Italian Restaurants in New Jersey

Italian Cuisine for Two or Four at Alex's Italian Restaurant (Up to 46% Off)

Alex's Italian Restaurant

Jersey City

BYOB Eatery dishes out Italian food such as eggplant rollatini, gnocchi with salmon and fresh asparagus, veal milano, and PEI mussels

$40 $22

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Italian Cuisine for Two or Four at Riverside Manor Restaurant & Banquets (Up to 60% Off)

Riverside Manor Restaurant & Banquets

Eastside

An old silk mill is now home to Italian entrees such as house made pastas, pork chop giambatta, and filet mignon with shrimp scampi

$118 $49

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Italian Cuisine for Two or Four at Edison Pizza and Italian Restaurant (43% Off)

Edison Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Edison

Family-run Italian eatery serves rustic feasts of thick- and thin-crust pizzas, baked pasta dishes, panini sandwiches & seafood entrees

$30 $17

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Pizzeria Food at Nino's Coal Fired Pizza ($20 Total Value)

Nino's Coal Fired Pizza

Multiple Locations

Creative specialty pies topped with everything from meatballs to cheesesteak

$10 $5.50

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Italian and American Food for Two or Four at Blooming Grove Inn (44% Off)

Blooming Grove Inn

Ewing

Chef creates rustic Italian and New American meals, such as seafood risotto and braised beef short ribs, in a home built in the 1860s

$70 $39

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$10 for $15 Worth of Meatballs and Italian Food for Two or More at Jersey Meatball Company

Jersey Meatball Company

North Bergen

Handmade meatballs made of beef, pork, chicken, or vegetables are paired with pastas, drizzled with sauce, or stuffed into hero sandwiches

$15 $10

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Italian Dinner or Lunch at Buon Appetito Restaurant (Half Off). Three Options Available.

Buon Appetito Restaurant

Bayonne

Chefs stock their menu with elegant Italian staples, including housemade ravioli with portobello-garlic cream sauce and veal parmesan

$50 $26

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$18 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Bensi

Bensi

Multiple Locations

Each day the chefs hand-toss pizzas, blend homemade soups and salads and whip up housemade sauces to pour over made-to-order Italian cuisine

$30 $18

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$22 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine for Two at at Panico's

Panico's

Multiple Locations

Chefs plate artistically crafted seafood and Italian dishes including homemade pastas, sauces, and fishes deboned tableside.

$40 $22

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Italian Food, Valid Sunday-Thursday or Friday-Saturday at Marco's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Marco’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant

Parsippany-Troy Hills

Specialty pizzas topped in philly cheese steak or chicken parm pair with pasta, burgers, and other Italian-American fare

$25 $12.50

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Italian Food at Luigi's Pizza & Restaurant ($20 Value)

Luigi's Pizza & Restaurant

Perth Amboy

Pizzas and pizza-by-the-slice, prosciutto and fresh mozzarella paninis, calzones, chicken francaise, and tortellini with bacon alfredo sauce

$10 $5.50

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Gourmet Pizza and Italian Food for Two or Four at Napoli's Brick Oven Pizza (Up to40% Off)

Napoli’s Brick Oven Pizza

Hoboken

Gourmet pizzas slide from a brick oven and homemade sauces drape Italian entrees within a rustic pizzeria’s open kitchen

$30 $18

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Pizza and Drinks for Two or Four at Rizzo's Fine Pizza (Up to 54% Off)

Rizzo's Fine Pizza

New York

Acclaimed Sicilian–style pizzas topped with fresh ingredients, such as anchovies, mushrooms, and garlic paired with a glass of wine or beer

$38 $19

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Pizza and Sandwiches for Two or Pizza Meal with App & Drinks at Bergen Brick Oven Bar & Grill (Up to 40% Off)

Bergen Brick Oven Bar & Grill

South Hackensack

Brick-oven pizzas including pepperoni, broccoli rabe and sausage, and buffalo chicken

$20 $12

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$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Food at Ristorante Al Fresco

Ristorante Al Fresco

Mount Laurel

Italian classics such as linguine with housemade meatballs and veal marsala served at lunch and dinner

$30 $15

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Italian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner for Two at Villa Rosa Ristorante (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Villa Rosa Ristorante

Ewing

Eggplant parmigiana, shrimp scampi, lobster ravioli, and Italian specialties served in bright BYOB eatery celebrating 30 years in business

$40 $20

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Classic Italian Cuisine at In Napoli (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

In Napoli

Fort Lee

Menu includes filet mignon, chicken parmigiana, red snapper florentine, tortellini alfredo, lobster ravioli, chilean sea bass, & veal chops

$50 $25

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One or Two One-Topping Pizzas with Salads and Drinks at New York Fried Chicken and Pizza (Up to 50% Off)

New York Fried Chicken and Pizza

City of Orange

Pair garden salads and drinks with pizza with toppings like grilled chicken, green peppers, meatballs, black olives, and beef pepperoni

$21.98 $12

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$25 for $50 or $49 for $100 Toward Italian Dinner at Tre Amici

Tre Amici

Long Branch

Chef who won Food Network’s Chopped and was lauded by Bon Appetit magazine creates modern Italian dishes in a trendy atmosphere

$50 $23

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Italian Cuisine at Cielo Restaurant (Up to 40% Off)

Cielo

Fairfield

Owner and Chef Pucciarello artfully prepares house-made pastas, veal saltimbocca, and fish, his specialty

$50 $30

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$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Il Vicolo Ristorante

Il Vicolo Ristorante

Livingston

Housemade mozzarella and flavorful sauces top authentic Italian dishes

$30 $15

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Four-Course Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Amore Tuscan Grille (40% Off)

Amore Tuscan Grille

Englewood Cliffs

Starters of calamari and eggplant ricotta cakes precede entrees such as broiled Cornish hen and pastas, followed by dessert and coffee

$100 $60

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Pizza Dinner with Salad and Beer or Wine for Two at Fratello Brick Oven (Up to 48% Off)

Fratello Brick Oven

Warwick

Italian dinner for two includes traditional cuisine, such as fried calamari and chicken marsala, paired with red or white house wine

$45.85 $24

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Dinner for Two or Four at Pasta e Pollo (Up to 51% Off). Four Options Available.

Pasta e Pollo

Ridgewood

Stuffed artichokes, pasta with prosciutto and vodka sauce, and chicken with veal and penne served at a BYOB Italian restaurant

$70.75 $35

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$17 for Two Three-Topping Pizzas of Any Size at Pizza Zone ($34 Value)

Pizza Zone

Lodi

Create your own pizzas choosing from toppings such as salami, Italian sausage, green peppers, garlic, and cheddar cheese

$34 $17

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Mulberry Street (Up to 50% Off)

Mulberry Street

Woodbridge

Thin-crust pizzas, chicken and shrimp rigatoni, 12-ounce ribeye steaks, and other Italian-American staples

$40 $20

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$17 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Pizzeria Food To-Go from Pyro Pizza ($30 Value)

Pyro Pizza

Brick

Sicilian-style pizzas made from freshly crafted dough wear toppings such as meatballs, onions, peppers, and garlic

$15 $8.50

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Italian Food at Table 42 (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available

Table 42

Dover

Fried calamari, chicken parmigiana, steak in brandy cream sauce, and other old-world staples

$20 $10

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Italian Meal with Dessert for Two, or $16 for $25 Worth Italian Food at Giovanni's Restaurant & Pizzeria

Giovanni's Restaurant & Pizzeria

Wyckoff

Laid-back eatery dishes out cuisine such as salmon over a broccoli wrap, chicken marsala, orecchiette pasta vodka sauce, salads, and pizzas

$51.25 $32

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Italian Dinner, Drinks, and Sides for Two or Four at Bella Christina's Trattoria (Up to 51% Off)

Bella Christina's Trattoria

Beach Haven West

Dinner entrees include dishes such as chicken parmigiana, pan-fried veal, and cheese ravioli marinara

$40 $20

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four or $14 for $25 Worth of Italian Carryout at Francesco’s

Francesco’s

Phillipsburg

Veal marsala, pasta carbonara, baked manicotti, stuffed lobster ravioli with shrimp, mussels marinara, and pizzas

$48.85 $23

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Italian Food or Pizza Meal at Marcello's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

marcello's restaurant

Hammonton

Pizzas topped with meatballs, ricotta, and sun-dried tomatoes, plus chicken parmigiana sandwiches and pasta in your choice of eight sauces

$30 $15

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Italian Food for Two or More at Naples Ristorante Pizzeria (50% Off)

Naples Ristorante Pizzeria

Spring Lake Heights

Mom-and-pop pizza shop delivers rustic Italian-style pies, homemade sandwiches, and pasta dishes aplenty

$15 $7.50

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$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Food at L&D's Sapore Ravioli & Cheese

L&D's Sapore Ravioli & Cheese

Middlesex

Nearly 100 kinds of pasta, including homemade lobster with champagne-dough ravioli; 15 freshly made sauces; and a breaded-veal sandwich

$30 $15

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Italian Food for 2 or More at Original Presto's Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta (Up to 50% Off). 3 Options Available.

Original Presto's Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta

Harrington Park

A pizzeria with six decades of history fires brick-oven pies and serves lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and lobster ravioli

$25 $13

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Pizza and Pasta for Dine-In, Takeout, or Catering at Plum Tomatoes (Up to 50% Off)

Plum Tomatoes

Rockaway Beach

Creative specialty pizzas including taco, bruschetta, and buffalo wing, plus meatball sandwiches, chicken parmesan, and catered pasta trays

$40 $20

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Que Pasta (Up to 52% Off)

Que Pasta

Saddle Brook

Each morning, chefs create their own penne, gnocchi, ravioli, and tortellini pastas and whip up their own sauces

$30 $15

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Lunch or Brunch for Two at MK Valencia (Up to 53% Off)

MK Valencia

Ridgefield Park

Satisfy lunch-time tummy rumblings with sandwiches or pastas, or chow down on crab omelets or french toast in Vermont maple syrup at brunch

$40 $19

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$15 for Two Groupons, Each Valid for $15 Worth of Pizza at Slice Between ($30 Value)

Slice Between

Princeton

Thin-crust pies alongside salads, calzones, and stromboli

$15 $7.50

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Italian Cuisine for Two on Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday at Luna Rossa Ristorante (Up to 50% Off)

Luna Rossa Ristorante

Pluckemin

Flounder piccata, handmade pastas, and other traditional Italian dishes from a family-run restaurant that’s honed their recipes for decades

$30 $15

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Italian Dinner and Drinks for Two or Four at Lorenzo's (Up to 51% Off). Four Options Available.

Lorenzo's

Woodland Park

Lasagna, pasta fagioli, and sausage rabi made from recipes imported from Italy & handed down through generations; large wine list & full bar

$40 $20

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Italian Food at Pauline’s Italian Cuisine (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Pauline's Italian Cuisine

Matawan

Veal marsala, chicken in lemon-wine sauce, lobster ravioli, and classic pasta menu with eggplant parmigiana and hearty meat lasagna

$40 $24

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Pizzas, Appetizers, and Zeppoli Pastries at Pastabilitys (Up to 46% Off). Two Options Available.

Pastabilitys

Wanaque

Pair appetizers like fried ravioli or mussels marinara with specialty pizzas, such as eggplant parmiagiana or shrimp scampi

$32.45 $18

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Indian-Inspired Pizza for Dine-In or Carryout at Bombay Local Pizza (35% Off)

Bombay Local Pizza

Echelon

Indian-inspired pizzas topped with ingredients including samosa filling, masala eggplant, paneer tikka, and chili paneer.

$10 $6.50

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Italian Cuisine at RigaTony's (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

RigaTony's

Little Falls

Menu includes mussels, pesto chicken pizza, eggplant sandwiches, buffalo shrimp wraps, baked ziti, veal marsala, and chicken saltimbocca

$20 $12

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$15 for $30 Worth of Baked Goods and Cafe Food at Palermo's Cafe & Bakery

Palermo's Cafe & Bakery

Little Ferry

Cafe serves up wood-fired pizzas and paninis alongside fresh-baked pastries and fondant-topped cakes from the bakery

$30 $15

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$20 for $40 Worth of Italian Dinner for Two or More at Mama Rosina's

Mama Rosina's

Bound Brook

Italian restaurants offers food such as veal marsala, stuffed red peppers, salami and cheese sandwiches, baked ziti, and shrimp ravioli

$40 $20

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Italian Cuisine for Two or Four at Johnny G's Italian Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Johnny G's Italian Restaurant

Johnny G's Italian Restaurant

Piles of pasta, piping-hot gourmet pizzas, cold and hot subs, as well as veal and chicken dishes top tables at a BYOB eatery

$30 $16

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Italian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at 90 Park Restaurant (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

90 Park Restaurant

North Bergen

Appetizers of grilled octopus or stuffed mushrooms precede Italian entrees such as gnocchi with pesto or Milan-style veal

$25 $12.50

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BYOB Italian Lunch or Dinner at Leonardo's Ristorante Italiano (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

Leonardo's Ristorante Italiano

Wayne

Family-friendly Italian restaurant serves up homemade cheese ravioli, veal entrees, and shrimp risotto to go with drinks brought from home

$30 $15

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Italian Cuisine at Joe's Famous Pizza & Catering (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Joe's Famous Pizza & Catering

South Amboy

Eatery dishes out thin, sesame, and gluten-free pizza as well as chicken parmigiana and pulled pork sandwiches, burritos, and lasagna

$40 $22

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Pizza and Italian Food at Georgio's Pizzeria (Up to 40% Off). Two Options.

Georgio's Pizzeria

Financial District

New York-style pizza is just one of the pie options at this eatery that celebrates Italian-American food from across the country

$30 $18

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Three-Course Italian Dinner for Two at La Piazza Bistro Italiano (Up to 50% Off)

La Piazza Bistro Italiano

Ridgewood

Chefs combine elements of classic and contemporary Italian cooking in dishes of chicken, veal, fresh vegetables, and perfectly cooked pasta

$67.40 $34

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Mozzarella-Making Class for Two or Four at Agostino Italian Specialties & Catering (Up to 58% Off)

Agostino Italian Specialties & Catering

Manasquan

Students learn to make mozzarella while sipping wine and tasting imported cheese

$180 $76

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$27.50 for $50 Worth of Italian Food and Drinks at RosaLuca’s

RosaLuca's Italian Bistro

Clinton

Fresh produce from eatery’s farm and greenhouse inspires seasonal Italian menu with housemade lobster ravioli, braised pork, and mussels

$50 $27.50

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$15 for 2 Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Italian and BBQ at Tre Colore Pizzeria & Ristorante ($30 Value)

Tre Colore Pizzeria & BBQ

Middletown

Italian-American and BBQ dishes; chicken parmesan, penne with vodka sauce, calzones, beef brisket, pulled pork, and garlic-meatball subs

$15 $7.50

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Italian Cuisine at Oak Ale House (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Oak Ale House

Oak Ale House

Spicy garlic shrimp or half-shell clams precede pasta dishes or burgers in family-style Italian eatery

$25 $15

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Two-Course Italian Lunch at Luka's Italian Cuisine (Up to 55% Off)

Luka's Italian Cuisine

Bogota

Montenegro-born Chef Luka crafts Italian classics and signature dishes influenced by his continent-spanning culinary studies

$35.85 $17

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Southern Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Il Forno (49% Off)

Il Forno

Branchburg

Menu includes personal pizzas, fried calamari, bacon cheese fries, fettuccine carbonara, grilled chicken paninis, and meatball sandwiches

$48.97 $25

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Italian Food at Rick's Restaurant (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Rick's Restaurant

Lambertville

Celebrated chef Alex Cormier infuses gnocchi, veal parmesan, calamari, and other Italian staples with European influences.

$40 $20.99

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Italian Dinner at Sofia’s Ristorante (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Sofia's Ristorante

North Caldwell

BYOB eatery with shrimp risotto, veal specialties, and golden calamari, plus linguine prepared tableside in a wheel of cheese

$40 $22

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Broadway Joe Steaks and Italian Cuisine at La Rivista Italian Steakhouse. Groupon Reservation Required.

La Rivista Italian Steakhouse, featuring Broadway Joe Steaks

Theater District - Times Square

Old-school restaurant features Angus steaks from its neighbor, Broadway Joe Steak House, along with homestyle Italian cuisine

$50 $35

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$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Dinner at Limoncello Ristorante

Limoncello Ristorante

Waldwick

Chefs use the restaurant's namesake lemon liqueur to flavor Italian dishes—from vetello benito veal to cheese ravioli with basil

$30 $15

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$18 for $30 Worth of Italian Dinner Cuisine for Two or More at La Bella Via

La Bella Via

Phillipsburg

Pizzas made with Italian flour, fresh sauce, and mozzarella emerge from a wood-fired oven; semolina bread and pastas made fresh daily

$30 $18

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Two or Four Groupons, Each Valid for One Large Pizza and Garlic Knots at Angelo's Pizza (Up to 54% Off)

The Original Angelo's Pizzeria

Bogota

Stock up on large one-topping pies with crispy crusts and plenty of cheese with sides of garlic knots

$16.75 $8

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Organic and All-Natural Italian Food at Naturale Cucina (50% Off). Four Options Available.

Naturale Cucina

Englishtown

Fired in the terra-cotta brick oven, organic pizzas can be cooked to a crisp golden-brown; vegan and gluten free options available

$20 $10

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Italian Cuisine for Lunch, Dinner, or Take-Out at IL Tesoro Ristorante (Up to 45% Off)

IL Tesoro Ristorante

Upper East Side

Italian sausage, fresh grilled seafood, fresh organic pastas, and other Old World Italian dishes

$40 $22

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Italian Cuisine for Dinner at Nonnas Citi Cucina (Up to 48% Off). Two Options Available.

Nonnas Citi Cucina

Marlboro

Italian joint dishes out fried calamari, meatball sliders, penne bolognese, short rib, and pear blue cheese pizzetta with crispy proscuitto

$40 $21

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$69 for Dinner for Two with Wine at Giano Restaurant (Up to $100 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.

Giano Restaurant

East Village

Homemade tagliatelle, imported mozzarella, and balsamic-glazed filet mignon served inside a candlelit dining room

$100 $69

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Four-Course Prix Fixe Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Sofia Italian Grill (Up to 60% Off)

Sofia Italian Grill

New York

Four-course dinner with classic dishes such as veal carciofini, porterhouse steak, and salmon portofino

$277 $110

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Pizzeria Cuisine from Goodfella's Brick Oven Pizza (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Goodfella's Brick Oven Pizza

Gramercy Park

Hand-tossed semolina dough slathered in housemade sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella before wood firing in a brick oven

$20 $13

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Italian Meal with Wine for Two or Four at Aleo (Up to 52% Off)

Aleo

Flatiron District

Local markets supply the ingredients for Mediterranean-inspired dishes, including chicken parmigiano, pumpkin ravioli, and veal scaloppini

$74 $37

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30% Off Your Entire Bill at Italianissimo. Reservation Through Groupon Required.

Italianissimo

Upper East Side

Old-school Italian cooking that’s earned accolades from New York Magazine & Zagat, served in an intimate 12-table space

$10

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$56 for an Italian Meal with Wine at San Marino (Up to $83 Value). Reservation Through Groupon Required.

San Marino

SoHo

Classic northern Italian cooking that once earned its Remini-raised owner a feature in Italy’s “La Tribuna”

$83 $56

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Pizza at City Slice (Up to 65% Off). Four Options Available.

City Slice

New York

Eatery dishes out wings, garlic knots, salads, and pies topped with chicken parmigiana, muffaletta, buffalo chicken, or lasagna

$5 $2

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$35 for $50 Worth of Wine and Café Cuisine at Il Vino Wine Bar

Il Vino Wine Bar

Yorkville, Upper East Side

Mingle over glasses of prosecco or Chilean cabernet sauvignons while munching on cheese, charcuterie, and gourmet pizza

$50 $35

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Pizza and Italian Food at Francisca Pizza (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Francisca Pizza

Greenwich Village

Wide variety of pizzas, including buffalo chicken and arrabiatta, served alongside pasta and hot and cold sandwiches

$10 $6

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Three-Course Italian Dinner with Wine for Two or Four at Fabbrica (Up to 48% Off)

Fabbrica

Greenpoint

Start off with lamb meatballs or burrata before digging into wild-mushroom ragu, pork milanese, or scallops; chef is a Chopped champion

$144 $75

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$170 for a Chef's Tasting Menu for Two at Sirio Ristorante ($250 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.

Sirio Ristorante

Upper East Side

Seven-course tasting menu of refined, Tuscan-inspired cuisine at Le Cirque founder Sirio Maccioni’s latest restaurant

$250 $170

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The Ironbound Newark NJ diner open 24 hours. We are known for our breakfast and lunch and even dinner! Our cheesecakes and brownies sell like hot cakes!

6 Wilson Ave
Newark,
NJ
US

Tropical Smoothie Café whips up freshly blended fruit smoothies and wholesome café fare. Low-fat smoothies such as the Hawaiian Breeze transport landlocked taste buds to an exotic isle surrounded with a zesty blend of pineapple, orange, and nonfat yogurt. Supplement boosts populate supercharged smoothies such as the Lean Machine, which powers bodies with a mix of strawberries, banana, and weight-management and energizer supplements, plus three drams of raw horsepower.

225 Newark Ave
Jersey City,
NJ
US

Inside the kitchen at Riverside Manor is a staff that knows how to bring the best out of their Atlantic-harvested ingredients and Italian cooking methods. Fresh, homemade pastas envelop pumpkin ravioli and serve as pillows for shrimp and scallops. Filet mignon tops bruschetta or stars in an entr?e of its own. And eight brick-oven pizzas come strewn with four cheeses, spinach and feta, or crispy buffalo chicken. And to accommodate as many patrons as possible, the cooks prepare a whole-wheat penne primavera along with an entire menu of gluten-free dishes.

But perhaps it?s the building itself that best represents an elegant fusing of old and new. On the site of what was once a 19th-century silk mill, the doors now open into a scene that could fool you into thinking you just passed through a wormhole to Tuscany. Along with hand-carved wooden furnishings and ornamental ironwork, brick archways and painted trompe l?oeils bring a playfulness to the space, which doubles as a frequent host for weddings and other special events.

27 E 33rd St
Paterson,
NJ
US

It's inconvenient to crave those buttery pretzels they sell at the mall because, well, you can only drive to the mall to get them. Or write yourself a mental IOU to snag one next time you need to go shoe shopping.

Hope Moran opted to work around this inconvenience: She instead headed to her own kitchen, where she experimented with various ingredients until she perfected her very own recipe. She modeled her morsels after New York-style pretzels, but also wanted to give them a flaky softness reminiscent of European pastries or air-headed teddy bears. After being assured by friends and family that her creations were, in fact, quite delicious, she decided to open her very own pretzel place.

Today, at Le Bretzel, she has created a variety gourmet-inspired pretzels. Some are sweet—as with the cinnamon raisin—and some are savory, such as the spicy jalapeno pretzel. If you're looking for more than a snack, opt for stuffed pretzels—a sugar-sprinkled version conceals a cache of raspberry, pomegranate, and brie, and the chipotle-spiced pretzel is packed with bacon and cheddar. The eatery uses Hope's original homemade recipes, which feature all-natural ingredients.

Like a dream about a baseball game, pretzels reappear throughout the menu: as buns for burgers and sliders, the dough for cheesesteak pizzas, and as rolls for sandwiches such as the Wiggins with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry aioli. Hope and her team also prepare a handful of (pretzel-free) appetizers, including clams steamed with shallots, garlic, prosciutto, and white wine.

185 Elmora Avenue
Elizabeth,
NJ
US

Pasquale’s Ristorante Italiano crafts house-made pastas, entrees, and decadent desserts for an elegant, old-world menu of Italian favorites. A clutch of pan-seared scallops and shrimp spill over an umami-laden porcini risotto ($20.95) like a gift from a mermaid secret admirer left on the shore, and boneless short ribs with a port-wine glaze recline on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes ($20.95). Light-as-air gnocchi hopscotch through bolognese sauce studded with mascarpone cheese squares ($13.95). A slice of Nonna’s cheesecake, finished with raspberry puree, puts a ricotta exclamation point at the end of savory meals. Homey floral arrangements and warm, golden walls meet sleek booths and a streamlined full bar in Pasquale's dining room, suiting moods ranging from casual to extravagant. Reservations are recommended.

1655 Oak Tree Rd
Edison,
NJ
US

Exposed brick and rustic wood planks cover alternate walls at District Riverton Bistro, where an open patio begs diners to eat al fresco amid fairy lights, kitschy accents, and more rustic wood touches. But make no mistake?despite these eye-catching environs, District Riverton Bistro is all about good food. Culinary duo Ken Merriman and Dan Maher draw inspiration from Irish, American, and French cuisines, producing a menu that straddles the line between traditional and contemporary. Popular items include a wood-fired pizza dressed in arugula, prosciutto, figs, and balsamic drizzle, as well as cider-glazed salmon with cranberry-brussel sprouts. In addition to dinner, guests can stop in for lunch and brunch, the latter of which features eye-openers such as brioche french toast and chicken and waffles. Or, they can drop by on a weekend evening to indulge in a fixed price, family-style Sunday dinner complete with fresh-baked cookies and a new baby cousin.

710 Broad Street
Riverton,
NJ
US