Boccone South
Boccone South

Boccone South

  • 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, Sicilian, Pizzeria
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Boccone South reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)good for groups (28)fit for foodies (23)special occasion (12)kid-friendly (11)romantic (11)great for lunch (8)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • another great dinner
    HillaryVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Silvio is a perfect host and his food reflects his passion for making you feel good. Delicious and generous portions. Don't miss the homemade zabaglione!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot!
    Muppetjasi
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Excellent soup/salad and entree lunch specials! Huge portions for about $9, service is excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Middling
    Nosoap1
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The host/owner was very pleasant. The descriptions of the food were appealing. The reality was a little different. The server was moderately pleasant but didn't even offer extra cheese or a plate/bowl for shells for a capellini di mare dish. The salad I ordered had the most watery vinaigrette I've ever tasted; the greens were fresh. The aforementioned capellini dish was OK. My wife's warm goat cheese salad was good; her duck special was also good. A "so-so" bottom line, not worth a re-visit.
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  • Great Italian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Great overall experience at this neighborhood gem owened by a Calabrese family. Owner and staff are very friendly; the food is great (stuffed zucchini apptz. is a favorite) with more than generous portions. I will def. visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One and Done!!
    NJfoodiesVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We visited Boccone on a Saturday night. There were two very large groups in our room and the noise level was very loud not conducive for dinner. Our waiter seem very overwhelmed. Our food was mediocre at best. The goat cheese beet salad failed to contain beets. The mussels fra diavolo contained too much garlic. The sausage was burnt from the grill on the rigatoni with broccoli rabe and sausage and the zabaione for dessert was very watery. The strattecelli pasta with shrimp was very good. Maybe it was an off night or there were too many large groups. We were very disappointed with our experience and were very surprised since Boccone received such high reviews. We will not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Italian Restaurant
    OrangeSquared
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We have been back to Boccone South now to have officially adopted it as our Italian restaurant. The dishes are thoughtfully, even lovingly, prepared--the short ribs on polenta was exquisite--and the service is unmatched--genuinely graceful. You must go to experience this!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian
    4dining
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We have made this a regular dining spot because the food is fine. The service can be bumpy but the chef doesn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoiseyJerry
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Terrific service. Great food and plenty of it. Warm people.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food & service
    Emmie
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Recently ate at Boccone South with 2 friends. As always, the food was fantastic and the service was perfect - attentive but not overly so. The octopus appetizer and tuna tartar were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • A South Orange Gem
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We love this place!! Even though there were two very large (10+) dining parties when we arrived, service was prompt. As usual, the food was just wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KimballVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was flavorful. There was a wonderful variety of specials to choose from. Our waiter was attentive and charming. A very nice dinner experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BobD
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Just a bit better than ordinary. The risotto was less than average. The tuna was cooked perfectly.
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  • Gem of a place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This place has everything going for it - location (central and right by the train and arts center), charm, service, and delicious food. Great for business, romantic or social. Thank you Silvio, we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner with friends from new york
    Myrann
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had dinner with friends from new york city who eat out a lot. The salads (excellent and generous portions) were shared and pre-split by the staff. We ordered two veal dishes (one not on the menu) and they were well prepared. The pasta with shrimp was very good. I had a special (monkfish with risotto) and it was excellent. Desserts were large and shared. Service was excellent and since this is a BYOB the price was right. Overall the dining experience was rated very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food very slow
    larbush
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was very good but the wait was long. Waitress very nice but it took forever to get our salads and then main course. Must have had problems in the kitchen
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    KenS
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We chose to eat here because it was close to SOPAC and because it had better reviews than some of the other, nearby dining establishments. It turned out to be a great choice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    DelishInDC
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We really enjoyed this restaurant and always enjoy a good BYOB. The food and service were so good that we brought friends back the following weekend. Must say, that although the bill can get pretty high fairly quickly it is worth every penny for this neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a nice place for dinner
    livetoeatfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Boccone is a nice place for dinner, not the best Italian food I've ever eaten, but certainly good, well prepared. Portions were the correct size or even a bit large, but good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcoming and delicious
    FoodieMama
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    From the moment we walked in the staff was very welcoming! We came with 3 kids (ages 6, 8 and 7 months) and they loved the food, our server, and watching the pizzas be made in the oven. Everything we ate from the roasted garlic olive oil to the specials and the gelato was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience from L.Hall
    bella
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Had a wonderful experience! Decor was simple, yet sophisticated. The food was superbly and meticulously created to stimulate all the senses. Loved the pasta with delicious eggplant appetizer; so unique and tasty! The stuffed pork was cooked to perfection with the wine sauce adding the perfect complement to the dish; artfully arranged with creamy mashed potatoes. Dessert was phenomenal...the owners original bread pudding was to die for... so delicate, warm and light! Cafe latte presentation: enticing with shavings of chocolate onto a dollop of homemade cream served with the perfect temperature. We felt welcomed in a relaxed atmosphere. Thank you for the experience! I would recommend Boccone South for a pleasant night out or family gathering.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AvonguyVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Real solid medittaranean cuisine in south orange! Definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place to dine REGULARLY!
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. What more could you ask for??
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    Good
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner here. The food and service were both amazing. The menu is extensive and the wait staff, including the owner, were very attentive. Didn't love the decor - really wasn't remarkable. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    MaterbaMe
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Second time dining there, confirming our first impression: Very good. The restaurant is very appealing, with a fresh look and pleasant atmosphere. Our meals were excellent, selected from an interesting menu and presented very nicely. Service was very good- our glasses never lacked for wine or water, and the staff was well prepared in the ingredients and special elements in each dish. BYOB- quick to service the bottles. The deserts are spectacular as well... try the Tiramisu w/gelato on the side. We will return often, and sample the entire menu. We highly recommend this restaurant- an enjoyable evening for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A FAVORITE
    bella
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Boccone South has the culinary know-how along with an impressive menu thanks to owner, Silvio.The warm greeting assures your needs will be met graciously. Our appetizer was delicious, salad was creative, especially enjoyed with fresh peaches. Stuffed pork medallions were bursting with chopped raisins, apricots and prunes tenderly seated in red wine reduction sauce. ABSOLUTELY SUPERB! WOULD ORDER THIS ENTREE EVERY TIME I DINE HERE! As with the seared yellow-fin tuna over shrimp risotto, served to PERFECTION! Both mouthwatering! High class presentation with gold star taste! Silvio's homemade bread pudding with side of gelato and cappuccino...HEAVENLY! Classy Mediterranean restaurant to impress your date or celebrate with family and friends!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Meal
    Hopeforbetter7
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The family and I really enjoyed our dining experience at Boccone South. The owner visited our table and made recommendations that were superb. The food was fresh, rich and filling. We highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local Italian
    Viretarmis
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We've all had Italian (you're from New Jersey, right?) This is a step above. From the warm personal greeting by maitre'd to the smart and hip waitstaff, this place is worth a trip. Great menu, which changes with the seasons. Reasonable prices, home made pasta and BYOB. What are you waiting for?.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A South Orange Gem
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wonderful food, service and abidance at very reasonable prices. A great place to dine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BebeVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Everyone enjoyed their food. The service was very good. An enjoyable evening! We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Scarlet
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Perhaps it was late in the day for lunch but the food was not at all presented well and was drenched in sauce and left much to be desired. The cappuccino tasted like sweet hot milk.....awful..... It will be a long time before returning, for lunch anyway.
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  • Dennis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The owner was very friendly came to table a few times to see how everything was if we didn't see what we wanted on menu he would make it for us food was good service was good and price was also good would and will come back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mimianne
    mimianne
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place could be reallly great - the owner and servers were very nice - but they very much need to figure out what kind of restaurant they're going to be. Some of the food was good but some of it was really mediocre. And, though there are new owners, they are still serving food off the old owners menu! Which wasn't that good to begin with. So they need to work on finding their own identity. If they do that this could turn into a really solid neighborhood choice.
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  • Good food, great service
    MagnumVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Have dined here at least 6 times and food is always good. It won't knock your socks off but it is reliably tasty and quick. bYOB
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 166 reviews are from the Boccone South reviews archive.
  • A Hidden Treasure
    bella
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Discovered Boccone South! A "must go" restaurant for delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Silvio made sure we received gracious "on point" service. Our savory dinners included the Tilapia Provinciale and the Veal Saltimbocca. Our desserts were delicious and to our surprise we were also served a complementary portion of "zabaglione with fresh strawberries"...DELICIOUS...made by Silvio. The ambiance, service and Italian cuisine has you coming back for more!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Owner
    MariaVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    While the food here is very good and we frequent Boccone numerous times, the manager/owner never came to our table to ask if we enjoyed our meal. There weren't many diners there when we went, yet he went to all the other patrons and asked and never once came to ours. Its very special when the owner takes the time to ask if we enjoyed our food and when that doesn't happen, you really want to never go back there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • A favoprite place for us to dine
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Wonderful food, service, ambiance at very reasonable prices. The home made style tiramisu I had was the best ever!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • barbara
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food and service were both good, but the restaurant was practically empty at prime time on a Saturday night. Made it a little less fun, but I'd go back and others should try it!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local favorite with broader appeal
    SolidGVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We eat here often and always enjoy it. We have brought friends from in and outside of NJ and to a person they remark on how good it must be to have such an excellent restaurant so close to home. BYOB with a liquor store just a two short blocks way. Excellent pizza and they will change some ingredients if you prefer something different. Even if something isn't top notch (get the Thai, not the regular, calamari - the regular is a bit bland), the owner, Silvio off-sets any little issue with his friendly disposition and his desire to make everything work for you. Leave room for dessert. Family-friendly but can also work for a romantic dinner. It is a shame the place is nearly empty weeknights but that can be to your advantage.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Orange Winner
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food, service, overall
    M2Me
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.