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Settimo Cielo in Trenton, NJ

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I have been meaning to try this place for months and finally did last night with Mrs MercerChow. Got a reservation for 7:00 Saturday night at 4:00 on Saturday afternoon. That said, by 8:00 the place was practically full.

You usually associate Italian food in Trenton with Chambersburg but Settimo Cielo is located downtown, about a block from the Marriott hotel, just down the street from the Mill Hill Playhouse.

There's a bar area and two dining rooms, one considerably larger than the other. White tablecloths but nothing remarkable decor-wise.

The service was efficient but relaxed. We lingered at the end of the meal and felt no pressure to clear out. Our server was inexperienced but attentive. When I asked a wine question he couldn't answer, he immediately trotted off to find someone who knew.

Starters were an artichoke and mushroom salad from the regular menu and a special - spinach salad with strawberries, mangoes, and gorgonzola cheese. Both good. Main courses were zuppa di mare and veal saltimbocca, both from the regular menu. The zuppa was good but the veal was outstanding. For dessert we split a yummy zabaglione with strawberries.

The wine list is short and not terribly inventive, but adequate. We had a bottle of the Ruffino Il Ducale.

The most surprising aspect of Settimo Cielo are the menu prices. Even with a $39 bottle of wine we got out of there for $100 plus tip. Only one entree is over $20 and most (like the veal) are $12-$15. A great value.

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  1. Visited Settimo Cielo a second time with equally good results food-wise. A further note on the wine list, however: in the Italian section there are no reds between $22 and $39, which is quite a range. Could they really not find anything? There are a couple of Californians in that range, but this is an Italian restaurant, after all.