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Montclair - Osteria Giotto or La Scala del Nonna

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Need to pick a restaurant for a birthday party for family member at the end of the month. These two restaurants are in the running ( I know there may be better restaurants in Montclair, but it's the birthday girl's choice).I haven't been to either, though I have heard great things about Giotto. Thanks.

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  1. I haven't eaten at La Scala del Nonna, but based on what I've read, Chef Cetrulo opened the place but isn't there every day. I guess it also depends on the 'vibe' you want...the photos of La Scala look like a more upscale vibe overall, whereas Giotto has more of the vibe I found when in Florence (it's about the food, not as much about the decor)--and I *have* eaten at Giotto and enjoyed it. Two cents that may not help, but there you go...

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    1. re: Curlz

      Have not tried La Scala yet, but Giotto has long been my #1 in town and never disappoints.
      Also, following up on Curlz vibe angle, Giotto is currently closed until 8/13 for renovations, so that could change as well.

    2. Four of us ate at Giotto last year, and we greatly enjoyed our food. We did, however, found the dining room very crowded and the service hurried.

      Details on my blog.

      http://mexkitchen.blogspot.com/2013/0...

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      1. re: Anonimo

        Thanks. We are going to Osteria Giotto. I'll report back. I know it's a little thing, but, as an Italian speaker, I was put off by the egregious mistake in the other restaurant's name - it should be Scala della Nonna. You'd think people would check. I know "picky, picky, picky . . . ."