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Mar 3, 2013 05:44 PM

Acappello -- Montclair, NJ

Went last night for dinner. Very good food, good atmosphere, and a nice place.

It was crowded as there were two shows last night which had Montclair hopping. Acappello was booked solid.

They started us off with a nice crust bread -- and two pieces of bruschetta, surrounded by lightly fried slices of zucchini. We had a few appetizers, and I'll specifically speak to the Shrimp Gorgonzola. The shrimp were good sized, butterflied, but the so called gorgonzola sauce was not what I expected -- it was much better, and excellent! It was a rich, creamy, and very flavorful sauce, but not heavy or too thick, and certainly not an overwhelming or over-powering gorgonzola flavor. We also had the portobello mushroom appetizer, also good.

One of the specials last night was a filet mignon and veal meatballs over linguine -- and the meatballs were excellent. There wasn't that much linguine, but the focal point was the meatballs, and they were big -- flavorful, soft, very good taste. I was glad the sauce was not overpowering and didn't oversaturate or drown the linguine or meatballs. There was also a scallop special which was also very good.

I've heard a lot of good things about Acappello, and from what I gather a few of the bumps in the road, here and there, were regarding service. Well, last night the place was packed, and they had to turn people away. They had a manager-type person walking throughout the restaurant, making sure all was going smooth, and he jumped in when he had to. I can see a few minor service issues. The staff seems a bit young, but that's OK -- just make sure they know their job, do a good job, etc. But everyone I personally know who have gone liked the food and liked the place.

My take -- very good food and I would go back without question. I enjoyed it.

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    1. re: Curlz

      398 Bloomfield Ave.

      Right on the corner, by the theater.

      They have a website...

      1. re: ELA

        That's the former Sesame space, no? Interesting...

        1. re: Curlz

          I don't know. I haven't been there before. A friend recommended it, and it turned out several friends had been there and everyone liked it. I got good reports from everyone who went.

          Food was good, like I said, flavorful, taste, etc.

          Give it a shot if you like! I did! LOL. I'd go back any time.

    2. We ate at Acapello last night. Above average Italian, I had a monkfish francaise special. While I enjoyed it and it was a copius portion, I was a little shocked to find out it cost $32.95. It was a special and in a what the heck moment, I didn;t ask the price. My wife had a seafood on pasta dish that was fresh and good--calamari, clams and shrimp over capellini. Salads were large, fresh and refreshing, dessert was a homemade apple galette with ice cream. Service was exceptionally good. Our waiter was wowed by our wine and we left him the remainder for science!
      Anyone remember when this space was called Blue Sky?We once attended a wild game dinner there.

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      1. re: scarlet knight

        Went back this past weekend -- again, very, very good! Really enjoyed the specials. All of the food and ingredients were fresh, good portions, excellent flavors and taste. Again, they were crowded -- reservations only it appeared.

        This is turning into a go-to place for many from what I am seeing and hearing. Spoke with some people there, all repeat customers, and the new ones were all recommended by friends/repeat customers.

        Very good place. Try it.