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Bergen County Italian

NYCnowLA Feb 19, 2009 05:40 PM

i'm coming into NJ for a few days and would like to take my family out for dinner in Bergen County - 8 of us- for possibly Italian. I would like to treat, so hopefully someone can recommend something that woun't break the bank. (under 200 bucks for all would be great!) Anyone have any good suggestions? Thanks all!

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    nicolesmith Mar 13, 2009 07:05 AM

    I would highly recommend Grissini's Ristorante in Englewood Cliffs. They are having an upcoming Ravioli day on Friday, March 20th! With specials like sausage ravioli, veal ravioli, even ravioli stuffed with hazelnut chocolate served with vanilla ice cream! This is sure to be one place to check out!

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    1. re: nicolesmith
      fourunder Mar 13, 2009 07:42 AM

      A table of two would be lucky to leave Grissini's for under $200.

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      JohnF Mar 3, 2009 08:57 AM

      It's a couple towns farther than you mentioned, but Bellissimo's in Montvale offers nice food with the advantage of being bring-your-own which keeps costs down for a big group. Had 3 very good meals there and our dinner partners were also happy. Gnocchis were excellent. The following is the County newspaper review.

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        oregon Mar 2, 2009 04:21 PM

        lucas in ridgefield park is the best and a bring your own. the gnocci, the clams casino, they r the best hands down

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          fourunder Feb 28, 2009 12:30 PM

          I've never eaten here, but there may be an option in Fort Lee according to:


          1. rifkind81 Feb 26, 2009 07:38 PM

            Go to Andiamo in Haworth for well prepared red-sauce Italian food. 'Nuff said.

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              fourunder Feb 26, 2009 07:55 PM

              Given the parameters set by the OP's request for under $200......I don't think Andiamo's is really going to to be an option.

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              fourunder Feb 20, 2009 09:57 AM

              If you are willing to go to North Bergen, you can easily eat for under $200 at Di Palma Brothers. It's a BYOB and portions are very large where sharing is encouraged at the table.


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              1. re: fourunder
                NYCnowLA Feb 23, 2009 05:06 PM

                that's gonna be too out of range. would love to try it though! i guess i'll be cooking it up myself.

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                  billpitcher Feb 23, 2009 05:14 PM

                  North Bergen is a mile from Cliffside Park, if that. And DiPalma Brothers is only two or three blocks removed from Bergen County.

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                    CubanBee Feb 28, 2009 04:18 PM

                    Indeedy -- DiPalma is literally 5 minutes out of Cliffside Park, and for food this good (and budget-friendly) at a BYO, methinks the short jaunt is very, very well worth it.

                2. re: fourunder
                  shopgirl Feb 25, 2009 02:50 PM

                  Wow! Fourunder...thanks for that post! I was just reading the posts and saw yours...my husband grew up in North Bergen although we live in Bergen County now. That's not far at all! He looked at the delicious picture and said "let's go!"
                  Thanks again!

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                    fourunder Feb 26, 2009 08:14 PM


                    I know in the last topic about Totowa I stated I rarely recommend BYOBs, but this is an exception. It's a place where you feel like you are eating at someone's Grandma's home. The antiques are a little quirky, but the food is solid. There's a food display behind glass, in front of the kitchen that shows the day's specials. I do not recall exactly what I ordered last time there, but I do remember we had a four cheese/grilled zucchini/yellow squash appetizer that was excellent and an eggplant meatball item that was so so. I believe my son also ordered the eggplant rollatini for an appetizer. We had the Spinach Foggatini as a middle course. I ordered the Chicken Parmigiano, which came with four cutlets, but I do not recall what my son had. Two bottles of Pellegrino and the food total was about $60 before gratuity. It was easily enough food for four people and there was a big doggie bag to take home.

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                      shopgirl Mar 1, 2009 02:46 PM

                      We went to DiPalma's Friday night and it was a hoot! The absolute best eggplant parm I have ever eaten -- including mine! As stated, their sauce is sweet, mild and spectacular! My husband ordered the veal parm and was impressed by two very thick cutlets with hardly any coating of bread. With the salad and the bruchetta, we decided we'd better not order appys. We were right! It was fantastic and we'll be back soon!

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                  meb903 Feb 20, 2009 03:23 AM

                  bergen county is a big area so please narrow it down a little.

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                    NYCnowLA Feb 20, 2009 07:04 AM

                    tenafly, englewood, bergenfield, demarest, closter, cresskill, palisades park, cliffside park, old tappan, fort lee, teaneck, edgewater

                    1. re: NYCnowLA
                      foodyum Feb 27, 2009 04:14 AM

                      How about Max's in Tenafly or Buongiorno's Ristorantein Dumont or Buon Gusto Restaurant in Closter
                      All are BYoB. I like Buongiorno's the best for a big family dinner. Really large portions.
                      Buon Gusto is a lttle more expensive and has more fish items on the menu.

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                        thaichile Feb 28, 2009 09:33 AM

                        Max's is horrible, definately would leave that one alone. I ate at Buongiorno's when it first opened and was given a good review in The Record. Not impressed at that time but it has been quite awhile. I have been interested in checking out DiPalma for awhile, so bearing in mind how difficult it is in Bergen County to eat for that price, I would totally give it a shot.

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