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Princeton area italian, byo ?

swiz Jan 24, 2008 12:22 PM

Can anyone recommend a good italian restaurant in the Princeton area? Preferably, byo.

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  1. ambrose RE: swiz Jan 24, 2008 04:05 PM

    I have never been there but Gennaro's, on State Road (Route 206), has received some good press.


    What do you mean by "Princeton area"? Somerville, to the north of Princeton, has some very good Italian restaurants that are BYO. And Trenton isn't that far.

    1. mschow RE: swiz Jan 24, 2008 04:27 PM

      I really like Gennaros; very good food. Parking lot is a bit scary getting out of; be warned. I also like Capuanos on Clarksville Road. It's about a mile and a half off of Route 1; not far from the Quakerbridge Mall.

      1. MercerChow RE: swiz Jan 25, 2008 06:57 AM

        Again, not in Princeton proper, but try Enzo's in Lawrenceville, Villa Barone in Robbinsville, or Piccolo Trattoria in Pennington.
        Mezzaluna in Princeton has had mixed reviews on this board, but I had a good meal there several years ago.
        Teresa's in Princeton is good, but not BYO.
        The old Chambersburg warhorse Sal DeForte's recently moved to Ewing but I have not tried the new location.

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          mschow RE: MercerChow Jan 25, 2008 08:11 AM

          Had dinner at Sal DeFortes 2 weeks ago and it was excellent. Service somewhat spotty, but friendly. It's BYOB now, but supposedly they are getting a liquor license.

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          Dedicated Fresser RE: swiz Jan 27, 2008 07:11 PM

          All places mentioned above are excellent choices. You could also try Capuano on Clarksville Road in West Windsor twp. ALso an excellent choice.

          1. MedicBarbie RE: swiz Jan 27, 2008 07:49 PM

            Not necessarily Princeton, but Leonardo's in Robbinsville is great. Order a special for sure. They're in a strip mall, but has GREAT food.. BYOB.

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              Heatherb RE: MedicBarbie Jan 28, 2008 03:22 PM

              I'll second that recommendation. The food there is excellent, although it can be rather noisy. I love their spaghettie and meatballs!

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                ruf RE: Heatherb Jan 30, 2008 03:14 PM

                oh boy spaghetti and meatballs. exactly where is Leonardo's

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                  Heatherb RE: ruf Jan 31, 2008 02:23 AM

                  Hamilton Marketplace on Route 130. it's in the strip of stores perpendicular to WalMart. They have so many other things there that are good. I've never been disappointed. Best of all, they deliver!

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                carl555 RE: MedicBarbie Jan 31, 2008 03:11 AM

                We've been to Leonardo's several times and the food is fine but not remarkable Italian. Not worth a 30 minute drive from Princeton. Didn't they open another Leonardo's in Ewing?

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                JLawrence RE: swiz Jan 31, 2008 04:48 PM

                I agree with every restaurant mentioned. Gennaro's on RT 206/State Rd. is excellent. So is Sotto's at 128 Nassau St., this was formerly the Annex.

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