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Toscano - Bordentown NJ

carl555 Mar 7, 2008 04:37 AM

Anyone know anything about this place? http://www.toscano-ristorante.com/ Some friends want to eat here on Saturday. It is across the street from the Farnsworth House in the building where the excellent Conrad's and many other restaurants, most recently Conti's Little Flower were located.

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    TomDel Mar 8, 2008 10:14 PM

    Carl – I haven’t been there myself but a number of friends whose opinion I value, have highly recommended it.

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      carl555 Mar 10, 2008 12:16 PM

      It was quite good. Before we went I looked at the Artful Diner's review, with an amusing discussion of waiter etiquette here http://www.artfuldiner.com/toscanoris...
      We ordered two soups, an excellent, subtle tasting cream of eggplant and a Tuscan bean ($5.95) with escarole, sausage and potato served in a bread bowl (round loaf carved out to hold the soup). The bean soup was OK but a bit salty for my taste and dominated by the sausage. House salad came with the meals: OK but so drenched in vinaigrette that the lettuce and other vegetables were rather limp, served in wonderful asymmetric bowls, slightly too large for the amount of salad served. The Ahi Tuna special was served quite rare and was very good. Grilled salmon with mashed potatoes and brocoli ($22.95) was fine but could have been cooked a little less. I enjoyed the Chicken Calabrease, ($16.95), pepperoncini peppers, asparagus, asparagus, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and fresh tomatoes in a very light red sauce also served with brocoli and mashed potatoes. Best of all was the house specialty, Gnochi Osso Bucco ($24.95):shredded veal shank with sauteed spring peas and gnochi, very rich and delicious, served in another larger asymmetrical bowl. Very very good. The restaurant has about 15 to 20 tables behind the small bar you pass when entering. It is evidently popular. On Thursday afternoon we tried to get reservations for Saturday at 7:00 but had to settle for 5:30.

      1. njfoodies May 19, 2008 05:19 AM

        We definitely miss Richie and The Little Flower, but Toscano is putting out some good food. Only complaint we have is that they use bacon in too many dishes. Other than that, the place is great! Love to sit at the bar and snack! -mJ

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