Libretti's in Orange
Across from a dilapated old warehouse with broken out windows, not too far from the traintracks, is a beacon of old school Italian goodness. 60 years they've been getting it done, and don't seem to be slowing down. Celebrity photos, music in the lounge, with just enough attitude melded with charm to remind you that you are in New Jersey, and good red sauce Italian, if you haven't been, you must.
Well I was back earlier this month for the first time in about 20 years and I have to say coldbeer's description rings very true. It is fairly old school red sauce, but we did have the caprese quesadilla (basil, tomato & mozzarella inside two tortillas) and it was quite good - no doubt invented by the folks doing the cooking.
I have always wondered about Libretti's and Bella Italia, which I see from the train every day. Sounds like I should try Libretti's.
Appian Way is not worth a visit these days. It's like eating at the kids table in my Grandmother's 1970s wood-paneled basement, except the food isn't good.
619 Langdon St, Orange, NJ 07050