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La Focaccia
La Focaccia

La Focaccia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafocaccianj.com
  • Email: lafocaccianj@aol.com
  • Phone: (908) 277-4006
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joe Bitici
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: La Focaccia is happy to make its entire menu available for catering. Please call us or refer to our website for catering menu and prices.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Aubrey street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: La Focaccia's parking lot is located in the corner of LaFayette Avenue across from the Somerset Hills Bank. Should that lot be full, customers can also park in the Washington School parking lot across from the bank.
A word from La Focaccia
La Focaccia is a traditional Italian BYO restaurant owned by Chef Owner Joe Bitici. La Foccacia's menu offers a wide variety of options ranging from homemade pastas and fresh game to seasonal specials.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I am not from the area, was there that day and found this restaurant on Open Table. We were glad that we did, it is always a gamble trying a new Italian restaurant, however, this met and exceeded our standards. Everything was excellent and the service could not have been better. Definitely would go back the next time I am in that part of town."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Any attempt you can do to lessen background noise would be beneficial"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The service was great, and the appetizers and salads were excellent. We were seated immediately. We all loved the bread and the olive oil dip. Where it lacked in flavor were the pasta dishes. All four of us agreed on that. The portions of the main dishes looked hearty and large, but we were in the mood for pasta. I had the cream sauce with mushrooms and spinach. Very bland. Even after adding parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Still bland. Each of us found our pasta to be well cooked, yet bland. Order a main dish. Perhaps share a pasta dish."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Have been going here for years. The food is always delicious and the service professional. Only "issue" is there's usually a wait, even with a reservation but they'll open your wine for you. Would recommend this restaurant for consistent, always well prepared Italian food in a warm, inviting atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and I along with another couple enjoyed another outstanding dining experience at La Focaccia this past Saturday night. The food is delicious, the service is delightful and the ambiance is very attractive. I highly recommend their Fried Artichoke, a Roman specialty, for an appetizer, it is light, crispy and melts in your mouth - just as if you were eating in Rome! Two of us enjoyed Rack of Lamb and the other two entrees [Venison and Beef carpaccio] were all big hits. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "An enjoyable experience on a cold Wednesday night. Relatively low noise level, some interesting dishes (mussels, sweetbreads, a great tiramisu) and BYOB. What's not to like?"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Restaurant seemed out of control on a busy Saturday night. Tables are crammed together. Noise level was uncomfortably loud, making it hard to hear at our table. Our white wine bottle disappeared from the ice bucket in the middle of our dinner. Waiter brought us a full bottle of previously opened wine as a compensating gesture. He then checked our payment to see if we had tipped adequately, which was truly rude. It is a shame that a restaurant that basically serves quite nice food should be run in such an irritating and uneven manner."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We've been to this restaurant several times, and the food and service are always wonderful."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Have been to La focaccia several times. Never a bad meal. anything on menu is terrific. We brought extended family and a 2 and 7 yr old. The kids were there before and love good quality food. WE usually dont take them to restaurants for more mature audiences but thanks to quiet table toys and ipad, they were very well behaved. Both my in laws and my kids loved the food just as much as we have in the past. It is always consistently high quality food and service. Staff is very pleasant. thank you."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "After waiting at our table for 45 minutes, the waiter and kitchen staff realized they forgot our order. So, we had to reorder again. Crowded, bunched together with other people. Slow service due to the packing I am sure. It was our friend's Birthday, which was noted, no acknowledgement. For poor service we got 4 chocolate strawberries and 1 piece of leathery cheese cake. Will never consider it again. Food was at best mediocre. Then we were able to draw the attention of anyone of the wait staff, it turns out our waiter had left for the evening. So arrived on time for reservation; waited 15 minutes to be seated and between the screw up, left at 11."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great food (fish this time). Impeccable service (wait staff goes above and beyond every time). The only warning is that you have to deal with the tight tables and loud noise, but its worth it !!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Valentine's Day dinner was wonderful. Price Fixe but so many choices, something for all tastes. As good as any NY valentines dinner. We stayed in NJ because of the weather and were glad we did."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We really did emjoy the food, but the staff has just a bit of an attitude."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "This true Italian restaurant tucked away in a small neighborhood is a real gem. The decor is sophisticated, calm, neutral and very pleasant -- designed to enhance the diner's social and gustatory experience in a relaxed atmosphere. The food is always excellent, fish of all kinds are prepared to perfection-- here a shrimp takes like a shrimp and not a piece of rubber drenched in a sauce. I'm not a meat eater but my friends are and from liver to venison to veal and steaks their reviews are consistently glowing. My standard for pasta is high and this place hits the mark. Service by a staff of experience waiters is swift, professional without artifice and just friendly enough not to be intrusive. BYOB. We are never disappointed --"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "HAve been to La Focaccia for years - it is never disappointing - food is always good, staff attentive, great BYOB!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I met a gilfriend out for dinner to catch up at La Foccacia. We wanted to try something new and so after going through my Open Table options in the area we settled on here. Its a typical italian trattoria style restaurant fromt he decor to the menu. I can't say that La Foccacia truly stood apart from my usual Italian spots however; the food was delicious and the service was attentive and friendly. It was busy enough were there was chatter across the dining room but not so loud that I couldn't chat away with my friend for 3 hours. The waitstaff never tried to push us out and happily refilled our water and wine glasses long afetr we finished our meals. Not an outside the box menu but overall a nice italian meal!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Great food, good ambiance, a wonderful "date" restaurant. Only negative is the specials were surprisingly expensive"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Excellent service and the food is always consistently good."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "As always the professional servers and great food made for a fun evening."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "My go to place for consistently good Italian food and it is byo."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Been going to La Focaccia for years and the food is always delicious. New specials every day so you never get tired of the menu. There is a reason it is always packed- worth the wait."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Our service was lacking. The waiter took our order and that was it. Didn't check back to see how we were doing. He also put his tip on the bill -- possibly because we had an Amazon promotional certificate. The food was ok but overpriced for what it was. My husband's veal entree was skimpy and my son's chicken fingers were almost $20 for a child's portion of deep fried chicken with fries. Wouldn't recommend."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Took my girlfriend's family here as an holiday-time, appreciation type dinner. The food was good and the service, though fast and attentive, was not warm and friendly. It was nice that it was a BYOB, and the prices were in range for what I'd expect from this style restaurant, but portions of some dishes were drastically smaller compared to other comparable ones. The one real negative that stood out was the fact that there were about twice as many tables crammed in as there should have been, which also added to the volume. It didn't help that we were seated dead center between the two dining rooms, and therefore experienced the most foot traffic."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We had a truly great meal here. Everything we ordered was beautifully prepared and presented. Service was outstanding without being obtrusive. Only complaint was the table was a bit tight for four which included three big guys. That won't keep us from returning to La Foccacia!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Our group of 8 had an excellent time. 4 people were first timers and were extremely impressed. Would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I first came here in the spring for a retirement party. I was wowed by the fresh seasonal specials like goat cheese stuffed zucchini blossoms. Came back in the winter for a birthday celebration, and once again was impressed with the seasonal specials. We all had the tuscan onion soup which was very similar to traditional French onion soup, but with a smoky twist. My daughter, who limits her gluten intake, was quite impressed with the risotto with shrimp and peas. My husband raved about his veal tenderloin, and I savored every bite of my grilled shrimp - the white bean puree that comes with it is a special treat. Even my young son, who only wanted plain pasta proclaimed that it was the best pasta he had ever had at a restaurant!"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We had a delightful celebratory lunch - great choices on menu. Everything was nicely plated, well served and delicious. We often dine at La Focaccia in the evening. Now heading there for lunch will become a favorite option."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "This is an excellent restaurant. Terrific menu and very friendly and attentive staff. I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "We had a wonderful meal at La Foccacia. Two of us had their veal chop special, with mushroom sauce and two others had a the game hen. All were great dishes, my chop I ordered medium rare and probably got more like medium, but it was still extremely good. It is a BYOB place and we had a great bottle of wine that I brought to go with the meal. For desert we tried a pumpkin cheese cake and a lime pie, both are extremely good and enjoyable. Overall a great experience and recommend the restaurant to all."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "We were three couples out to dinner here on a Saturday night. The place was packed, but our reserved table was waiting for us and we were seated immediately. Despite how busy they were, the service was excellent, attentive but unobtrusive. We never waited or wanted for anything. Dinner was delicious from the oysters we ordered for the table, to the interesting salads everyone ordered for appetizers. My escarole salad was perfect as was my friend's shaved brussel sprout salad. The men had different pastas for their entrees -- all unique and excellent. The special lamb chops were cooked and seasoned perfectly. All in all, a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I really enjoyed our dinner at La Focaccia. The asparagus soup was absolutely delicious without being too creamy or heavy. I had a pasta dish that was perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned. It needed nothing. We split the most delicious hot apple pie for dessert. We will definitely be going back. As others have noted, parking is a bit difficult to find, but it is worth walking the distance necessary to enjoy a lovely dinner."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I enjoyed the escarole salad and grilled shrimp with bean purée. Both were very good. For dessert, I chose the tiramisu, and it was delicious! I would absolutely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "It says a lot about a place when the same waiters have been here for 20 years, when you need a reservation on the day after Thanksgiving, when they smile at your 3 bottles of wine and take care of them appropriately. No wonder La Focaccia is always full of locals who adore their great food and charming ambiance. If you are in the area and want a bit of upscale Jersey Italian, this is it."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "we went to La Focaccia on the Friday after Thanksgiving. We thought it would be empty. Just the reverse was true. thank god, we had used open table and reserved a table. La Focaccia is BYOB. the food was superb. we shared a buratta appetizer and a plate of the gnocchi before the main course. the gnocchi were light, puffs sitting on a bed of ricotta - unbelievably delicious. the buratta was fresh and creamy. while the food was superb, our waiter was too busy paying attention to the 6 person table and not enough attention to our 2 person table. guess he thought our tip was not worth his attention. despite the lackluster waiter, we will return and definitely recommend this for a delicious meal for any occasion."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "For the price, I thought the meal was average--especially since it's BYOB. The food was delicious, but not necessarily at the price point. There are other Italian restaurants in Summit that I thought were better."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "We have been dining at LF for many years. Every meal is memorable and the service is very good especially considering how crowded it is… which leads me to ... the only thing that keep us from coming more often is the wait and the parking. Even when making reservations via OpenTable, there was a 20 minute wait. The only parking available is the limited few spaces not he street out front and the one-side only side street. Consider yourself lucky if you only have to walk a block. BUT It is well worth the wait and walk!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "They accommodated a group of 15 on a Friday night with relatively short notice and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Service was excellent and we never found ourselves looking for a waiter. I had the pepper crusted sirloin which was one of the best steaks I have had - I regularly dine at top-rated steak houses and restaurants. Everyone else in our party had great things to say about their food."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "I have been going to La Focaccia since the beginning. It is so professional = waiters, service, etc. I have recommended to so many people and also bring my family. They make you feel comfortable without intruding on your privacy and the food is excellent. A gem."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "A more sophisticated version of traditional Italian fare, served in an impeccable manner. For this level of food and service it is truly unfortunate that the tables are very close together, in an uncomfortable way, something you would expect of a more casual place."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "We had a family birthday party and thought the evening was fun with great food, good service, friendly staff, and outstanding dessert."
    Dined on 10/19/2013