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Boccone South
Boccone South

Boccone South Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (973) 378-9222
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday 11:00am - 10:30pm
    Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Sunday Lunch for Private Events only
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Carlo Carbonaro
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: Off-Premise Catering available - please inquire about menus

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Scottland Road
  • Public Transit: South Orange NJ Train Station one block away
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Municioal Parking in back of Restaurant
A word from Boccone South
Welcome to Boccone South! We bring a Modern Mediterranean flare to South Orange, NJ's hottest new old fashion Italian restaurant. Host: Silvio Caruso
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Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed dinner on Friday evening for the first time at Boccone South. The wait staff was attentive,but not intrusive. Our wine was handled in an efficient way. We ordered a salad special, and spedini to share. Both were tasty. We also had chicken fantasia and another chicken special . Portions were plentiful. Silvio, the owner, was very personable and present. Our dessert of bread pudding and ice cream was very good. A nice addition to the area!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful food, service, ambience and reasonable prices"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food was incredible. The owner stopped by our table and we just HAD to give him rave reviews. Will definitely be stopping by again."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The quintessential Italian restaurant experience is at Boccone South. Appetizers, entrees, and desserts are fresh and delicious, each with a signature twist making it unique. It's hard to imagine a more welcoming and warm staff, from owner Silvio to the servers. Silvio's authentic Southern Italian polenta with mushrooms is a gastronomic delight. Veal saltimbocca was luscious. Homemade tiramisu capped a perfect meal. We live in the area and can't count the Italian restaurants within easy reach, but Boccone's has become ours."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Had a delicious meal at the restaurant...Salad was really fresh and extremely large portions. Had a special parmesan crusted halibut over fava bean risotto which was out of this world. I could eat that dish everyday. Was a bit disappointed with dessert but the meal was fantastic..Will definitely go back...very quiet restaurant and the service was terrific. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The owner was warm and welcoming. BYOB helped to keep the tab down. Service was excellent. Portions were ample. Food was average."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "great food, service and prices! It's a favorite place for us to dine"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The tiramisu was one of the worst I ever had which is unfortunate because the food otherwise is generally quite good."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had a party of 9. Celebrating a graduation. Great service, even the owner was a wonderful presence. Different food tastes. Some had food allergies. Everyone was happy with the restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed it. What a pleasure to be able to have our food tastes and needs met!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Best pizza around! Unique combinations that were mouth watering!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Silvio, the owner for six months, has maintained the fine quality from his predecessor. Food is very good with excellent variety - from pizza to lamb chops, from steak to pasta. We've dined at least dozen times and it always pleases. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My family came to South Orange from Pittsburgh this weekend for my graduation. We were looking for a good restaurant to have dinner after the ceremony, and a professor of mine recommended Boccone. It turned out to be an excellent suggestion! Not only was the food outstandingly delicious, the service was impeccable. Our server was extremely friendly, upbeat, and knowledgeable. The entire staff of the restaurant appeared to be the same way, greeting us with smiling faces. The food was authentic Italian and it was one of the best meals I had in a long time. I was so pleased that we chose to dine here because it provided my out-of-state family members with a great and memorable experience in South Orange. I'll definitely be back to Boccone!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My family and friends had a wonderful time. Silvio and his entire staff were very attentive and the food was amazing.. Kudos to Buccone south for being incredible. That Flambé was outstanding... We are all coming back!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Nice Italian BYOB. Pizza Margarita is closest to real Napoli we've found in NJ. Had swordfish special and fish plus risotto were just right. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was delicious- service was great- we had a wonderful time!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "BYOB, Silvio, & his Flambé are incredible. His home made Lasagna are like the old Country. WOW. Ask him to make what ever you like. He will accommodate. What a place.. I love it and go at least 2 times a week... Thank you for coming to South orange... You must go for his lunch. What a value. Portions are huge so be prepared to bring home a doggie bag! "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "The restaurant is in a space that hasn't completely lost the hard surfaces of the ice cream shop it once was. Maybe because of that, we found the noise level a little off-putting. The menu tries to be out of the ordinary and it's reasonably priced. I ordered the spinach balls in a vodka sauce to start, and the black linquini with shell fish as an entrée. The spinach balls were bland with the sauce providing most of the dish's taste. The pasta dish was well prepared but also lacked distinctive flavor. Same for my wife's veal chop. We ordered 3 deserts and liked the strawberry zabaglione the most. For me, it was too much zabaglione and not enough strawberries. I would probably give the place another try, but not for a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The owner Silvio and his staff must be commended for the service. They go above and beyond to insure that every need is met and we never felt rushed. I have frequented this place under a few names and a few owners and my favorite waiter Reuben is still there providing excellent service. The restaurant has been remodeled very nicely. Food presentation was appealing and portions were ample. Other than the calamari (like rubber bands), the food was good and the prices were very reasonable. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "From the moment you walk in and are greeted by your host, Silvio, you know you are going to have a great meal. Wonderful food, good service and nice ambiance. AND BYO to boot. What could be better!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Were seated promptly on a Sat. night. Waiter recites specials and leaves for 20 minutes. We gave him the order and ordered a pizza well done. When the pizza came out it was barely cooked. An ordered soup came out chilled- except it was clam chowder. A pedrigal of dumplings came out with ice cold interiors over hot (and very bland) vodka sauce. A main of chicken scarp. was enjoyed by one of our party. A veal salimboca had 0 taste and the side mashed came out cold. All in all, we won't be coming back. And did I mention when out waiter did come back to take our order he wreaked of cigarette smoke?"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Made a last minute reservation and arrived late. No problem. Very personable service with good food to boot. Will go back. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food at Boccone is excellent. I wouldn't call the decor fancy, but it's very nice. The people in our party of 6 all had salads, pizza and pasta. The salads were very fresh with creative ingredients. The pasta was al dente, perfect and the sauces are also fresh and delicious. The pizza is very thin, crispy crust with lots of variety of choices. That was the only problem we had with the restaurant, they have only one small, pizza oven so our pizzas came at different times. It would also be nice if wine was served. It's BYOB, which doesn't fit with the higher end feel of the atmosphere and menu. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I have now been here about 6 or so times, and every meal has been absolutely fantastic! This evening, I had a Spinach Dumplings and Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms as appetizers, Pepper-Crusted Tuna (rare) with Shrimp Risotto for my main course, and the Croissant Bread Pudding for desert. Every course was served exactly as ordered and was excellent! The Bread Pudding was decadent. Has to be the richest bread pudding I've ever had! In addition to the excellent meal, we were entertained by Vince Torrell, a wonderful singer specializing in Frank Sinatra and other crooner songs. I have heard him a few times previously with the Infernos, and he is always great! Perfect night!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Have dined here on a number of ocassions and the food is reliably good and price is on a par with other restaurants of this caliber. Service is always friendly and professional. Even when they make an error, they make efforts to corect it ASAP. No liquor license so ByOB. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Host was charming. Most of the food was delicious. Servings were large. Sat in the back where it was pretty but unfortunately very noisy. Service was very good. Will definitely return "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We ate at Boccone South on Easter. There was a nice crowd enjoying the holiday. As always, the food was wonderful: zucchini blossoms - yum; nice big salad; pan seared mahi mahi and rack of lamb were both delicious; and ended with bananas flambe made at the table by the owner, Silvio. Can't say enough about the service. The staff is attentive but not in an interfering way. Silvio has a great personality and ensures that everyone is having a good experience. FYI - it is a BYOB. Looking forward to returning for Sinatra night on Wednesday, April 30th."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Excellent food, service and ambiance at reasonable prices. What more could you ask for?"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Silvio, Ruben, Fernando and crew assure a totally enjoyable dinner"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Boccone South is never a disappointment! Silvio and his team are always introducing new dishes. This time they added two more great HOMEMADE deserts! First being Bananas & Strawberry Flambe cooked table side. The second new desert is a Strawberry Zabaglione! My table had to try both and let me tell you they were AMAZING! I highly recommend you try them. I can't wait for our next visit to see other new exciting items Silvio and Carlo will come up with next! BUON LAVORO!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "What a fun evening we had with friends! Sylvio, the owner, greeted us and seated us with great spirit and warmth. The menu offered numerous choices of traditional and contemporary Italian. And the specials made deciding a challenge. Our salads were oh so fresh and seasonal. Our entrees were absolutely delicious. My seafood was the freshest I've eaten in a long time. The waiter was attentive, but not overbearing."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Welcomed instantly entering the restaurant. Friendly feeling. Ordered the chicken stuffed w spinach cheese and prosciutto. Really good. Brick oven pizza. Great. And the gnocchi. Delicious. Great gravy too. Loved the bread! Server Nick was excellent ask for his section you won't be disappointed. Silvio was funny and made sure our experience at Boccone South was very enjoyable. It was! We will be back!!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Don!t miss it. Like a visit to your Italian grandma,s kitchen. Family friendly. Cool sophisticated. Open late for folks who have been to sopac. Just terrific. Great food."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The food was fantastic, but the service was a little off. We chalked it up to be short staffed. Our bus boy must have been new because when we asked for vinegar to go with the olive oil (for dipping the bread in) he brought white vinegar. When we said dark vinegar he had to ask the waiter what we meant and then he returned with a vial of balsamic vinegar. We were truly shocked to learn it was a BYOB restaurant -- even being from Kansas (a formerly dry state) we can buy alcohol in a restaurant. We were never offered anything else to drink (soda or sparkling water perhaps?) The soup, salads, gnocchi and pizza were good; the special owner-made dessert delightful. I'm sure on a less busy night service would be better."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Greeted well upon entering the restaurant by Silvio. Nick our waiter was very informative with the specials and all of the items we inquired about on the menu. We ate the veal saltimbocca and chicken sorrentino (which the chef motified for glutton free eater). Meals were delicious. The desserts are to die for. Their ricotta cheesecake was heavenly. The strawberry zabaglione was terrific. Silvio and Nick were very attentive checking on us too. I would highly recommend you try this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Great restaurant with lots of choices... even gluten free options. Friendly staff who aim to please. Very convenient to SOPAC, movie theatre, and train."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My partner and I found this gem last year when the ownership changed as was formerly Bottegna. We were made extremely welcome. The service was excellent. The food surpassed our expectations and was plentiful and delicious and the menu extensive with also a wonderful selection of specials. We have been back many times since and will continue to do so...Dr"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Especially notable was the black linguini with seafood special, one of the best seafood dishes I've ever eaten! Hope it becomes a regular menu item Silvio's freshly made zabaglione was an absolute delight for desert and complimented the espresso."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Still one of our local favorites. Great location for dinner before a show at SOPAC. Veal Milanese was great as usual. I had the MahiMahi special which was a little pricey at $30, I wish we had asked the waiter about the price before we ordered. Glad the restaurant is BYO,that helped keep the total price reasonable."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We went to dinner here Saturday night with another couple. The restaurant was packed and quite energetic. Food portion were large and the choices were great. It is BYOB place and every enjoyed their dishes. I got a pistachio crusted grouper on Fava bean risotto. It was delicious perfectly seasoned. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "short ribs with mashed potatos and onion rings is to die for,also the pizza norma and the bread pudding."
    Dined on 2/19/2014