Our Story

Located in the heart of downtown Ridgefield, TerraSole Ristorante is a product of Owner Pietro Polini’s culinary upbringing in Puglia, Italy. Pietro introduced his charming Italian restaurant in 2009 upon meticulously renovating its farmhouse building. TerraSole is framed in exposed wood beams, hardwood flooring, eclectic Italian artwork, and natural sunlight. An intimate bar and additional seating area is reminiscent of an Italian piazza and sidewalk café which opens up onto a delightful boutique lined neighborhood. A private garden patio seats 50, adding to the 65-seat main dining room.

Pietro Polini arrived in the states in 1999 and began working his way through New York City kitchens before establishing himself in Connecticut. He managed the popular Siena Ristorante in Stamford and prior to introducing TerraSole, he opened Malvasia restaurant in Rimini Italy. The Polini family continues to own and operate restaurants in Italy today, and when Mamma Polini is in town it’s a family affair, offering her popular cooking classes to eager-to-learn food enthusiasts.

TerraSole’s kitchen is led by Executive Chef Eugene Jerome, formerly of Siena Ristorante in Stamford and Ristorante DiSopra in Greenwich. Together, he and Pietro create TerraSole’s extensive weekly specials and seasonal menus. Inn addition to house made pasta and desserts, domestic and imported specialty ingredients are sourced from such quality producers as; Salumeria Biellese and Murray’s Cheese in New York; Chicago’s Allen Brothers for aged steaks; Le Veneziane gluten free pasta imported from Italy; market fresh fish from New England fishermen; and locally grown produce whenever possible. Pietro also sources and imports his own olive oil, which is bottled under a private label and sold in the restaurant.

TerraSole boasts an impressive, mostly Italian varietal wine program with more than 200 wines by the bottle and 20 exceptional wines offered by the glass. House made seasonal 'cello is a customer favorite with such flavors as, limoncello, meloncello, and espresso chocolate-cello. Cocktails are crafted using fresh squeezed juices and season produce.

TerraSole is thrilled to call Ridgefield home. The Polini family looks forward to having you at their table.

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