more quaint, smaller tables.  No matter what you choose, you can’t lose!

Of course nights will be hot at Dolce Cubano, but they also plan to have lunch and brunch to bring some excitement to your day! All of which will be livened up with upbeat, electronic music and even live bands and DJs on busier evenings and nights.

A view from the outside bar. How do you like your rum?

We are very excited for Nick Racanelli Jr. and Sr. for the summer launch of their new hot spot and we’re excited for ourselves and Stamfordites because it’s going to be awesome!  The location is perfect, there is an endless amount of parking, and the food and drink promises to spice up Stamford quite a bit and the decor will be fabulous! When we find out more info (like when they will open), we’ll let you know.

A special thank you to Nick (Jr.) for meeting up with us and showing us around.

Dolce Cubano Restaurant and Rum Bar

Address: 78 Southfield Ave.

Stamford, CT

Phone:  203-871-0700

Opening:  Summer



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31 Responses to “Dolce Cubano Rum Bar & Restaurant to Spice up Stamford Waterfront”

  1. Peri June 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    well, as the owners have not been smart enough to answer email or mail; now they can contend with the Better Business Bureau which will be contacting them shortly.


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro June 10, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

      So sorry that happened, Peri. :( Your clothes are ruined, I guess?


      • Peri June 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

        Yes, they are. More than anything, it was the total lack of response and poor attitude. Accidents DO happen. Handle it graciously, but do not pretend that it did not happen.


  2. Peri June 9, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    we went, they were rude. busboy ruined my clothing my dumping a dish of olive oil down my back while clearing. nick promised to make good but has not done so!


  3. Georgia May 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Any opening date yet?mothers day ????


    • Dan Del Ferraro May 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

      Still got a while Georgia. When it’s close to opening we will let you know.


  4. Anne-Marie May 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    My friends and I have been wondering for years how those 2 waterfront places could possibly stay in business…I went once and that was enough to know that I was going to stay downtown. It was a shame because I really wanted to have a cocktail by the waterfront in style. Sooo glad to be venturing back to the waterfront…hurry hurry!! ;-)


  5. Sherry April 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    Can’t wait! Sounds great! I live not to far from there and am looking forward to your new place! Food sounds like its Going to be amazing!! Please keep us up to date for opening day!! Best of luck”!
    Thanks. Sherry C


    • Dan Del Ferraro April 25, 2012 at 7:40 am #

      Oh, you’re lucky Sherry. There’s lots of awesome stuff planned for that area. Water taxis….lots of fun stuff! We are just so excited to see this restaurant come up. We’ll definitely let you know more info as it breaks. :)


  6. misterbelly April 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    You had me at Rum Bar.


  7. whitemist April 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    we will wait with baited breath – there is a lot of work to get this place up to HD specs – it will be great when it is ready!


  8. George April 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm #



  9. Dolce Cubano April 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    We can’t wait to open either! Dan and Kristien will be kept up-to-date on everything so keep checking back!

    Also phone number: 203-871-0700 and website:


  10. whitemist April 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    it is the Cuban part i am interested in…very much!


  11. CJ Kane April 12, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Oh No! Not this kid again!!! His Dad builds great restaurants with great food but lets his child run these beautiful places. Well hopefully they will be busy enough that he can get lost in the crowd. Good luck. Cant wait to eat OUTSIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  12. uhcowboys April 12, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    AWESOME!!! Very promising that this effort is being led by the same folks that are behind ZAZA. Cant Wait For Summer! Cant Wait For Summer (i’m chanting that haha)


    • Dan Del Ferraro April 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      Yeah, we’re excited too. CT is an awesome place to be! :) Just a few blocks away, too, is Half Full Brewery, so Nick plans to have their beer at Dolce Cubano, too.


  13. Tergis Team April 12, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Sounds like a very promising eatery.


    • Dan Del Ferraro April 12, 2012 at 7:39 am #

      We think so too. It’ll just be nice and chill, relaxing. We’re also super exciting about the small plates that will be served! Ahhhh



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