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There are so many Italian restaurants in the northern NJ area, that it is hard to choose a good one. Some of the best have dropped in their quality. We are looking for excellent food, home-made pastas and fine service. What are your choices? :confused:

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"down" good or "down" bad?

i liked it my one time there.  i appreciate good, honest, family run places, even if the owners is a bit a of a lunatic!  the one thing i recall, however, is a salmon sashimi dish that was just overpowered with a sauce.  but i'm a purist when it comes to sashimi.

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Not down on Cingue Figlie at all. Just forgot to list it. Was there recently for lunch. Sooooooo  good. Had a raw tuna app with salad. Friend had the calamari. They grill it perfectly. Then we shared a pasta.

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I assume you mean it's really far away from where you've since moved to? Because Cinque Figlie only moved a couple of miles, Cedar Knolls is right next door to Morristown.

it's all relative.  i've never heard of cedar knolls, so to me, it's in PA.

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I mentioned it before in a previous thread, but "Cafe Italiano" on Sylvan Ave. in Englewood Cliffs is actually a really good italian-american restaurant. Its situated in the former summer home of 1920's NY Mayor Jimmy Walker.

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Corso 98 has the best fish I have tried so far in NJ Italian and is very fairly priced.

I am hoping to find more like this as the quality of Corso's fish is excellent and averages only 20 for a nice portion.

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:smile: Have you tried Cafe Riviera on Sussex Turnpiike in Randolph. Food good, atmosphere not great, serve very good. Very friendly place. Italian run by Albanians (seems to be happening a lot)
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New here, but been eating in and around Essex County NJ my whole life.  Some of my Italian favorites are:  Solano's in Orange.  Belle Italia, Orange.  Piccolo Italia, Orange.  Libretti's, Orange.  Cafe Arugala, South Orange.  I have eaten at Bella Rosa once and had a very nice dinner, so while not a favorite, would reccomend it.

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