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For 2
Date
Fri, 2/23
Time
8:30 PM

Benissimo Ristorante

4.4
126 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (6)
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(973) 595-5595
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nicola Moncada
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Neighborhood
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 126 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We had a great dinner everything was excellent

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Awesome food.

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scotchnSoda (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Small parking in the back and plentiful street spots.Good value and food. A BYO.Wil try it again.

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vipTonyTroiano (Las Vegas)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Can't really leave a review based on the food - we made a reservation on Open Table and received a confirmation. When we showed up - there was no record of our reservation. The man disappeared for a bit to check his phone, but came back a couple of times to seat others who were waiting.. When he returned he advised there were no tables. He did insist the this was the fault of Open Table and not the fault of the restaurant. Naturally we weren't pleased. If the attitude from the man was a little more sympathetic it would have been easier, however he was very defensive and was very clear it wasn't his fault. Because of that attitude, we would never try this restaurant.

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vipfedem (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

We just love this place. Excellent food and service and Nicola is a wonderful host. Our favorite local spot.

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vipbogie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

Benissimo was Buonissimo! The food at this cozy local Italian Restaurant is always on the mark. Stay with the daily specials and recommendations, they always guide you right! Mixed cheese and cold cut platter was fresh and very tasty. The Cod, escarole and white beans was exquisite. Well prepared, flavorful, nicely presented.
Prices are very reasonable! Have a look, you will not be disappointed. Benissimo is spot on, all the time!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  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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vipRebeccaS (New York Area)
3.0  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.

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Truth (New York Area)
5.0  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!

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Dards (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

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

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dacif23 (Miami)
5.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 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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Empowered1 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 26, 2017

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

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vipLauraP (New York Area)
2.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

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

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JerryR (New York Area)
4.0  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!!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

Birthday !

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Linda (New York Area)
1.0  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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vipbogie (New York Area)
4.0  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!

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vipFoodieguy (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 24, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  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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vipBren (New York Area)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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AlKaho28 (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

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

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Marc (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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