ANTHONY MARRA’S, LIVINGSTON
Stretches in Livingston, which closed in 2013, offered some items that were also on the menu at the popular Belmont Tavern in Belleville, such as chicken savoy and cavatelli with pot cheese. The former Stretches is now the location of the recently opened Anthony Marra’s, which is also offering some of the Belmont Tavern’s favorite dishes. This reasonably priced, old-school casual Italian restaurant provides another local dining option for the Safersteins.
Slightly cooked slices of vibrant orange carrots, a bottle of water and bread were placed on the table when we were seated. Ask for the herbed olive oil, which we found much more interesting than the butter.
We shared an appetizer of perfectly prepared broccoli rabe, charred sweet sausage and fresh slices of garlic. Entrees included a steaming bowl of cavatelli with pot cheese (which we finished off the next night) and a very acceptable double-cut pork chop giambotta. An abundance of fried potatoes, fresh, red-and-green peppers and onions covered the large piece of meat, and for $26—while it was not as tender as a Berkshire pork chop—the price, large portion, and accompaniments, made this an impressive dish. Except for house-made tiramisu served in a glass coffee cup, all desserts are from Nasto’s in Newark. Salads, pizza, daily specials are available, and we are looking forward to working our way through the menu. Make a reservation if you plan on dining here on a weekend, and be forewarned that the restaurant can get uncomfortably noisy when just half full.
Pork chop giambotta.
Photo courtesy of Lowell Saferstein
18 E Mount Pleasant Avenue
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