The Chef

Renato Donzelli

Executive Chef and Owner

Renato Donzelli, originally from Venezuela, grew up in an Italian family enjoying great and traditional dishes prepared by his mother and grandmother, learning old and basic culinary techniques.

After graduating in 1991 as a certified computer technician, he realized that cooking was his true passion. He continued with this career and was in 1997 when he decided to relocated to the USA. Renato held various Sous and Chef positions and worked at several renowned restaurants in Connecticut and New York. Working as a chef of cuisine and as a professional caterer for many years he decided to run his own catering business and open his own restaurant.

The Italian influence in his cooking is strong, with its use of herbs, fresh ingredients and simple full-flavored recipes.

Best known for his creativity and natural talent, Renato Donzelli is constantly reviving techniques from days gone by and using them in new ways to create food for the way people live and eat today.

About Basso Cafe

A warm and welcoming place inspired by the culture of the southern and eastern Mediterranean European regions with a South American flair.

An inventive menu of vibrant Mediterranean fare with South American accents revolves around an intimate and authentic setting, an expression of Chef Renato Donzelli’s cultural heritage featuring and encompassing a wide range of flavors selected from around the world. From tapas/small dishes to main courses and desserts, artful presentations, a knowledgeable and friendly staff, and an unpretentious atmosphere. Once inside you're virtually transported to the old continent.

Basso is named after the town of Campobasso located in the high basin of the Biferno river, surrounded by Sannio and Matese mountains. province of Molisse, Italy from where Renato’s father hails.

The striking, colorful décor and musical jazz background, occasionally live, sound along with the softly attenuated lighting and the comforting culinary aromas that float inside, providing a quality dining experience like no other in Fairfield county.

The wine and beverages program is composed by a diverse selection of  wine varieties, selected by Chef Renato Donzelli from across Europe, North and South America, also introducing this year his own signature wine. The intimate bar offers a superior selection of signature cocktails, winter/summer sangrias and craft beers, all to heighten your culinary dining experience. 

All these successful components are guided by chef Renato’s creativity, innovation, and steadfast belief in providing customers with a delightful locally-farmed quality product that also happens to be most delectable.

Welcome to Basso Cafe Restaurant & Bar.


We believe our staff at Basso Cafe represents the best in the industry.

Every member of the kitchen is dedicated to preparing outstanding cuisine and every server at our tables strives for excellence. Our team is cohesive, works hard and shares the same goal; offer patrons a fine dining experience to be savored and remembered.

In the kitchen our team strives for excellence in offering seasonal organic ingredients, treating nature's bounty simply and with respect.

The professional serving staff is knowledgeable and will gladly provide details about the day's menu. Our success is based upon bringing the best of ourselves to the task at hand, to engage and collaborate. We ask you to join in, dine with us, and enjoy.