La Focaccia
La Focaccia

La Focaccia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafocaccianj.com/
  • Phone: 9082774006x
  • 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 Lakeland 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
La Focaccia reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (12)good for groups (8)hot spot (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)romantic (3)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Excellent reasonable local gem
    Search4bestnnjVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The bread is outstanding, and the Tuscon Fish Stew was fantastic. Large shrimp, flavorful and just the right degree of spice! Our second time there and we will go back again for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food with haughty service.
    Gabija
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Our work group reservation for 10 people was made here with some concerns, but we went with it as it met the other criteria we needed to find (open early, close to work, BYOB). Some folks had eaten here some time ago and enjoyed the food, but stopped going for reasons that soon became apparent. The food was excellent, soup to nuts - our appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts, coffee were all just great! It is a shame that the service from the SAME GROUP OF WAITERS THAT HAVE BEEN HERE A VERY LONG TIME could not measure up; they should know better! We ALL felt as if we were a bother, as well as being rushed at the outset. Too bad. There are now 10 people who do not have a positive thing to say to friends about La Focaccia nor recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected
    aleeds
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service -- a group of 8 of us enjoyed lunch in celebration of a couple birthdays and we all loved it! Service was very good, far better than most restaurants in the area, and the food was quality and handled with a deft touch. Looking forward to my next meal there...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our go-to restaurant
    Professeur
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great food and service. Always a pleasure to dine here!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good local restaurant
    SunnySandyVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner. The service was excellent and we had a very nice quiet table. While we were disappointed in the soup of the day, the rest of the dinner was good. We were not charged for the soup.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Variety and Flavor
    CDAnthony
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have never been disappointed with any meal at La Focaccia. The service was attentive and swift considering how busy this place can be. There is a lot to choose from and not just in the pasta category, though that is where they excel. We had a fairly early reservation (6:30) and had to catch a movie so the waiter made sure we were served in a timely manner. The burratta and the rigatoni with capers were the favorites at our table. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently wonderful!
    Patsy
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Once again we enjoyed our dining experience at La Focaccia. The service is always outstanding, we are given just the right amount of attention and NEVER rushed. But what keeps us coming back is the delicious food. Never disappointed, all the choices are fantastic! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    carolinagirlVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was delicious, the service was attentive, and the prices were reasonable...plus the restaurant is BYOB. We really enjoyed the dinner and will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NancyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Have been there numerous times. Always love the grilled shrimp with white bean purée.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SwamiVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, but the noise level can be very loud. Bad acoustics and loud clientele?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Focaccia
    Happilyfed
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience we had on August 3rd, at La Focaccia. First of all the service was impeccable, and the food was delicious. I love that this is also a bring your own, which helps to keep the cost of the evening down. I have been telling everyone about our meal and I am looking forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great local secret!
    JerseyInWonderland
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    La Focaccia is located off the beaten track in Summit but it is always packed and has been for 20 years! Nondescript outside, inside it's lovely and the patrons dress up to suit. Local families cram the tables, couples coo in the corners,all enjoying the truly fabulous food. The menu is generous but if you want the best, choose the specials. They represent what is fresh that day and has the chef's special attention. Everything, from appetizers thru dessert, is delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 93 reviews are from the La Focaccia reviews archive.
  • Less than expected.
    PennsyRR
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Arrived before the locals, for a 6pm reservation. Took a while for anyone to greet us at the door. Too many staffers handling our two-some resulted in no one coming back to check if our food was OK, to check on our drinks, or any other quality elements. While the food was good, our salad plates, and dinner plates were removed from our table almost before our forks hit the plates. One of the "bus boy" staff managed to smack my chair EVERY time walked behind me. Independent of our seating, I noted that the Host, who had eventually showed up at his post, spent the time staring at the tables like a hawk. Certainly made an odd impression. Having said all this, we will go back, hoping it was just an odd evening for them.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Reliable Spot
    BrooklyngirlVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food is always better than average at this Summit restaurant that is not in the downtown area. It can be noisy, and Sat nights the wait can be long, even with a reservation. However, we were there in a Thursday for dinner and it was buzzing but we were seTed right away. Appetizers included clans in a spicy broth and a great beet salad. All the entrees we had were excellent and they have a great selection of desserts. A place to come back to for really good Italian food that is not the standard fare found all over NJ.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We have been going here for years and will continue to do so. We brought another couple with us (their first time) and they really enjoyed the experience. The staff is very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WestOrange2
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Consistently good ..good menu selections. Bread is great. Very nice atmosphere.m
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This is my and my husband's favorite restaurant. Service is fantastic, food is amazing. I can't say enough good things.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My Grade is E. Elegant, Efficient, Exquisite and------EXPENSIVE
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy, but Great food and service
    SwamiVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Acoustics are so bad or the clientele is really loud. Can't tell which, but its so noisy you can't hear people at your table. Love the food though. The waiters and staff are really nice old timers that engage children very well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    La Focaccia has excellent Italian food and top notch service. Reasonable pricing as well. I like that it is BYO because you can pair their great food with your own great wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Food and service is always very good but is pricey for what it is
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traffic cop needed on Mother's day
    OutofTowner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was great but we felt rushed. Would enjoy it better on a non holiday
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unpleasant dining experience
    julie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I was disappointed with my dining experience at La Focaccia. The restaurant is pretty, but was extremely noisy and the tables were so close together that it was necessary to rearrange our chairs to avoid being poked by the woman at the next table. When the waiter presented the "specials" I asked the price. He looked at me as though the question was inappropriate, but I'm glad I asked, because the $44 price tag was $8 more than the most expensive menu item and significantly higher than most of the entrees which were more reasonably priced under $30. A few of us ordered veal milanese, which was dry and very tough. I would have shared this with our waiter, but he did not reappear until he brought over the dessert menus.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent and reliable
    Eats
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. The food is flavorful and fresh. Very good choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Strong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This was not our first time dining at La Foccacia, and it won't be our last. The service and food are outstanding! They never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Closed Mondays !!
    Debster14VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Made a reservation for Monday evening. When I got to restaurant it was closed . So disappointing
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Quality Italian Food
    FoodFaceVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Any attempt you can do to
    alwaysthere1VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Any attempt you can do to lessen background noise would be beneficial
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All great, except for???
    marzher
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    SsnissimVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Dining Experience
    DeborahVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable night out
    StanVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Night Out
    Harry
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always reliable
    Rose
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    We've been to this restaurant several times, and the food and service are always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After waiting at our table
    KidZim
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great dinner.
    marc
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent !!!
    jeffbVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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 !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening
    MagaVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We really did emjoy the food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    We really did emjoy the food, but the staff has just a bit of an attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Little Gem
    Shortee
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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 --
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.