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  1. No one can recommend a good bring your own alcohol restaurant in the Fort Lee (Bergen County) area? We are from west Essex and not up to date with what is happening in Fort Lee.

    1. Tutto A Modo Mio on Bergen Blvd in Ridgefield is about 5 minutes from Fort Lee. It is an excellent BYO.

      Tutto A Modo Mio
      482 Bergen Blvd, Ridgefield, NJ 07657

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      1. re: NJfoodLover

        Thanks, NJFoodLover, exactly what we are looking for, but hard to know about if you're not a local. Have you ever tried Franco's in the mall that used to house Pathmark? We like it , but it's not BYO.

        1. re: scarlet knight


          another possibility for the future. It's been years since I've been here, but pass by on any given day they are open for lunch or dinner and they are still busy...especially later in the week. It's just minutes off the Turnpike/Route 80 exit.


      2. you may want to narrow yer search down to cuisine type, as most rest. are BYO in Bergen county

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        1. re: sixelagogo

          I have lived in Bergen County all my life and I would say less than 25% or 30% are BYOB. Ridgewood is the only town where I would say most are BYOB. Even many of the diners in Bergen serve Alcohol.

          1. re: NJfoodLover

            Actually, statistically, 80% of the restaurants in Bergen are BYO.

            1. re: menton1

              Really I never would have thought that. We are alway in Search of BYOs and it seems like we find more that serve Alcohol then ones that don't. I would be interested in seeing these statics. Where did you find them?

        2. Fort Lee area is loaded with mostly Korean/Chinese restaurants, catering to customers hailing from there. There's a couple of red-sauce Italians, the best is probably Big Red Tomato, on the Fort Lee-Cliffside border; and a good Vietnamese, Mo Pho, on Main St. in town.

          If you are looking for a place more upscale and more interesting, you need to travel a bit west & north from FtL.

          It could help if you could say what type of cuisine, as sixelagogo mentioned...

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          1. re: menton1

            Let's narrow it to Italian.

            1. re: scarlet knight

              Italian Red-Sauce--

              Big Red Tomato-- Anderson ave, Fort Lee.
              Cafe Italiano, on 9W, Englewood Cliffs.

              Both decent, but not extraordinary.

              Big Red Tomato
              1205 Anderson Ave Ste 1, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

              1. re: menton1

                agree on big red tomato. Mediocre. i will try Tutto, but I'm open to other suggestions.

                1. re: scarlet knight

                  Most Italians in NJ are mediocre. BRT is actually better than Tutto, IMHO. Try Cafe Italiano in the Cliffs-- nice ambience, old colonial house outfitted for a restaurant.

                  Or head over to Tenafly to Simply Vietnamese. Wonderful place.

          2. Where did you wind up, scarlet?

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            1. re: menton1

              We rescheduled for this Sunday and I'll post a review. Have to run it by our relatives to finalize the place.

              1. re: scarlet knight

                we will be going to Fontana DiTrevi in Leonia this weekend. anyone try it?

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                  1. re: scarlet knight

                    Spoke to a friend who has been there-- Old school 70s style Ital-American, and pretty pricey for pretty ordinary stuff-- Noise can also be a problem.

                    They said that Cafe Italiano in Eng Cliffs is a bit more fun and more creative.

                    1. re: menton1

                      Can't say it was my idea, but we try not to be dictators and give other people a chance to pick. I did hear about it from other relatives who liked it and it was difficult to get a reservation, but we'll see. I'll post my review.

                      At least I'm bringing a good Barolo. If it stinks, we'll comfort ourselves with that.

                      1. re: scarlet knight

                        Ahhhh Barolo. Yes, reminds me of my vacation in Torino, and my visit to Eataly-Torino!

                        1. re: menton1

                          Have you been to the Eataly in NYC? I just went a few weeks ago and loved it. It has insprired my vacation to Italy this summer.

                          1. re: NJfoodLover

                            No, just the original one in Torino. If you are in Torino, do not miss it!

                    2. re: scarlet knight

                      How was Fontana Di Trevi? Did you like it?

                      1. re: praiabrava

                        It was almost a year ago, but we did like it. See my review below.

                2. fontana di trevi is pretty good . My wife and i had salads that were very innovative. i had a halibut entree which was above average and a large portion (2 fillets, one would have been enough). my wife was enthusiastic about her osso bucco and,especially, the accompanying gnocchi. Our relatives seemed pleased, too.

                  On Saturday night, the noise was remarkably loud.The service and attentiveness of the staff was very good. i would go back, but preferably not on a weekend.

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                  1. re: scarlet knight

                    Did you find it only ordinary or reminiscent of the 70's? Looking at the menu, the prices do seem high, but in the end, considering the size of the portions served, did you feel the pricing was reasonable and appropriate? Also, considering the size of the portions, does FDT encourage or discourages sharing....TIA.

                    If you like rustic, old school Italian fare, consider DiPalma Brother's in North Bergen.

                    1. re: fourunder

                      I thought the salads showed innovation. The entrees ranged from $17 to 36, with $23 the rough median. so I would call the menu familiar, comfortable, but not entirely old school.

                      my biggest complaint was the noise. There were a couple of very large tables that were really loud. one man at one of these tables even apologized to us, asking if they were too loud. i said don't worry about it, but why do people yell? Are they drunk?

                      I would go back, preferably not on a weekend.

                      1. re: scarlet knight

                        Despite the noise and naysayers notwithstanding, it sounds like the food and company made for an enjoyable evening. Thanks for sharing.

                  2. I would rate this place as very good for food and service. The decor is reminiscent of medieval Italy, I liked it. only big negative is the noise.

                    1. We ate at Tutto A Modo Mio with a family group of six last night. I enjoyed it very much. We started with a mozarella and tomato plate. Only two small pieces of tomato, thought they could have been more generous. But the mozarella was great! They were more generous with my large portion of red snapper, which was very fresh for a Sunday evening. Came with a side of linguine.

                      Staff was friendly and helpful. There are a ton of classic Italian BYOs in this area and I thought this was one of the best. Fair prices, nice decor, good service. Would be happy to return. Noticed al ot of regulars and it was well attended, not always the case on Sunday night.

                      Tutto A Modo Mio
                      482 Bergen Blvd, Ridgefield, NJ 07657