Like waking a hibernating bear, waking a dormant stomach causes violent growls that can only be silenced by bowls of pasta and 20 minutes of gentle patting. Ward off vicious appetites with today’s Groupon to Tosca in Montclair. Choose between the following options:
- For $38, you get an Italian dinner for two (up to a $79.50 total value) that includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $15.50 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $32 value each)
- For $68, you get an Italian dinner for four (up to a $159 total value) that includes:
- Two appetizers (up to a $15.50 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $32 value each)<p>
Inside Tosca, which takes its name from Puccini’s famous opera, chefs orchestrate ensembles of fresh, seasonal ingredients into culinary arias of daily-made pastas, homemade ravioli, and brick-oven pizzas. Prelude an Italian feast by perusing the menu and electing an antipasto freddo plate, which groups freshly sliced italian cold cuts with provolone, mozzarella, and roasted red peppers. Homemade mozzarella melts over nine signature pizzas from the open flame of a brick oven, which crisps salami-topped diavola and fresh margherita pies without the need for a spilled Molotov cocktail. Diners may also marvel at the thick strands of pappardelle pasta splashing in a classic bolognese sauce, or scoop mozzarella-flecked potato gnocchi through fragrant lochs of tomato sauce and shaved parmigiano.
Tucked in the historic Hink building, Tosca’s dining room unfolds across a rustic, hardwood floor recycled from an old barn, which was recycled from a Neanderthal’s tree house. An open exhibition kitchen anchors a dining room enveloped in towering windows and exposed brick, where diners can tote along wine and beer from their home or cellar.
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.