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Dec 4, 2008 12:37 PM

Cheap Italian in Lawrenceville/Princeton??

Hey all. Long time away from the boards. Recently moved to Lawrenceville, and looking for a cheap Italian "pizza restaurant" or "red gravy" kind of place.

Chicken parmigiana, meatballs and spaghetti, that sort of place.Nothing fancy, just good solid food. Where its 12 bucks for a pasta entree, not 32 dollars for chicken parm!!

Preferably as close to Lawrenceville as possible.
Any suggestions?

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  1. We like Enzo's in Lawrenceville. Family owned, its a tiny BYO serving very good Italian. Its a few dollars more than what your asking for but worth it. Here is some info.

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    1. re: tom246

      Thanks Tom... its definitely on the "to try" list. Anyone else?

        1. re: OGguy

          I second il Capauno. BYOB and pretty good food. Right off of Old Trenton Road.

    2. You might want to try Carlucci's in West Windsor or Leonardo's II in Lawrenceville.

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      1. re: trent_onion

        I think Leonardo's II in Lawrenceville has really gone downhill. Chicken thick and tough on last few visits, wierd too-many-flavors sauces with things like champagne saffron and amaretto and their red sauce is not great. Also had some off seafood there a few times. They need to cut out the fancy expensive fluff and get back to the basics.

        Enzo's is good but I think Massimo's in Hamilton (5 mins from where I live in Lawrence) actually has good pasta values for the money but I would avoid most meat dishes there.

      2. Enzo's is a step above your requirements in price and two steps up in quality. Highly recommended.
        Try TJ's Trattoria in the Pennington Shopping Center (not the TJ's in Lawrenceville village).
        Have not tried the latest incarnation of Amalfi's on Lawrenceville-Pennington Road but from what I have heard it fits your bill.
        Candela's in Eldridge Park and Chuckles in Manors Shopping Center also.

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        1. re: MercerChow

          Sorry for my delay in commenting, but we tried Enzo's on Mother's Day and the food was excellent. Highly recommended as a great value at a reasonable price.

          1. re: jer114

            Glad you enjoyed Enzo's. When I think of Enzo's all I can think of is their Button Bread which is a caloric nightmare but oh so good :)
            We actually need to get back there, its been a couple of years.

        2. Villa Barone has homemade pasta - this place was very good.

          If nothing else go there for dessert - the Creme Brulee was homemade and AMAZING!!

          Random side note: They have a whole family of restaurants, have not been to the other two.

          1. Take Rt 1 south over the toll bridge into Morrisville, PA. As soon as you pay the toll take the Pennsylvania Ave exit in about 150 feet from you. When you get to the bottom of the ramp you will see LaVilla in what looks to be a renovated Pizza Hut. Chambersburg Tomato pie is outstanding. Family owned and operated and excellent food, pasta, and service. BYOB. You won't be disappointed.