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71 West Upper Ferry Road

Ewing, New Jersey 08628

Lunch Mon-Fri 11:00 am -2:30

Dinner Mon-Sat 4:00-10:00 pm

Sunday 3:00-10:00 pm

My family and  I found this restaurant on our way to another. You could say it was restaurant “cheating”. After one look at the menu, I knew I wanted to eat there. It featured interesting items like Osso Bucco “Veal Shank bone complete with lots of marrow”. The place was lively and busy with lavender colored walls and artsy black and white images of Italy. They were

mushroom risotto

playing Andrea Bocceli. I already knew they had good taste in something. There was tasty parmesan encrusted bread on the table and we all got a salad with a light vinaigrette. I was disturbed by the fact that the centers were cut out of the cucumbers. It appeared as though a hungry member of the kitchen staff had a quick nosh. I had the apparently famous mushroom risotto. It came out piping hot. The rice was slightly undercooked to my taste, but it was very savory and flavorful. It was chock-full of a variety of mushrooms which were tender and so meaty that I thought I tasted chicken a few times.  I actually enjoyed thee dish more as it cooled.

Salmon Florentine

My mother ordered the salmon florentine special in a pink cream sauce. Yellow must be the new pink these days. The salmon was as moist as my mothers…quite an accomplishment. The portion was generous for the fish and the fresh spinach. I took some on my plate and tasted the sauce with my finger. Unfortunately, all I tasted was my finger.

My sister ordered fettucini alfredo. We asked if the alfredo was good and the waiter said “This is an Italian restaurant. Of course the fettucini alfredo is good”. I disagreed, but he was right, it was easily above average. The sauce was rich, but not overly cheesy and the taste of the pasta came through well.

Fettucini Alfredo

My dad had the Pollo Trifolata: chicken breasts with shitake, portobello, and Crimini mushrooms in a Madeira wine sauce. It was similar to marsala, but more savory than sweet. It was the best dish on the table and the sauce was flavorful with a subtle wine flavor.

Chicken Trifolata

For dessert we had the house- made Tiramisu, usually made of lady fingers dipped in strong coffee or rum, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks, mascarpone cheese, and sugar, and topped with cocoa. It was definitely better than most and lighter and less mushy than most, yet the homemade whipped cream received all of my attention. We had ricotta cheese cake too. Unlike cream cheese or mascarpone cheese cakes, it lacked a smooth texture. It also had an overpowering almond flavor. We didn’t send it back…there was whipped cream on the plate.

I would definitely revisit the restaurant. The prices are not astronomical and the service is great. The food comes out quick and is fresh. Bring your family, your own beverages, and an empty stomach.

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