Aloi closes its doors
Main Street Italian eatery Aloi, which had invited diners in with its quaint space and gourmet food since 2004, has closed its doors.
The restaurant, owned by Margherita Aloi and her husband Cliff, had been located in prime space across from Town Hall at 62 Main Street The restaurant served its last diner last Saturday night before going out of business.
Aloi could not be reached for comment, but reportedly the restaurant had been suffering from overcrowding in the busy Main Street restaurant scene, and was not attracting the crowds it once did. Also, according to New Canaan Chamber of Commerce officials, the Aloi's are entertaining several offers from other restaurateurs to buy the building.
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"They are definitely closed," said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tucker Murphy. "She's opened up another restaurant in Shelton and just had a baby and she just couldn't do all three of those things 100 Percent. Aloi is what was put on the chopping block."
Last May, Aloi opened up Il Palio, a Tuscan-style Italian restaurant located on Corporate Drive in Shelton. She didn't return calls seeking comment, but a visit to Aloi last week found an empty space with stacked boxes and a sign on the door indicating that the building was for sale.
Aloi had started at the restaurant as executive chef for Bel Mare, the predecessor restaurant at the location, and later purchased the building. A native of Italy, she turned it into Aloi, which featured homemade pastas and simple entrees, enjoyed either indoors and al fresco out on the restaurant's terrace.