Alex Bistro serves classic Italian dishes in a casual atmosphere of rustic red accents, wood floors, and ambient lighting to reflect off the restaurant's centerpiece, the artisan-crafted cuisine. Edible expeditions can commence with the clams oreganata, freshly baked clams in a breadcrumb shell ($8.95), or the arugula salad, dotted with black olives, tomatoes, onions, and parmesan cheese and showered in a house-made vinaigrette ($5). Pillowy gnocchi swims with fresh spinach, garlic, and pancetta in a pecorino romano–cheese sauce ($15.95), and stuffed tilapia romantically recites sonnets alongside crabmeat in a butter sauce ($21.95). Engage in some calf exercises with the veal napoleon, cloaked in a suit of eggplant, prosciutto, mozzarella, and tomatoes and drizzled with cherry-wine sauce ($15.95). Alex Bistro harbors three hand-carved bars, all fully stocked with elixir mixers, an impressive selection of wines, and beers to sip on during live entertainment on select evenings, such as live bands or your uncle's interpretation of Barbra Streisand's Woman in Love, complete with spaghetti wig and marinara tears.
Chef and owner Maurice Gallo brings more than 30 years of experience to Carnevale Ristorante, where dishes flourish with classic flavors culled from the gustatory traditions of both northern and southern Italy. Glass art and décor inspired by the colorful Carnival of Venice surround white tablecloths that cover the tables under which hide the best hide-and-go-seek players from Florence. Local New Jersey wines join customer-toted libations in the BYOB eatery, where live music sprinkles freshly harvested, mellifluous notes onto forks every weekend. Gourmet dishes, such as veal in cognac sauce and truffle-oil-drizzled mushrooms and brie, team up with gluten-free and whole-wheat pasta options to please even persnickety palates.
The versatile kitchens at Castalia 997 Restaurant & Lounge whip up an array of Italian dishes to lure patrons to the restaurant’s dining tables, full bar, and live music. Sizzling seafood entrees come grilled or pan-seared, and fork-tangling pasta dishes can be customized with gluten-free or whole-wheat noodles. Live entertainment livens up the atmosphere on Friday and Saturday nights, filling the air with classic tunes from an era before cell phones and time-traveling assassins.
M&E Caruso's Ristorante is an Italian Restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine along with rustic grilled pizza! Food will be available for carryout or in house dining. As for myself, Chef/Owner Enrico, I also want to offer everyone a chance to enjoy a home cooked Italian dinner.
The Carlino family serves authentic, home-style Italian fare as well as gluten-free versions of Italian favorites to satisfy pasta-craving customers. Diners commence with a small plate of stuffed artichoke or white anchovies with green olives and capers. Postantipasti, forks delve into plates of pasta with broccoli and baby shrimp or backflip into a ball pit of tender veal meatballs with house-made tomato sauce. Hearty entrees furnish equal parts meat and Old-World nostalgia, with seafood risotto and chicken cacciatore served with mushrooms, pancetta, and herbs splashed with a white-wine sauce to conjure memories of Nona's kitchen. A gluten-free menu accommodates the wheat-weary by carefully editing Italian staples, swapping regular pasta for gluten-free penne, topping eggplant parmigiana with gluten-free breadcrumbs, and outfitting the restaurant's resident angels with synthetic wigs instead of their traditional edible strands.
Al Cavaliere Ristorante was built upon three pillars of a classic Italian culinary experience: good food, friendly service, and engaging décor. It’s no wonder, then, that the restaurant doesn’t turn to generic recipes, or a Magic 8 Ball, as inspiration for its menu. Instead, Al Cavaliere prepares dishes that have populated tabletops across Italian villages for generations—including those influenced by the changing seasons. Those edible bits of history make themselves known in more than 10 different pastas, such as the rigatoni vodka, which features hollow pasta in a sweet or spicy sauce with tomato, basil, and a hint of cream. The restaurant’s hospitality efforts extend to a dining room that emanates Tuscan charm, complete with warm maroon walls and sprawling oil paintings.