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La Cucina di Clemenza
La Cucina di Clemenza

La Cucina di Clemenza Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lacucinadiclemenza.com
  • Phone: (973) 379-6700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday- Saturday: 11:00am -3:00pm;
    Dinner Monday-Thursday: 4:00 pm-10:00pm;
    Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Sunday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Delivery, Private Room, Takeout
  • Private Party Contact: Michelle or Carolyn (973) 379-6700

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Also small private parking in rear.
A word from La Cucina di Clemenza
La Cucina di Clemenza Ristorante is a family owned Italian restaurant located in downtown Millburn, just a short distance from The Papermill Playhouse. Our old world style Italian cuisine is prepared fresh to order, utilizing only the finest ingredients.
Bring in a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy a night out feeling as if you are on the streets of old New York, complete with cobble stone, street lamps & a beautiful mural of the 1945 New York City skyline.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our second visit to this restaurant. The first visit was excellent except we didn't know you could BYOB and bought a bottle from wine list. Good was excellent. On this our second visit, my order was somewhat bland and not hot, just warm. The other 3 at my table liked their orders very much. Definitely will go back and try it again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Lady in front is rude and condescending. "Italian" food is cafeteria quality with fine dining price. Plenty of much better choices (Basilico, Cafe Monet) in town within walking distance."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Looking for a restaurant in Millburn NJ that was on the nicer side of casual and this place fit the bill. Extensive Italian menu, with notable specials that were in fact special. Very pleased with everything, especially the attentive, accommodating service. BYOB."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The three of us enjoyed another delicious Italian dinner. Started with an order of rice balls. They were amazing! Crusty exterior filled with a creamy mascarpone risotto dotted with cheese bits. For entrees, we savored a melt-in-your mouth Veal Francese, Spinach-stuffed Ravioli in a light oil and basil sauce with a dab of marinara sauce, and the Seafood Special, featuring a perfectly seasoned and breaded white fish on a bed of spinach, sundried tomatoes and mushrooms. The service was attentive and responsive to every request. We arrived around 5 PM so we had our choice of tables. The dinner set the stage for a fabulous evening - tasteful Italian cuisine followed by the fun and upbeat musical, Grease, at the Paper Mill Playhouse."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food here is consistently good. From the chicken oreganto to the amazing meatballs, so hard what to decide what to order! Great local wine too."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were greeted warmly and seated immediately. Service was excellent and the food was wonderful. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Cucina is a nice Italian neighborhood restaurant . Calimari appetizer was nice; shrimp scampi was so so. Service was excellent but noise level hindered conversation."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Very good food for a reasonable price. Good service and good food. I'm not a foodie, but their asparagus appetizer and my shrimp scampi were both great. They have a wide variety of wine but no liquor license...so you can byob. I've been there twice and both times everything was very good. Their famous meatballs are huge...so something you might want to share as an appetizer. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We were very excited about going to Cucina di Clemenza for Mother's Day. Unfortunately, the hostess was so rudethat it ruined our experience. At first they were unable to find a table for us (even though we had a reservation). Then our food came out wrong and had to be sent back due to a food allergy. We were then asked to hurry up and leave (before we'd finished) because they couldn't accommodate us due to the holiday. We will certainly not be returning. Don't bother with this place! There are far too many restaurants in Millburn to visit a place that treats its customers so poorly."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great Food and Great ambience, better during the week, alot more quiet, nevertheless the food is ALWAYS good"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "this was my second time here and it was just as amazing as the first. great food. great service"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food was excellent, however the waiters and waitresses and the manager were very rude, service was very poor, we repeatedly had to ask for service, and some things we asked for were never brought to the table. They gave our table which we reserved on Open Table to someone else with the same name."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Cucina was wonderful! They accommodated my large group of coworkers, great as a byob and the food was fabulous. Everyone enjoyed their meals and took home leftovers. They had great bread and also cheese flatbreads for the table. It was so good. We had the meatballs, broccoli rabe, linguine with clam sauce, a fish dish etc. it was very unique inside and parking was convenient. Can't wait to go back! I was very happy with this pick. "
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Three of us had lunch prior to attending a play at the PaperMill Playhouse. Our meal was great - my sister's salmon salad was fantastic and my panini was delicious. The focaccia bread was sooo good and it's freshly baked at the restaurant. All the ingredients tasted very fresh. Our server was very polite and attentive without being 'on top of us' which I can't stand. I would definitely go back...there are other things on the menu I'd like to try. Good one!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Whenever we have a yen for spaghetti and meatballs--we always come here. They are always wonderful and plentiful--you won't be disappointed. The salads are good too with very fresh ingredients. They now have a wine license but will still let you bring your own without a corkage fee. "
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We arrived and found that out table had been set near the window with the wine list at the ready. Staff were friendly and the room was nicely decorated. The food was very good and we really had no complaints about anything. There were a lot of couples dining which shows me that other customers enjoy this restaurant as well. An overall great experience for my wife and I who were celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The service very good and attentive; however the kitchen also serves the pizzeria next door which lead to some kitchen/food timing coordination problems. Also, it claims to not be a BYOB but the wine is from a single vintner that is a best mediocre."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "this was a last minute selection on a visit to the area. Made the reservation on-line. Called later to see if they served wine/beer and was told they did not have a table for me!! Once a table was "found' i was told that they did server wine. what was not mentioned was that it was a limited local only wine list of five varieties. Nothing bad, just very average. It would have been great if it was mentioned that we also had the option to BYOB. Service was good, ambiance was a bit theme park. Food was very mediocre. Nothing to go back for at all. We had four different entrees. The veal in the Veal Parmigiana was tough and tasteless. The Pene Vodka mas bland. The pasta bolognese was dark and not tasty."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Very disappointed that our waiter had to be told we were still waiting for the bottle of wine we ordered. Not a busy evening with several tables near us empty. Got our wine when we were almost finished with appetizer's. Many other restaurants in the area that have better food and much better service."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Good food. Nice atmosphere (in the main dining room). Don't book on Open Table as you will be treated like an unwanted guest, as I was."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The restaurant was out of bread and food. A total disappointment. The mussels (except for the red wine sauce) and the calamari were average in portions and quality. The veal scaloppine had one small piece of meat and 4 mushrooms. The penne and rigatoni pastas were okay. The service was good and came with lots of apologies...we had a big party, we were busy.. (sorry). It wasn't the waiter's fault and he could only serve what the kitchen could offer. We had looked forward to this restaurant (given their reviews) and were disappointed."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Love the ambience of an Italian village. The appetizers were plentiful and reasonably priced as well as the entrees and salads. The food was delicious and very tasty. The service was great. Management was friendly and accommodating. I would advise anyone looking for an enchanting night to dine at this great restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went for Valentines's Day with my wife and we had a gr8 time. Gr8 ambience. Wait staff was fantastic. The meatballs and lobster ravioli special was very good. And they gave my wife a rose on the way out. I thought the food and ambience was gr8, but any place that tries this hard deserves a look if you haven't tried it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food is good, with a variety of specials for the holidays. It's byow with select wine served, but makes it nice for small groups or couples to meet up and enjoy a night out. Service does vary, being very good on holidays such as valentine's day, to being ok at best during a random weekend night. Worth going to if in the Millburn area and wanting Italian Food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We love the spaghetti and meatballs here! They are just like we remember from our childhood. This is a great neighborhood place where you can bring the family and dine well. The portions are large and the choices numerous. Members of our party tried a few other things including a shrimp dish and a veal dish--they were pleased with them as well. Soups, appetizers and salads were all hits as were the desserts. We plan to come back."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Restaurant was good but they should not have placed our table in the same room of a kids party. We couldn't hear each other over the noise of the large kids party"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "As always, we had a great experience at this restaurant. Food was fabulous. Waiter was great. We thoroughly enjoyed it."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We went here the other evening not knowing much about the restaurant and were very pleasantly surprised. They offer very good old fashioned Italian food. The portions are large and the service was very pleasant. Plan to return."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Add La Cucina di Clemenza to your dining bucket list. the meatballs are 'to die for"; We were party of 6 people. Fried Calamari, melts in your mouth; delicious artichoke hearts. Each entree was prepared to perfecton; Cod Oreganta over spinach; lobster ravioli; Veal Romano, excellent. So full from dinner but shared cheesecake, also excellent. The food, decor and ambiance is better than Little Italy! Servers were very attentive, pleasant & smiling and they don't rush you. Great atmosphere and best of all it's BYOB. Can't want to go back. Don't miss La Cucina di Clemenza !!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Our recent meal was very delicious. Their meat ball appetizer was very good and the lobster ravioli special was very good as well. The staff is excellent and very attentive."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We just tried this restaurant for the second time and were thrilled to discover the food was just as good the second time around! The service was also tops! BYOB."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Average food for the prices. Glorified pizzeria. No ambiance, no tablecloths, poor service, underwhelming food. There are many better choices in the area."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Great eats prior to seeing Oliver @ Papermill Playhouse. Loved the Clemenza quotes in the mens room."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We ended up a La Cucina di Clemenza as a convenient way to eat prior to catching a holiday show at the Papermill Playhouse. Our dinner turned out to be a wonderful first act to a truly memorable evening. The show was terrific, and our dinner was fantastic! From the quietly attentive service to the flavorful food and charming ambience, it was among the best local dining experiences we've enjoyed in a long time. My father-in-law is of Sicilian descent, and he gave the pasta a big two-thumbs up, especially the rich sauces and the arancini appetizer. He said it was like his mother used to make when he was a child growing up in the Bronx! We can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "We went for dinner with friends and had 4 great dinners plus appetizers and deserts. My favorite is the Veal Milanese!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We were introduced to La Cucina di Clemenza a while ago by a food writer friend of mine. She called it "the meatball place." Once I tried the spaghetti and meatballs there I knew why--it's an outstanding dish! I've been back a few times but always order the same dish and it's always wonderful. Salads are good too and quite large. Service is good and it's a byob."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Stopped in after Theater at Paper Mill Playhouse and was not disappointed. Service was excellent and all three dishes and appetizers we ordered were superb. Pasta with Tiapia, articokes, sauted spinache was perfection, as was a whole wheat pasta done in olive oil and garlic. Would recommend to anyone atneding a Paper Mill event, or who happens to be in the Millburn area and has a hankering for some really wonderful Italian dining. The restaurant also had a great ambience and was not noisy when we were there at all."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "uncomfortable - too noisy...there needs to be another notch on the "noise Level" bar"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "What a pleasure it was to dine at La Cucina. From the moment we entered , we experienced a warm and genuine welcome. Since the three of us dining grew up on Italian cuisine, we were pleasantly surprised with the quality and variety of entree choices. The portions are generous and very satisfying to an experienced Italian palette. Be sure to ask for the house focaccia. It was delicious. And try the the skillfully prepared artichoke hearts as an appetizer. You won't be disappointed. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 10/24/2013