Benissimo Ristorante
Benissimo Ristorante

Benissimo Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ristorantebenissimo.com/
  • Phone: 9738459800
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nicola Moncada
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Benissimo Ristorante
Welcome to Ristorante Benissimo a new Italian restaurant located In Madison, New Jersey!

Owners Bob Fischetta and Nicola Moncada provide great authentic Italian food. Nicola is the former owner of Due Nicola and Il Cinghiale and also is the Managing Director of Benissimo
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Benissimo Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (4)fit for foodies (3)good for groups (2)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Authentic Italian bistro
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Outstanding authentic Italian cuisine We just returned from Italy and this meal rivaled the best meals we had in Italy. Loved the salmon tartare and stuffed fig appetizers. Salmon and potato crusted tilapia were both excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 22 reviews are from the Benissimo Ristorante reviews archive.
  • CindyVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is the loudest restaurant we have ever dined in. The acoustics were horrible to the point that we ate fast just to get out of there!!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service and food.
    DoubleD
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I am the type to waste time in writing reviews, good or bad. However our experience at this restaurant is so worth noting. We were a party of 4 on a Saturday night. We were greeted and served by the owner who could not have been nicer. He went out of his way to accommodate 1 or 2 of our special requests. The atmosphere was very nice, on the romantic side, and the food was spectacular. I will definitely go back soon. I've already recommended Benissimo to several friends and family members.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't go back
    Unhappy
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Some of our party's food portions were very small. Three pieces of veal slightly larger than a silver dollar for 24.95 is not acceptable. Plus it was tough. Our reservation was for 7:30 and we didn't receive our entre until 8:45. The environment was very loud as well. Like I said, we would not go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem in Madison,NJ
    EdEsq
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The food is always consistent; owner is most attentive to clientele; great place to meet friends and dine; great to talk with friends and clients; Try it, you will like it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WE MADE RESERVATIONS ON A
    FamilyUnited
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    WE MADE RESERVATIONS ON A LAST MINUTE AND WERE PLEASANTLY SURPPRISED. FOOD AND SERVICE WAS GREAT.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feed was "Eh", Service was Sloooow
    MeHungryAndDoNotWant2Wait
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We arrived at 7:15 pm and the restaurant was about 70% full. Became 100% full by 8 pm. We ordered our appetizers and food pretty quickly. 75 minutes in and we still did not have our main course. We noticed that there was only one waitress for the entire restaurant. There were about 20 tables and business was steady. As we looked around, we noticed that everyone was waiting and not eating. My wife kept looking for hidden cameras and for Gordon Ramsey to come out and announce we were on Kitchen Nightmares. We did not have dessert or coffee and the meal took almost three hours. Should have been in and out in an hour.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    TomH
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My wife and I have been going for dinner since the restaurant opened. We live some distance away so we only get there once every few months but it's well worth the trip. We love the authentic Italian food (particularly the rabbit when they have it). Nice atmosphere and good people. Well worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Valentine's Day Dinner
    longbrook
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I dined here for Valentine's Day, and couldn't have been happier with our choice of restaurant! The food was excellent, the service was great and not rushed, and the atmosphere was very relaxed while classy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food! But the Atmosphere!
    NJGourmet1
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    If they did something about the decor, this would be a great neighborhood restaurant. First, repaint. Second, get rid of the tin ceiling. All it does is increase the noise level and adds nothing to the ambiance. Food is very good and service was very prompt. Prices were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better and more unique than
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Better and more unique than the typical NJ Italian menu but the execution in the kitchen is a little off. Really like the people involved and want them to succeed long term but the head guy needs to pay better attention to the guys in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and creative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Excellent food and creative preparations. Consistently high quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs a few changes
    KeeperVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    The salad was excellent. Fresh and perfectly dressed. We both had a seafood. Dish which was poor. The pasta tasted like a reheat and the fish was not real fresh. Few in the place but service was good and nice people.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Picked place as somewhere
    suzidbVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Picked place as somewhere we had never been. Food was very mediocre. It was an early Sunday night and the place was empty,
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We were able to get a reservation at the last minute on a Saturday night and the reason was obvious. The food was no better (and in probably worse) than a local pizzeria. The sauce on the pasta was bland and the Chicken Giambotta was almost tasteless in a gelataneous almost yellow sauce.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and service was very
    Morrisfoodie
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Food and service was very good. Bistro atmosphere and noise level was very high. Hard to hear the person sitting next to you no less at the other end of a large table. Reason for that is tile floor and tin ceiling. Needs some acoustical work. Good menu selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Madison restaurant here to stay
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    We had a wonderful experience. This newcomer offers a very interesting menu. My husband had the zuppa di pesce and it was absolutely outstanding - the best we have ever tasted. The portions are very substantial and the staff is amazing. Do not miss the cheese cake as the final end to a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem in Madison
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Tasty, delightfully pleasant, and easy access for parking! What else could you ask for!?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Diamond in the Rough
    JoeDVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    We stumbled on this BYOB last Sunday and what a find. When we arrived we were greated by the owner and seated promptly. From the appetizer to desert the meal was perfect. The owner, who also is a waiter, treated us like we were VIP's. He recommended the Ricotta Cheese Cake( his mother's receipe from Sicily) and it was outstanding. Would highly recommend to anyone, try this "diamond in the rough"!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavorful Menu Items
    KathyMadisonVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    My husband and I went here during week for my birthday. Both our entrees were very tasty. The presention of the meals was also pleasant. The only thing my husband said that he would suggest to chef, "cut the calamari in the appetizer." Restaurant is definitely worth trying one or even two times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Bennisimo
    rockyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    And it will be the last time. Went at 5:30 no one else there - 2 of us after work - we ordered a grilled vegetable appetizer to split - after a little while a very nice platter of procuitte and cheese was presented to us. We both exclaimed how good it looked and maybe we would order it next time, but it was not what we had ordered - only to have the waiter argue with us that it was what we ordered - he reluctantly took it away and brought the other dish. Food was fine - but I do not have to go to a restaurant that does not believe the customer is always right.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Add this BYOB to your list
    WeTwoFoodies
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    We Two Foodies have been to Benissimo several times. The service is above par. We highly recommend trying this BYOB out. It is not expensive and the food is good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unexpectedly Delicious
    BarryM
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    You never really know. Pick a place based on if it's an Open Table location is not always an indicator of quality. This place far exceeded expectations. From a grilled squid starter to a mushroom risotto, just fab! The ONLY thing I can criticize, is the portion size. They are HUGE. Didn't/could order dessert, there was just no room left. Recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.