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La Riviera Gastronomia

A no-frills Italian joint serving creatively prepared, home-style specialties.

La Riviera Gastronomia
429 Piaget Avenue, Clifton
973-772-9099

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11 am-9 pm; Fri, 11 am-9:30 pm; Sat, noon-9:30 pm; Sun, noon-8 pm

Price: $$

Style: Creatively prepared home-style Italian specialties in a no-frills storefront setting.

Don’t Miss: What you can’t miss is the excellent bruschetta—the tomato-and-basil-topped toasts are complimentary with dinner. The mussels appetizer ($13.95)—served with garlic-and-oil or marinara sauce—is exceptional as well. There are many soups and salads; a standout (and frequent special) is the caprese with fresh mozzarella ($9.95). The menu lists almost 30 pastas ranging from penne marinara ($16.95) to mussels and clams over linguini ($21.95). The outstanding shrimp Orecchiette à la Nonna tosses arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and plump shrimp over house-made ear-shaped pasta in a light garlic-and-oil sauce ($22.95). Chicken Murphy ($24.95) is a popular special just added to the regular menu. Generous meat, fish and chicken entrées range from $19.95 to $24.95. For dessert, there are complimentary chocolate mousse, cannoli or biscotti—or choose from one of several desserts on the menu.

Heads Up: La Riviera has only 10 tables, so be prepared to wait on weekends. Bring wine and cash. It’s BYO and they don’t take credit cards. Gluten-free and whole wheat pasta are available, and take-out orders are welcome.

The Scoop: This La Riviera is not to be confused with the more upscale La Riviera Trattoria next door. The two restaurants were once a partnership, but have been separately owned and operated for several years.

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Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    European - Italian
  • Price Range:
    Moderate
  • La Riviera Gastronomia
    429 Piaget Ave
    Clifton, NJ 07011
  • Hours:
    Mon-Thurs: 11:00am-9:00pm
    Fri/Sat: 11:00am-9:30pm
    Closed Sunday.

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