Arrogant Italian physicists unleashed nature’s fury when they combined microscopic pasta and antipasto particles, resulting in a meal so dense their exaggerated hand gestures could not escape it. Today’s Groupon draws the line between playing god and just plain good: for $20, you get $40 worth of Tuscan cooking and drinks at Trattoria Rustica in Montclair. A charming casual restaurant with a menu of authentic Italian delights, Trattoria Rustica palliates anxious palates with hearty helpings of gourmet pizza and al dente pasta served with homemade foccacia bread. Diners can commence satiation with antipasti such as the Garlic Shrimp ($9) or Baked Eggplant ($8). The Pappardella Bolognese ($16) spills classic meat sauce on unsuspecting noodles, while the Funghi Pizza ($15) arranges truffle-oiled mushrooms into cryptic treasure maps. Noshers nourish themselves in a tasteful dining room that alternates warm colored walls and patches of brick.
Six Yelpers give Trattoria Rustica an average of 3.5 stars.
517 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair, New Jersey 07042Get Directions