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Feb 3, 2011 03:29 PM

Osteria Procaccini in Kingston NJ

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

Osteria Procaccini
4428 Route 27 North, Kingston, NJ 08528

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  1. 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!

    1. 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.

      Osteria Procaccini
      4428 Route 27 North, Kingston, NJ 08528

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      1. re: tom246

        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.

      2. 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.

        Osteria Procaccini
        4428 Route 27 North, Kingston, NJ 08528

        1. 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 :)

          Osteria Procaccini
          4428 Route 27 North, Kingston, NJ 08528

          1. 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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            1. re: tom246

              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?!

              1. re: Foody4life

                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.

                1. re: tom246

                  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!

                  1. re: Foody4life

                    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 :)