Princeton, NJ and Surrounding Areas
I'm taking a girl out to dinner and am looking for recommendation on good Italian restaurants in Princeton or other towns near by. Thanks.
The best Princeton restaurants are Lahiere's and Ferry House (though they're not Italian). Lahiere's is cozy and elegant for a date.
La Mezzaluna is supposed to be a great Italian restaurant and looks appropriate (casual yet cozy) for a date. Mediterra is good, but the ambience is less private so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. Sotto 128 is a new one to look into...
Approximately 20 minutes south of Princeton is the Chambersburg section of Trenton (the Little Italy of Trenton) for great Italian food. Amici Milano is great. Diamond's is also great but I don't know if it has relocated.
Approximately 30 minutes north of Princeton along 206 leads you to Somerville where there are several great restaurants as well. La Scala, Il Pomodoro, La Cucina, etc.
Although the Forrestal Village setting isn't romantic, the Tre Piani restaurant is, and the food is above average, if not spectacular. Check their website for the menu- trepiani.com
While I'm fairly familiar with the Princeton dining scene, I tend not to frequent the Italian restaurants there. No good reason for this, except that the Princeton area offers so many other cuisines that I prefer to try them.
I can heartily recommend La Scala in Somerville and I have heard that La Catena, which is on Route 22E in Bridgewater, is also good. My favorite Italian restaurant, however, is da Fillipo's in Somerville. It's not the ideal place for a romantic evening but it's a wonderful little restaurant with excellent food and service. Do not be put off by the surrounding neighborhood. Once inside, you'll feel as if you're in a little cucina in Italy (Sicily to be exact). This is the real deal!
My husband and I love Carlucci's on Princeton and Hightstown Road in West Windsor (not far from Princeton). If you are looking for something really fancy (read: expensive) try Al Dente in Edison.
If you really want to try real Italian home cooking go to Tattoni's in the Chambersburg section of Trenton. The best chicken cacciatore anywhere. Crab sauce to die for. Reasonably priced and a unique place.