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Chef Benjamin Cruz, trained at The Oberoi Hotel Culinary Institute, forges innovative Tuscan antipasti, soups, salads & hand-rolled pastas

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Promotional value expires May 2, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Dine-in only. Additional fee for rack of lamb and khuroos-e-tursh dishes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Most modern cuisine is a continuation of classic dishes, just as a computer is a slightly modified typewriter and a washing machine is a river in a box. Revel in palatable progress with today’s Groupon: for $28, you get a three-course Italian dinner for two at Basil & Thyme Italian Bistro in Newark (up to a $57 total value). The dinner includes the following:

  • One antipasti dish (up to a $7 value)
  • Two selections from the zuppa menu or two dinner side salads (up to a $5 value each)
  • Two entrees chosen from the a la griglia, pasta, or secondi piatti menus (up to a $20 value each). An extra charge will apply for the rack of lamb and khuroos-e-tursh dishes. <p>

Chef-owner Benjamin Cruz, trained at The Oberoi Hotel Culinary Institute, peppers his modern Tuscan menu with hand-rolled pastas, fresh meats and seafood, and homemade herbed sauces. Embark on an edible expedition to central Italy with the crispy avocado-and-sundried-tomato-stuffed egg rolls accompanied by a basil-artichoke sauce, or play ring toss on a partner’s fork with crispy calamari. A verdant side salad spans the color wheel with carrots, tomatoes, and parmesan atop mixed greens, or a daily-shifting soup, from a roster that includes black-pepper-sprinkled minestrone and clam chowder, warms tongues. Noodle cravers nibble the garlicky lobster ravioli or the mint-pesto linguini, sharing plate estate with fried eggplant and garbanzo in a basil-mint sauce. The grilled veal au funghi, accented with black-mushroom white-wine sauce, packs muscle-building protein, enabling diners to shove over the Leaning Tower of Pisa with their bare hands.

Customer Reviews

The service is friendly and the food is really great. We have liked everything we've tried and the atmosphere too.
April B. · January 8, 2012
We loved the food and the atmosphere. We have recommended your bistro to our friends and family. My mother and her friend ate there as well and loved it. Best restaurant in Newark.
Candace N. · January 1, 2012
Very nice. Friendly service. Good food.
Frances N. · January 1, 2012

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