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getrealchris Feb 3, 2011 03:29 PM

The other night a friend took me to a new eatery in the quaint little village of Kingston, New Jersey (right outside of Princeton) called Osteria Procaccini. The restaurant features a a terra cotta brick oven and offers a simple menu of thin crust brick oven pizzas, panini, a few antipasti dishes, and 9 different salads. The dining room is tiny with only 5 or 6 tables, but it's clean and cozy and they also do take-out if you prefer. Since the restaurant doesn't serve liquor they invite dine in patrons to bring their own.

I love a good thin crust pizza charred and bubbly out of a brick oven and Osteria Procaccini did not disappoint. But just as important to me is fact that the restaurant seems committed to using only high quality ingredients.

Their menu states:

" Osteria Procaccini offers all natural Italian food using quality ingredients that are sustainable, organic and local whenever possible; like things used to be.
Our concept is authentic Italian food free of artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners, flavors, hydrogenated fats, and to promote healthy eating."

Here is a rundown of the food on which we feasted. For starters we shared the mela e noce salad. This consisted of baby spinach in a balsamic vinaigrette, slices of granny smith apples, walnuts and a nice amount of gorgonzola, which we asked for on the side because my friend doesn't eat dairy. The salad was very fresh, nicely dressed and was garnished with a crouton like bread crisp that was especially tasty. 

 Next we ordered two of the brick oven pizzas. We choose the il Tartufo di Gianni which was topped with organic san marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, Applegate Farms nitrate free sausage, mushrooms, and white truffle oil imported from Italy. Our second pie was Tino's Margherita which we ordered cheese-less for my friend, but added red roasted peppers, sun dried tomatoes, and mushrooms. Both pies were awesome. The crust was crispy and had a lot of flavor on it's own and the toppings were bright and fresh. The pies are 10 inches, but very thin so I imagine that someone with a big appetite like my husband, could polish one off on his own, but we had plenty of leftovers to take home.
  
My friend, who had dined at Osteria Procaccini before, insisted that I try their signature dessert which they call la dolce vita. I'm so glad that I did. This was thin crust dessert pizza generously spread with nutella and topped with berries and whipped cream. We ate in silence, occasionally pausing to add a "hmmmm this is sooo good."

I can't wait to go back to this place. Griff. Next time I am going to try one of whole wheat crust pizzas and some of the antipasti dishes that looked tempting.  When you are striving to nourish your body with only REAL, unprocessed food eating out can be a such a challenge, but with restaurants like Osteria Procaccini opening up it's getting easier.

Review by Chris
www.getrealchris.blogspot.com

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Osteria Procaccini
4428 Route 27 North, Kingston, NJ 08528

 
  1. Angelina Sep 21, 2013 09:06 AM

    OMG!! I went here for the first time last night, and I should have gone way sooner! It was great!! We had the pizza with all the arugala on it and fresh shaved cheese...soo good! We also had the pie with the sausage and procuitto on it.

    I can't even begin to tell you the freshness and quality of all the items. Mu husband joked that we should go back again tonite!! I will definitely be back!

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      tom246 Sep 21, 2013 10:44 PM

      Hey Angelina, it's about time you made it here :) (kidding).You will be hard pressed to find a better pie anywhere.

      If you want to have a fun day, hit Nomad in Hopewell followed by OP and compare the two. Hard to pick a winner, both places are awesome and not that far apart.

      BTW, did you have any of the salads at OP, if not next time have one. You can thank me later :).

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        Angelina Sep 22, 2013 05:05 AM

        Ha ha! Thanks Tom!! I am STILL talking about those pies we had Friday night. Funny about the salad, my husband said we should order one to try, but I kept thinking, boring salad in a pizza place! Then, when the table next to us had two...I regretted that move!!

        I don't know what took us so long to get here! I think because in stead of traveling that direction, we always head the other way..towards Red Bank or shore area. (I am in Millstone like you!)

        So happy we did go. Next up is Nomad like you said!! Thanks Tom! :)

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          tom246 Sep 22, 2013 09:24 AM

          Yea, the salads at OP are pretty special. Give us a report on Nomad when you go. Unfortunately, we are now on the "other coast" and only get to OP when we are back visiting.

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            Angelina Sep 22, 2013 02:20 PM

            Hi Tom! We were planning on going to Nomad tonite (as per your recommendation), but the little princess fell into a deep sleep around 3:30...so we will have to wait!

            I clicked on your profile...wow..are you living in San Fran now?? Nice, I love that city. Very eclectic..and chilly nights! :)

            Anyway, thanks for the telling me about Nomad and the salad in OP!!! I will report back!!

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      tom246 Nov 4, 2012 05:23 AM

      Without power (which in Millstone, Monmouth County means no water because of wells only) for 6 days and counting is a pain but family and house is fine and we are doing good. We got cleaned up at work which is half way to Kingston, called to see if Osteria Procaccini was open and they were. Easy decision, went there late Saturday afternoon and for a bit of time totally forgot about Sandy.

      Had an order of the best meatballs you can imagine, in a plump tomato sauce with a touch of shaved pecorino on top with some fresh basil. A wonderful start. Also had the house antipasto which as described before is a great selection of meats, cheeses, roasted peppers, olives, roasted zucchiniand more. Finished with a Ruchetta e Prosciutto which has a great mix of mozzarella, prosciutto, baby arugula, shaved parm and balsamic reduction. Yum! Can’t think of a better way to get away from Sandy, at least for a couple hours.
      Hope everyone is doing well, especially friends and fellow hounds closer to the shore in Ocean, Monmouth and Atlantic Counties.

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        tom246 May 20, 2012 07:46 AM

        Back yesterday from a painfully long trip, no reservation, need to relax, where to go. Easy decision, went to Osteria Procaccini for an early feast of pizza and other menu items. It was a gorgeous evening to be on the patio and when we arrived it was full with hungry diners. Got a table and sipped some wine while deciding what to order.

        We sampled a special appetizer of bruschetta which was garlic rubbed toasted ciabatta bread with fresh diced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. This was a bruschetta you could sink your teeth into and was very fresh and tasty. Also split the contadino salad, the slices of fresh prosciutto covered with mixed baby greens, balsamic vinaigrette, shaved parmigiano reggiano, EVVO and a balsamic reduction. Large enough for two and just the right blend of single ingredients to make a delicious salad.

        A special pizza consisting of sopressata, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, kalamata olives and fresh basil sounded good but tasted even better. A great combination! Also had the Dora which is a favorite, San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, local Martin Farms sausage and Applegate Farms pepperoni. The local sourced meats have a mild but distinct flavor. Have some of each pie left over for today.

        Finished by sharing a large cannoli freshly stuffed with creamy filling and a touch of citrus. A yummy ending. Osteria Procaccini is a bustling restaurant not unlike what you see in Italy. The servers do a nice job of keeping everything orderly under control. I noticed that I mentioned “fresh” several times in this report, well that’s because everything is fresh!

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          tom246 Oct 7, 2012 04:15 PM

          On the way back from a funny and sad flick called The Oranges, we stopped here for an early dinner. Had the House Antipasto which is a huge plate of the very freshest prosciutto, salami, sopressata, parma reggiano, provolone, sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, three types of olives and roasted zucchini, almost caponata like. A meal in itself, with a glass of wine this is heaven. Also had the Pizza Dora which is a flavorful blend of Applegate Farms nitrate free sausage and pepperoni. This is a favorite of ours. Finished the meal with two huge pumpkin pecan biscotti which were a special and were delicious.

          A picture is worth a thousand words, here are pictures of the Antipasto and Pizza Dora. Sorry, ate the biscotti before taking the picture :). Servers here are friendly and helpful, especially Missy and Shawn who are always looking to make your meal enjoyable.
          A lot of great pizza in NJ and we have visited a lot of them but for us Osteria Procaccini is the very best.

           
           
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            stillnotdon Oct 7, 2012 04:51 PM

            They should be paying you to write this stuff :)

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              tom246 Oct 7, 2012 05:15 PM

              I can wash dishes, that the extent of my kitchen duties :)

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              ebchower Oct 7, 2012 05:00 PM

              Did you see The Oranges at Montgomery Cinemas? I like the Thomas Sweet cafe next door to them. Good coffee and ice cream.

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                tom246 Oct 7, 2012 05:18 PM

                Yes, at Montgomery Cinema. Had a coffee at TS before the movie. Osteria is a 5 minute ride on the way back from the movies. Love the art house flicks shown at Montgomery Cinemas.

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                  ebchower Oct 7, 2012 05:30 PM

                  Princeton also has an art house theater with a Thomas Sweet nearby. But Montgomery has a better behaved audience. Never had a problem with talking or texting there.

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                    tom246 Oct 7, 2012 05:37 PM

                    Montgomery is much better than Princeton and also has much better variety (more theaters). The TS next door is a bonus. Also enjoy Clearview in Red Bank and lots of food options in walking distance.

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            tom246 Apr 8, 2012 03:26 PM

            On the way back from the airport yesterday, a quick detour down Rt 1 to Osteria Procaccini which has become a real favorite of ours. Perfect timing as we snagged an open table. Shared the Condadino salad described previously, and two pizzas, Dora and "Z Pie" which was one of the very best mushroom pies ever. Organic crimini and shitaki mushrooms, topped with white truffle oil, sliced provolone cheese and fresh parsley. A couple glasses oof wine with those pizzas made for a great meal.

            The large welcoming deck had a few people yesterday, soon the warm weather will get everyone out there.

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              tom246 Mar 8, 2012 09:06 AM

              If anyone is interested, here is the link to the recent review by the New York Times.
              http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/nyr...

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                jsfein Mar 8, 2012 11:14 AM

                I gotta get to this place

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                tom246 Feb 12, 2012 05:09 AM

                We had not been back to Osteria Procaccini since the late fall, memories of that nice deck out back were a distant memory as the snow and sleet came down last night.

                Everyone’s “best” list is just that, a list but its nice to throw it out there and it usually creates interest.
                After our meal last night, for me, I think Osteria Procaccini has the best pizza around. Each pizza is so distinctly different in appearance and taste and all are delicious.
                Wife and I commented that eating pizza here is more like having a very nice dinner, the flavors are that good.

                Started with the Contadino salad, thin slices of beautiful prosciutto di parma, mixed baby greens, balsamic vinaigrette, shaved parmigiano reggiano drizzled with EVOO and a balsamic reduction. Great salad and plenty for two to share.

                As we waited a few minutes for a table, we saw a pizza come out that looked really good. There goes that appearance thing I was talking about. It was the Caprino di Gianna, goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, red onions, red peppers, and EVOO. The onions and peppers cutting the richness of the goat cheese perfectly.
                Also ordered the Pizza Dora which is the polar opposite but every bit as delicious. Dora, organic San Marzano tomato sauce topped with fresh mozzarella and Applegate Farms sausage and pepperoni.
                Have a little of both left for lunch (or maybe breakfast today :)

                We split a tasty cannoli for dessert and left this little jewel full and very happy. OP is small but tables turn pretty quickly as the pizza only takes about 90 seconds from start to finish. Don’t worry, your not rushed in any way as the pizza is spaced out very well. The servers hustle and do a nice job.
                OP is located right off Rt 27 in Kingston, just north of Princeton. The owner-chef Tino makes you feel like your in his home. Enjoy!

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                  jester99 Aug 9, 2011 09:26 AM

                  Wow, i think I need to stop by this place, from the looks of the pies are they Neapolitan style pies, similar to the ones at say Nomad?

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                    tom246 Aug 6, 2011 06:59 AM

                    What a nice evening yesterday sitting on that deck, enjoying the breeze and chowing on some tasty food. Split a special appetizer of melon wrapped in prosciutto, some arugula and drizzled with aged balsamic.
                    Pizza Dora and Pizza Ruchetta e Prosciutto as good as ever, washed it down with some Copain pinot noir.

                    Some news, the owners of Osteria Procaccini have taken over PJ's Pancake House in downtown Princeton. Thet are performing some badly needed TLC to the place. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
                    Our server told us the idea is eventually for a "pancake and pasta house". Based on the food at Osteria Procaccini, can't wait to try that pasta!

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                      glutton Aug 7, 2011 07:45 AM

                      I saw the news, too, and am hopeful they can make PJs a place worth eating. Some people go for sentimental reasons, which is fine, but if you're going to PJs for the quality of the food, you'll be disappointed. I've had a couple meals there of lousy pancakes (half cooked in one order), inattentive service, and low quality ingredients. This, of course, is entirely a contrast to Procaccini, where service is good, the ingredients are quality, and the food is very good.

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                      Check17 May 21, 2011 06:55 AM

                      Yesterday we went to the Dutch Amish market on route 27 and then we stopped by Osteria Procaccini for dinner. We had the ceasar salad and side salad which tasted and looked like it was just picked from the garden, followed by our usual pizza Dora and the white clam pie. It was even better than the last time we were there if that is even possible. The people there are always so pleasant it makes your eating experience such a joy. We are very lucky to this place less than 15 minutes from where we live

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                      Osteria Procaccini
                      4428 Route 27 North, Kingston, NJ 08528

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                        tom246 Apr 17, 2011 05:09 PM

                        Back from another great meal at this little gem. Contadino salad with thin sliced proscuitto di parma, mixed baby greens, balsamic vinaigrette, shaved parmigiano reggiano and drizzled with EVOO.
                        Two pizzas. First was "Dora" San Marzano tomato sauce, topped with fresh mozzarella and Applegate Farms nitrate free sausage and pepperoni.
                        The other was Pizza Vongole, fresh baby clams marinated in EVOO, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano and parsley topped with shaved parmigiano. Could have white or red, as the Dora had red sauce we chose white for the clam pizza.
                        Both were wonderful, these are some of the best pizza you will find anywhere. Osteria Procaccni has become our favorite specialty pizza place.

                        Still only a few tables indoors but they have a deck out back with several more tables available. That deck will make for a nice setting this summer eating these pizzas and having a glass of wine. I have never uploaded pictures so not sure if this will work.

                         
                         
                         
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                          Foody4life Apr 18, 2011 08:09 PM

                          shhhhhh! need to keep this gem a secret! Great report tom and we agree - our new favorite specialty pizza. The real deal. Ultra fresh ingredients. Perfect proportions. Great people. We'll see you on the deck this summer.

                          Might have to organize an Osteria Procaccini, Nomad and dare I say DeLorenzo's pizza comparo/throw down some lazy day this summer?!

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                            tom246 Apr 19, 2011 09:47 AM

                            Foody, its a deal. Look forward to relaxing on that deck this summer. Umm, Osteria Procaccini, Nomad (haven't been) and Delorenzo's (been many times).
                            That is a major league throw down :) Can't begin to predict a winner.

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                              Foody4life Oct 31, 2011 05:58 AM

                              J and I have now had a chance to complete the throwdown group! Would love to hear your rankings as well. Here's ours:

                              -- 1st place: Osteria Procaccini

                              The absolute perfect pizza. Thin, crispy, open fired smoky and flavorful crust. Ultra high quality toppings including our fav arugala, proscuitto & shaved parm. Excellent selection of salads and other items. To die for dessert pizza with Nutella. BYOB

                              -- 2nd place: Nomad Hopewell

                              The next to perfect pizza. Luv'd them when they were the vintage REO Speedwagon pizza truck. Luv'd them more when they opened their place in Hopewell. Both continue to make a great wood fired, thin crust pizza. Unique toppings include veggies and herbs grown in their on site garden and proteins from local farms. Nice garden area to enjoy the inevitable summer wait and a glass of your favorite BYOB.

                              -- 3rd place: Delorenzo's Robbinsville

                              Sorry, but our least fav. Insanely crowded from the daily 3:30 lineup for opening tables at 4, until the last pizza is served at 10. Surely waiter on our most recent visit. Indifferent care in serving a good product do to the high turnover. Crust was thin, dry and super salty without much taste. Toppings are traditional and nothing special. Excellent antipasto and salads available. Has restrooms - unlike the Hudson Street landmark. BYOB

                              Yep, I'll surely get flamed for not being a Delorenzo lover, but my belly knows this isn't the best any more!

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                                tom246 Oct 31, 2011 12:49 PM

                                Foody, can't add anything to your first two choices, they are both excellent. Only been to Nomad once so my bias is toward Osteria but both are excellent.

                                We also love Delorenzo's but its a totally different pie than either Nomad or Osteria. Not traditional because its a tomato pie but not an "artisan" pie like the other two.
                                A better comparison for me would be Delorenzo's vs Papa's or another tomato pie maker.

                                No flames from me, taste is subjective pure and simple.

                                Now you have me hankering for some pizza tonight :)

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                          tom246 Mar 6, 2011 04:53 PM

                          On the way back from seeing Cedar Rapids (raunchy, funny flick) we stopped at Osteria Procaccini and indulged in a couple of pizzas.
                          Started with an excellent fire roasted beet, goat cheese, baby arugula, walnuts, all tossed in a house balsamic dressing and was more than large enough for two.
                          Shared two pizzas, the Margherita was delicious and also had the Il Tartufo di Gianni which featured sam marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, Applegate Farms sausage, mushrooms and a dash of white truffle oil.
                          Perfect contrast with the Margherita, this was also excellent. Took some of each home and will enjoy tomorrow.
                          On the way out I noticed that they had the clam pizza on the special board. The server and owner mentioned that it is now a "regular" menu item, just not yet on the printed menu. Next time :)

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                          Osteria Procaccini
                          4428 Route 27 North, Kingston, NJ 08528

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                            Check17 Feb 11, 2011 03:54 PM

                            Tried Osteria Procaccini today with my daughter. We ordered pizza Dora and the white clam pie which in my opinion was better than the clam pie Delorenzos makes. This little gem of a place is not to be missed. Get there early unless you are ordering take out. Parking is in the back that is shared with other stores.

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                            Osteria Procaccini
                            4428 Route 27 North, Kingston, NJ 08528

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                              tom246 Feb 6, 2011 02:26 PM

                              I fully admit to being a pizza junkie. Love to explore and find one that makes you smile. Seeing the photo by Chris here on CH and on her Blog (well done Chris!) had me wanting to try Osteria Procaccini.

                              After some afternoon browsing in Princeton, we hopped down Rt 27 to Osteria Procaccini. It is tiny, only 5 tables so if you intend on eating in, planning is essential.
                              All the pizza is 10-12 inches which allows for mixing and matching pizza with salads and or antipasto.

                              We chose the Antipasto Della Casa which was a large plate of assorted Italian salumi, Italian cheeses, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes and assorted olives. A meal in itself, this was a delicious starter.
                              For pizza we ordered the Ruchetta e Prosciutto which had fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced prosciutto di parma, topped with baby arugula, shaved parmigiano and a balsamic reduction.
                              This crispy thin crust beauty was excellent in every way and paired with the antipasto was plenty for two. My only regret was not taking a picture to show here.
                              The menu offers 10 different specialty pizza or start with a plain and add toppings. Also on the menu are 8 different salads, a few different bruschetta and a assortment of panini.
                              I only wish we had room for their signature dessert, La Dolce Vita, thin crust pizza topped with chocolate hazelnut nutella, fresh seasonal fruits and berries, finished off with whipped cream.
                              Are you kidding me, next time for sure!

                              I spoke with the owner Tino for a couple of minutes when leaving and everything he prepares he does with loving care. I wish him well and if the rest of the menu is as good as today, he will need to expand :).
                              BYO is encouraged. If specialty thin crust pizza is your passion, Osteria Procaccini is the place for you.

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                              Osteria Procaccini
                              4428 Route 27 North, Kingston, NJ 08528

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                                stillnotdon Feb 7, 2011 05:00 PM

                                Don't want to get accused of hijacking... :) My friend and I loved osteria Procaccini, in fact I tried to start a thread on Feb 2, but nobody noticed!!!!! John and Tino are the guys who used to own La Principessa, in the Kingston Mall( and are still, I believe, partners at the Princeton Sports Bar, formerly Sotto,--which I'll try not to hold against them) This place is soooo much better. The beet salad was amazing and huge, too. Attention is paid to the little things- a side of artichoke sundried tomato salad served with a panini was delicious. We also tried Tino's Pizza and it was so fresh and simple I could taste the individual ingredients. I actually work in Kingston, so this place opening there is pretty exciting.

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                                bfl13 Feb 3, 2011 05:50 PM

                                My wife and I dined there 2 weeks ago and came away smiling! The food was great and the warmth, hospitality and pride the staff shows really added to the experience. We had 2 different pizzas and the cheese & charcuterie platter. A lot of good tasting food. Next time we are planning to try some of the panini!

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