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Benissimo Ristorante

4.0
131 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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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Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 131 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.5
ambience
3.7
value
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64% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We received a cancellation from the restaurant an hour before our reservation on Mother's Day. We had to adjust our entire plans and try and find another reservation somewhere else.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The noise level was extremely high and made conversation very difficult. The food was good but not great. The portions were a good size. Instead of an ice bucket for our wine we were given a bowl of ice cubes. We won’t be going back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

What a gem! Cute little BYOB.
My husband had the shrimp arrabiata appetizer, and the chicken rollatini dinner. I believe that they were both specials. I had the salmon tartar w/avocado in a citrus dressing, and the short rib special with broccoli rabe. We were both full from our meals and didn't have room for dessert.
Everything was absolutely delicious. We are so happy that we tried this restaurant, and will definitely be returning.
I highly recommend this restaurant, you won't be disappointed.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Good food, well executed , great portions, friendly owners & staff! Worth a return trip!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Well worth the drive. Small, cozy Italian neighborhood gem! The cheese and meat appetizer is a must! Shared the platter with my customer, no crumbs left over, it was delicious! The fish special is always a great choice. Everything is fresh and made to order. An exquisite Italian restaurant with BYOB which keeps the cost down. Prices are very reasonable. When in Totowa, stop by, you will enjoy it. I drove 16 miles to enjoy their food, will do it again and again!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We had a great dinner everything was excellent

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Awesome food.

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4.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on July 26, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Birthday !

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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on May 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Excellent food and service. Never have a complaint.

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2.0Dined 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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