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Trattoria Bel Paese
Trattoria Bel Paese

Trattoria Bel Paese Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://trattoriabelpaese.com
  • Phone: (908) 276-3336
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Trattoria Bel Paese
Trattoria "Bel Paese" is a neighborhood Italian restaurant where an unforgettable meal will transport you to Italy. Experience old fashioned Sicilian dishes and Italian specialties exactly as made back home for generations. We offer daily specials such as Ossubuco, Braciola, Tripe, Snails, Lamb, Octopus and more! We hope to see you soon!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "nicely served meal which was well prepared abd reasonably priced. Always a nice place to eat"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Go for the food, it is a wonderful experience of fresh made pasta and all other other fresh ingredients. The decor is terrible. Very dated with lighting that I am sure was out of somebody's basement or garage sale. Not sure if they are trying to "set a mood" but with weird lamps and even a spotlight, they only mood is rummage sale. However, the food is good enough to overlook the decor disaster. I will go back- often but, I will never book a party or bring anyone to impress there. I will keep it as my neighborhood gem- for the food."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The chicken cutlet was extremely tough and had to be returned. The sauce was salty and the vegetables were overcooked,"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I was reluctant to go to this restaurant because some reviews criticized the service. We had an excellent meal on a Saturday evening. The place was packed but we had excellent service and a very good meal. The staff helped one another so our order was taken promptly, our dinners arrived in a reasonable and we were visited often by staff who asked if we needed anything. I would definitely go again and recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My wife and I took my parents this past Saturday night and they really enjoyed the food. My father was very impressed!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My wife and I have two young kids so just the two of us going out is a big treat. We made reservations, but when we showed up, on time, we were seated in from of the door, which in Winter '14 was pretty uncomfortable. We ordered, enjoyed the food very much but we were abandoned by the wait staff after each course. We decide to bag having desert we had to wait so long. We noted other diners having similar experiences of less than good service. We'll not be back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Food was average. Looked & tasted like parsley instead of basil on my appetizer & entree. Felt like we were imposing by asking for a booth rather than the small table we were being seated at, even though we were the only patrons @ the time. Was told Groupon was usually not honored on the nights that they had their cooking class, but they would make an exception for us. Again, we felt like we were imposing. We are usually no too critical about food & places, but something felt off about the whole experience."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "It Was My First Time Going with my fiance for VDay and we was hoping for a good night but got the complete opposite. First let me say the food was great, but horrible service. We had to ask for water as our server did not offer. And not once did she ever check on us since she was too busy on her iPhone. It took her a half hour for us to get dessert after eating our entrées. A family that came received everything faster than us which was unacceptable. I do not plan on returning back to this place anytime soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "And we sort of did. The food was okay, not great but very expensive for what you get. There seems to be a lack of seasoning. The place is horrible to look at but the service is GREAT. We were there on a Sunday night and we were the ONLY ones in the restaurant. I suppose we didn't mind it because we used a Groupon. I would definitely go back with a Groupon and would recommend it to others with a coupon, but not at full price."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The food and service was amazing. Can't wait to go back!!!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "The service was very good at the restaurant. The waitress was attentive and very friendly and quick. The food was very good. Very tasty and nice size portions. My wife and i would definitely come back here again. Oh, and you can bring your own wine, which was a plus."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "My friend and I had New Years Eve dinner here. The food and service were wonderful. I've also eaten here on a non holiday and had the same, great experience."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "A friend and I came here for dinner last week and were blown away by the charm of this cozy Cranford restaurant. Definite pluses were the friendly and attentive service, relaxed casual atmosphere (byob), and fresh seafood dishes. Chef George also struck up a conversation with us after dinner that made us feel like repeat guests and not the first timers that we were. Another selling point for me was the fact that we didn't arrive until almost 9:30 but not once did we feel rushed to leave as the restaurant was closing up. This is a DEFINITE must-try restaurant if you are in the market for fresh (and affordable!) Italian dishes. We will definitely be returning in the future, and hope to check out some of their cooking classes as well."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "If you are in search of authentic Italian cuisine, look no further. We discovered this great little spot tucked away in downtown Cranford. The owner brought us bread with incredible dipping oil. The best we have ever had! Rigatoni with eggplant was so flavorful - favorite dish of the evening. Too full for dessert. We will be back and will save room!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Enzo has returned, and so has the quality. Lots of unique dishes with sicilian flair and fairly priced. Notable standouts include the stuffed artichoke, tuna with zucchini and peppers and the short fusilli with fava beans."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Food was excellent. Liked the specials. Owner came around to schmooz. like the BYOB. Recommend making reservations on weekend it gets crowded. I had the OssoBuco it was excellent."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "If you're in the mood for good Italian food and don't want to "get dressed to impress" this is the perfect place for you! Extensive menu, perfectly prepared and served by a friendly & efficient staff."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "We had a delicious meal but the service and ambience were only average. This is a casual restaurant, no tablecloths or cloth napkins. It so a BYO which is always good. When the waitress took away my fork after I had salad I had to ask for a fork to eat my entree. We enjoyed our food so we will return."
    Dined on 8/31/2013