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Nunzio Sep 9, 2013 06:29 PM

Looking for a nice Italian restaurant for Friday night for three couples. We live in Morristown, Berkeley Heights, and Short Hills so something around those areas would be great. Nothing real fancy. Thanks

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    tommygphotos Sep 10, 2013 09:50 AM

    My votes:
    Basilico-Millburn (BYOB)
    La Pastaria-Summit (BYOB)
    Brick Oven-Westfield (BYOB)

    Pure coincidence they are all BYOB.
    Honorable mention, Mario's Tutte Bene in Union. Full bar and Karaoke on Friday nights at the bar. Might be fun with a group.

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      sockster Sep 10, 2013 09:57 AM

      Try Sette in Bernardsville- OUTSTANDING!!

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        carlylecat Sep 10, 2013 11:19 AM

        Il Mondo Vechio in Madiosn

        1. Nunzio Sep 11, 2013 09:15 AM

          Thanks for the recs. I loved Basilico but they are booked, we always go to La Pastaria, it is one of our favs. And Il Mondo Vechio we go to a lot also.

          Is there anything else out there that is in our areas?

          Thanks so much!!!

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            PuniceaRana Sep 11, 2013 02:12 PM

            Portofino's in Morristown is an option. It's a great old school place that has been around forever. Never had a bad experience there. Another option may be Guerrero's also in Morristown, the food is good, though I found the place to be way to noisy to hold a decent conversation at the table the night we went. I have heard others comment on Guerrero's being quite "lively and boisterous" so if you are looking for quiet dinner conversation, it might not be the right place. Fiorino's in Summit is also a solid choice, they have really good Tuscan fare.

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              lemarais Sep 11, 2013 04:30 PM

              Rocco's Tuscany in Madison is a nice place for solid, basic, Ital American dishes. Sleek ambience inside. Moderate pricing is nice as well, which is a surprise in upscale Madison.

              1. Nunzio Sep 12, 2013 08:41 AM

                Not really looking for a red sauce Italian American restaurant. Strega in Berkeley Heights would be the perfect place but I go there almost every week. If you haven't been there you should try it.

                1. Nunzio Sep 13, 2013 11:25 AM

                  OK So we have decided on La Pastaria in Summit. You can't go wrong with this place. Good prices, Huge menu and specials to choose from. Just a great place that we all agree on.
                  Thanks for your help!!

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                    lemarais Sep 14, 2013 09:41 AM

                    In my experience places with smaller menus are a lot better. Much less food to inventory, better concentration on a smaller variety of dishes.

                    Plus, a lot of "red sauce" entrees!

                    And the cardinal sin, their "Carbonara" has cream in it! A BIG no-no!!! Authentic Carbonara has ZERO cream!

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