With a menu that proudly proclaims sundry authentic Italian delights, Trattoria Rustica palliates anxious palates with hearty helpings of gourmet pollo plates and al dente pasta. Taste buds begin their flavorful Italian tour with antipasti such as the garlic shrimp ($9) or bite-size bruschetta topped with ricotta cheese and honey or any of four other delectable toupées ($6). The pappardella bolognese nourishes parched noodles with thirst-quenching meat sauce ($17), and the vitello con funghi arranges marsala-doused mushrooms and veal ($20) into cryptic treasure maps. Trattoria Rustica’s brick-walled dining room and dark-wood chairs create an elegant backdrop for first dates or paper-football playoffs.
With more than two decades of experience in the restaurant industry, owner and French Culinary Institute graduate Alberto Traficante could envision exactly what his Italian restaurant, Tosca, would be like. Authentic Neapolitan recipes would come to life with fresh, seasonal ingredients as well as homemade pastas, daily-made mozzarella, and pizzas baked in a wood-burning brick oven. It's safe to say Alberto fulfilled his dream, because since its inception, Tosca's has satisfied locals with these handcrafted and artfully plated Italian dishes. And now with head chef Alfredo Colle—an Italian native whose resume includes a stint as personal chef to Francis Ford Coppola—at the helm, Tosca's menu churns out authentic Italian entrees with a contemporary twist, including bruschetta topped with goat cheese and tender baked chicken an seasoned with a finely ground original Michelangelo fresco.
Fascino's skilled chefs utilize fresh, seasonal ingredients to create a menu of authentic Italian dishes that led New Jersey Monthly to name it one of the 25 Best Restaurants in 2010. Diners start satiety by swimming cornmeal-crusted calamari through pools of tomato-fennel compote ($12) before picking a flavorful fistfight of tender, braised short ribs luxuriating in a port-celery-seed glaze ($32). House-made pumpkin mezzaluna, bathing in oregano brown butter and crushed candied walnuts ($14–$24), demonstrates a brilliant use of fresh-made pasta and extruders, aside from Play-Doh hair plugs. Sweet teeth polish hunger to a sweet sheen by indulging in the New York State mcintosh apple crostata paired with cinnamon gelato ($9). Resourceful imbibers can indulge the BYO wine policy, and the waived corkage fee allows for a free show from the corkscrew-fanged vampire kept on retainer.
Owner Pat Turano of Turano Pizzeria and Restaurant and multiple establishments in the Bloomfield and Montclair areas, leads cuisine crafters in serving up a menu of thin-crust pizzas and comforting Italian dishes. Diners can relive childhood mushroom-hunting conquests with the earthy and decadent pizza con funghi, decorated with mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, and truffle oil ($13.95). Pasta dishes such as the baked lasagna present a panoply of cheese: mozzarella, pecorino, and ricotta layered with basil and marinara sauce ($10.95). And the chicken arabbiata entree, with potatoes, sausage, onions, and mushrooms ($12.95), arrives at the table fuming over the goofy wedding dance that brings shame to the poultry name. Today's deal can also be used toward catering, which includes a choice of one entree, one pasta, and one side from the catering menu ($10.95/person; minimum of 25 people/order).
At Bar Cara, chef Ryan DePersio uses rustic Italy as the inspiration for his upscale, mouthwatering meals, served in a modern and casual environment. Kick-start a culinary quest with an order of mascarpone polenta fries, served with gorgonzola sauce ($10), then envelop hug-loving taste buds in an embrace of slightly charred thin-crust pizza, such as the tomato basil with mozzarella cheese ($9). When overhead jumbo jets ring the northern hemisphere's primary dinner bell, meat-fanciers can opt for the veal Milanese with arugula and a cherry-tomato salad ($19). The impressive wine list at Bar Cara includes champagne and prosecco along with whites and reds, served both by the bottle and the glass. After dinner, let pastry chef Cynthia DePersio’s cupcake platter, which includes banana with caramel buttercream, carrot with cinnamon, and bittersweet chocolate with chocolate buttercream, take your endorphins on a magic platter ride. Glossy hardwood floors and exposed brick craft a warm and rustic aura around Bar Cara, and evenings are suffused with amber illumination from low lighting.
Since 1984 Casa Turano has been serving up delectable entrees to please our customers, Specializing in traditional italian entrees our chefs have perfected the flare. We also specialize in gourmet pizzas and offer daily dinner specials from the kitchen, so if its Italian food you want come to the Original Casa Turano
It would be easy to pass an entire afternoon in Frank Anthony's lush garden courtyard, reclining on comfortable patio chairs and slowly polishing off a bottle of BYOB wine. Servers stroll through the forest of linen umbrellas, expertly balancing trays of Italian dishes while refilling glasses of San Pellegrino. Inside the elegant dining hall, intimate tabletops host guests, whose faces are illuminated by the glow of soft hanging lights. In the kitchen, chefs fold fresh meats, seafood, and seasonal vegetables into traditional Italian dishes, tossing crispy calamari in garlic, baking crusty Italian rolls, and crushing plum tomatoes using only their minds. Meanwhile, pizzas rise in the oven, speckled with toppings of wild mushrooms, savory sausage, and spicy peppers.