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Italian Bakery, Deli, Eatery, All in One: Trattoria Biagio in Stirling

Biagio Iuliano and his wife, Carmela Arale, have run Trattoria Biagio since 2003. They renovated and expanded the Stirling establishment in 2016. It offers “polished cuisine in an elegant setting,” for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Seafood fra diavolo with squid-ink pasta
Seafood fra diavolo with squid-ink pasta
Photo by Deborah Carter

Trattoria Biagio
Stirling
239 Main Avenue
908-350-8064

Open:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Tues–Sun

Price: $/$$ BYO

Style: A bakery, deli and Italian eatery with an adjacent dining room offering polished cuisine in an elegant setting.

The Scoop: Biagio Iuliano and his wife, Carmela Arale, who have run the eatery since 2003, moved it from Long Hill to Stirling in 2011. In 2016, they ventured a major expansion that elevated both atmosphere and fare.

The Menu: For breakfast, start with sticky buns , airy croissants or an egg, cheese and meat sandwich on fresh-baked ciabatta. Lunch offers nearly 50 options, including sandwiches such as a hot Italian-style cheese steak with marinara and mozzarella and a cold Sloppy Biagio, with ham, turkey, Swiss and coleslaw on house-baked multigrain. Sicilian pizza is sold by the slice. Dinner raises the bar with starters like silky beef meatballs in “Nonna’s” tomato sauce. House-made pastas and entrées include a winning osso buco and salmon. Specials, such as seafood fra diavolo with squid-ink pasta (pictured), are worth trying, as are sides such as crisp Brussels sprouts with bacon. No room for dessert? Take home pignoli-nut cookies or a “lobster tail” pastry filled with Chantilly cream.

Heads Up: Biagio’s offers wines from Beneduce Vineyards in Pittstown. On Sundays, stop by the bakery for fresh doughnuts.

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Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    Breakfast - Italian
  • Price Range:
    Moderate
  • Ambience:
    A bakery, deli and Italian eatery with an adjacent dining room offering polished cuisine in an elegant setting.