A 44-year-old man with addresses in both New Canaan and Stamford has been charged with violating a restraining order, a felony offense, after he went to an ex-girlfriend’s Weed Street house, police said.
James Dadio, pictured, who gave police addresses on Main Street in New Canaan and Alvord Lane in Stamford, had been under an order since last year that forbids him from visiting his 43-year-old ex, according to New Canaan Police Sgt. Carol Ogrinc.
At 3:08 p.m. on Feb. 4, police received a call from the ex-husband of Dadio’s former girlfriend, saying that “there was a person at the home that wasn’t supposed to be there,” Ogrinc said.
According to police, Dadio when confronted said that his ex-girlfriend had told him that he could come over to talk.
Unrelated to this arrest, Dadio is the owner of Manero’s Gourmet Alley on Elm Street, formerly Reid’s Country Kitchen. He also had been co-owner and head butcher at Tuscan on Main Street in New Canaan, now closed though it had been popular during its short life and was chosen as the best Italian place in town by local Patch readers.
Ogrinc confirmed that the New Canaan address given by Dadio is also that of Tuscan on Main Street.
According to Connecticut Judicial Branch records, Dadio has been convicted of two misdemeanors following arrests in Greenwich and faces several other charges.
He pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree larceny charge in March 2006 and again to second-degree breach of peace in August 2010.
On Dec. 30, 2010, Greenwich police arrested Dadio for driving under the influence.
On Feb. 4, 2011, Greenwich police again arrested Dadio for making threatening phone calls to a business where he formerly had been a partner, Greenwich Prime Meats on Bruce Park Avenue. The business had been launched by members of the old Manero’s Steakhouse on Steamboat Road in Greenwich after that venerable restaurant was shut down and razed in 2006 to make way for condominiums.
In that instance, Dadio was charged with second-degree threatening, second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct.
On May 31, 2012, New Canaan police served a warrant out of Greenwich charging Dadio with second-degree violation of condition of release. Darien police arrested him on Dec. 10, 2012 for violating a protective order.
Dadio could not be reached Monday at Manero’s in New Canaan.
Following the charges from last week in New Canaan , Dadio was released on $1,000 bond and scheduled to appear Feb. 5 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.