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About Benissimo Ristorante

Welcome to Ristorante Benissimo
a new Italian restaurant located In Totowa, New Jersey!

Owners Roberto Fischetta and Nicola Moncada provide great authentic Italian food. Nicola is the former owner of Due Nicola and Il Cinghiale and also is the Managing Director of Benissimo

545 Union Blvd.
Totowa, NJ 07512
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:




Dinner:

Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday 5:00 - 11:00pm

Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm


Closed Mondays

Lunch
Monday - Friday 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 595-5595

Website:
http://www.ristorantebenissimo.com/

Executive Chef:
Nicola Moncada

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Benissimo Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (8)
Casual (7)
Comfort Food (5)
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Good for a Date (5)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Romantic (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Fun (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Best Restaurant. Would recommend this restaurant. Excellent Italian food, excellent service and friendly. Great place to go anytime during the week.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went there with a group of 6 recently. The food was excellent. The service was good. It’s a BYOB restaurant. My brother in law could not stop raving about the Osso Bucco. My shrimp dish was equally delicious. Desserts were yummy! Great overall experience. We will be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The owners and waiters are very nice people. It was difficult to find a nearby parking space. The parking lot only holds a few cars.Had to park way up the side street.. The food was just ordinary. Dessert was better.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Dinner was delicious. Table was alittle awkward as this is a small restaurant. My biggest disappointment was to open my leftovers from dinner and find my dining companions dinner. I was the only person at the table to request my food to go. We have been to this restaurant before so I assume it was an isolated incident.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

What a wonderful find, thanks to Open Table!
We felt transported to Italy here. Professional staff and owner made us feel welcome with their warm unpretentious style. The owner visited each table as if he was visiting friends and you were now included. Food was excellent! We ordered from the Specials menu and nothing disappointed!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I have been there 3 or 4
Times. Food never disappoints. Great service as well

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We go to Benissimo frequently. The food is always consistent and good. The specials are typically the menu items from which we make our choices – but the menu has great stuff also. Neacola, the proprietor has been a chef for many years and you can count on getting an excellent Italian meal there..and it is not your typical Italian food, but with interesting parings of veggies and meat that you also find in Italy

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent authentic Italian food overall great experience I've visited this restaurant several times and it's always been top notch

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Good, classic Italian fare in a pleasant environment. A locals favorite.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Disappointed based on other reviews of this restaurant. Arrived being told they didn't have my reservation - did make accommodation by setting up a table, however the table wasn't level and they couldn't get it level so a "rocky" experience throughout the dinner.. Based on other reviews, the food was not anything special. Would not return as there are other restaurants in the area, which are much better.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We have been to Benissimo before and they never disappoint. The complimentary cheese and olives is a great way to start off the meal and we had the sausage, pepper and potato appetizer which was very tasty. Dinner was also excellent too. The zuppa de pesce was filled with tons of seafood in a yummy both with garlic toast. And the Rigatoni special with baccalo was outstanding! For dessert we had the zabaglione topped with sweet juicy berries. Food is served at a comfortable pace, never rushed. And its a BYOB, an added bonus! Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Very comfortable, delicious food, perfect timing between courses, risotto was fabulous! Perfect for a conversation with my client. Thank you

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Excellent service and excellent food. Enjoyable evening. Number 1 restaurant!!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The octopus appetizer was quite tasty - and the main course - offered on that day's list of specials (papardelle with smoked salmon in vodka sauce)... Ethereal!!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Birthday !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

This is the second time we dined at this restaurant . We returned because our first visit was primo! This visit was very disappointing. The service was extremely slow...we waited 20 minutes for someone to come to the table after we waited to be seated despite our reservation. When the waiter/manager finally came over he opened the wrong bottle of wine and left the beer unopened. We had to ask for water and waited another 20 minutes to order. After three requests, we finally got the ice bucket we requested. The entrees (4) all came out at different times, no one checked on how we were doing and because of the slow service we opted to skip coffee and dessert. I did approach the waiter/manager before leaving and gently asked why the service was so slow and he said, in a very odd-handed way, that they were busy. What a disappointment after having such a wonderful experience on our first visit.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Benissimo never disappoints. Food is authentic, fresh, expertly prepared. Ideal for a lunch meeting, discussion can be held without much background interference. Service is professional, prompt and attentive. This is a "never miss" on quality and creativity. While we were pressed for time, service came promptly, but without rushing. Suggest you go with their specials, they tend to be exquisite. Top notch Italian in the region. Don't miss it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Always great...Little Falls, Little Ferry, Madison, Totowa...Senor Moncada knows his stuff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 24, 2017

OWNER very friendly, service excellent, chief did a fantastic job preparing the entire meal. I would definitely recommend this local restaurant also BYOB. Best to make a reservation

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Had dinner with friends. It was our first time at this byo restaurant. We had their calamari with a ginger sauce which was very different and delicious. The bread was crusty, fresh and served warm. Selections included osso bucco, lobster ravioli, pasta, fish. The choices were all presented well and thoroughly enjoyed.

We shared a pistacchio cake, & some capuccino . A sweet way to end our evening. We would definitely return to this restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Went there for an early (6:30) Sunday dinner. Place filled only to one-third by the time we left. Friendly, helpful and efficient service. Good choice of entrees reasonably priced. Our salads (Arugula, Caesar) and entrees (Chicken France, Veal Scallopine Sorrentino) were excellent. Would definitely recommend and return another time.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Recently my wife and I were recommended this restaurant by an experienced foodie, he did not mention it was BYOB! Still we can't thank him enough for his info,we will definitely be back to this hidden treasure to enjoy the outstanding dining experience and bring our own wine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

I think they should have some Italian background music so no one
Can hear your conversations.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Always a great meal at Benissimo. Nicola is such a nice guy and the food is always delicious. One of my favorite go to places.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Very pleased with our experience! The food was great and the service was excellent. I would definitely recommend this to family and friends!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Great food. Service was very good . Would recommend for friends

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Love the food and service. Also, BYO and extensive menu so good for everyone. We had the table by the door and some people waiting were obnoxious; standing too close to our table, glaring at us. Most stood in vestibule; management should have removed the offenders. Next time will ask for a table not near the door. Food great, nice value and great for meeting friends. You are NOT rushed which is lovely. We meet friends there as Bennisimo's is about half way between our homes.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Excellent food and service. Never have a complaint.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

DID NOT FEEL WELCOMED
I saw this restauant on open table and thought we'd give it a try. We walked in and gave our name to the girl. She marked us off the list and said it would be a few minutes. A second boy came over and we went through the whole routine again. No problem. Finally what seems to have been the owner asked us about having a reservation, marked us off the list again and basically pointed to our table. He was absolutely not welcoming at all and had the personality of a wet fish. Completely turned off from the start. The food was average and therefore I will never return. Its a shame because our friends who are foodies also, told us to let them know how it was and unfortuately we could not recommend. There are too many italian restaurants where at least the host could great you with a smile and make you feel welcomed!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2017

When in area, a must visit to Benissimo's for an authentic Italian lunch or dinner. dropped in for a business lunch and was served promptly. The appetizer selection was fantastic, great cheeses! Papardelle were well made, fresh noodles, fantastic mushroom sauce. Did not partake in wine (business lunch) but took a peak at the list. Well rounded, mainly Italian, with great selections at modest cost. You will not be disappointed, the ambiance is authentic, service and ownership accommodating.
Visit and enjoy!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Dear Benissimo ,

My wife and I had to cancel our reservations for NY eve. due to getting the flu. I did call on Friday. We do look forward to coming for the first time very soon and know we will enjoy.
Thank You , Brian Thomas

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2016

service and price value excellent---food very good but could have been hotter

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Always great food and wonderful staff at Benissimo. Nicola and Bob are the best!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2016

Very creative Italian menu. A great place to dine after a concert at William Paterson University.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

What a great little find. From the moment we were greeted to the presentation of the check we were delighted. We were never rushed on a Saturday night - table of 6 from 6:30 to 9:00pm. We will definitely be back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Food was good as always.Where else can you get boar as an entree? Grilled octopus appetizer delicious.Host and staff pleasant and helpful

Tags: Outstanding Value, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2016

I chose this restaurant as a "meet in the middle" restaurant with friends, and based on the reviews from Open Table which were excellent. I also shared the website with menus as one of our diners has some specific dietary needs. All of our expectations were met and as my husband said, for our trip, "How great it was right off route 80!" We were given a great table in the corner and it was perfect for us. One thing I loved, aside from the best bread ever that did come with butter (!!), was the fact that we could sit for a bit with our wine (did I mention it is BYO!!) and not be rushed into ordering and then courses arriving asap. In any event, we all enjoyed all of our courses (mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat, grilled octopus, shrimp main course, swordfish special, venison special, etc.) and desserts. We spent several hours there (Saturday night) and plan to return. A great time was had by all!!!
PS I left a bag with extra bottle of wine under my seat and our friends left their Amex card. We turned the car around once on 80, when we realized the wine was left, and went right back. The waiter had the card and wine for me by the cash register, hidden from view. We were really impressed!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2016

The food is consistently excellent at this BYOB. You can always find a unique dish here. The whole branzino fish was cooked perfectly in a light white wine served with roasted potatoes and string beans. The endive salad was a treat. Clams are in a delicious broth and the bread is one of the best around. I highly recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2016

This is the third restaurant of Nicola we have been to. Food always first rate and service highly professional . Price/value excellent

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2016

My friends and I dined at this establishment for our monthly get together. I did not know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food, ambiance and capable staff. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Outstanding Value
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