239 Main Avenue
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.Click here to leave a comment
What's a Quick Bite? Short takes on casual, affordable dining.
Cuisine Type:Breakfast - Italian
Ambience:A bakery, deli and Italian eatery with an adjacent dining room offering polished cuisine in an elegant setting.