52 Speedwell Avenue
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11:30 am–3 pm and 5–9 pm; Fri and Sat, 11:30 am–3 pm and 5–10 pm; Sun, 4–9 pm.
Style: Creative Italian and Portuguese food in a recently renovated space with white tufted booths, metal chairs with red cushions, funky chandeliers made of wine bottles, black-and-white retro wall art and large-scale geometric wallpaper.
Don’t Miss: Intriguing selections include the Barcelona corn tamales starter with rock shrimp, shaved chorizo and lobster cream sauce ($11), Benny’s Portuguese sausage and clam pasta entrée with black linguini, roasted garlic, tomatoes and fennel ($19); and Paella Valenciana featuring seared chicken, fresh clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster, chorizo and saffron rice ($29). The menu tempts too with steaks, pork chops, crab cakes, salmon and a variety of pastas. For lunch, try a short rib sloppy Joe with crispy leeks and tomato sofrito demi glaze ($9); Portuguese salad of greens, caramelized figs, olives, roasted cherry tomatoes, queso fresco and pomegranate peach vinaigrette ($8); or a personal pan pizza ($7-$9), available with chorizo, garlic shrimp, fresh basil and other toppings. A full selection of desserts varies daily.
Heads Up: This friendly, casual BYO bistro is located directly across Speedwell Avenue from the Hyatt Morristown, just off the Morristown Green. You can snag libations a couple blocks away at the brand new Cambridge Wines at 10 Lafayette Avenue, near the Morristown train station.
The Scoop: At Olive Lucy’s Kitchen Table, the vibe is “Little Italy meets the Ironbound.” The restaurant, which opened early in the year, was inspired by owner Alan Valenti’s Brooklyn roots and his love of Italian cuisine, paired with his wife’s penchant for Portuguese food. Olive Lucy’s is named for the couple’s young daughter.Click here to leave a comment
What's a Quick Bite? Short takes on casual, affordable dining.