Local haunt meets date-night spot serving Italian comfort food. Flat-screen TVs, a handful of tables and a granite bar up front give way to a spacious dining room.
West Orange natives and siblings Nicholas Giambattista and Andrea Giambattista-Barbaro, along with their spouses, are first-time restaurateurs with deep roots in the area.
To start, fried zucchini fritters deliciously ooze ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan. The terrific stuffed avocado is filled with crab, shrimp, tomato and red onion, then drizzled with balsamic. Mains are varied: house-made pastas, braised short ribs, garlic-herb seared salmon. A slew of salads can be topped with chicken, shrimp or steak. Thin-crust pizzas, like the eggplant (above) and the creative Peppered Pig with mozzarella, blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onion and cracked pepper, are delicious. For dessert, try Love Knot cookies, a rich butter cookie with anisette icing and rainbow sprinkles, or the fried zeppolis, served piping hot.
The ample menu is supplemented by nightly specials. Free parking in the nearby municipal lot.Click here to leave a comment
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