Benissimo Ristorante

4.2
133 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

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
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JG
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Already addressed issue w/Open Table but the restaurant wasn't even open!!! Can't review if it was under renovation or new ownership. Was just annoyed that I could make an OT reservation & get a confirmation & when we showed up @ 7:00 pm, the place was closed up.

The good news is that OT responded immediately to my complaint & apologized for the inconvenience. I would really like to go to this place if it ever opens.

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b
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Restaurant changed names, it is now Cucina. They did away with their lunch special and regular menu items are available. The regular menu items are freshly prepared and quite good.
Had the fish with escarole as my main meal, quite well done!
Limited menu selection (seems that they reduced their menu items however, you still find Veal, Chicken, Fish and Pasta options. Hope new management continues with same quality service as I experienced during my recent stay. Very accommodating service, quite attentive to all requests. Nice experience, I will be back!

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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D
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

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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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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L
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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b
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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BN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great dinner everything was excellent

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food.

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S
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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TT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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f
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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b
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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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RS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

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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T
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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d
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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GU
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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LP
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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TK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Birthday !

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

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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b
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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F
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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B
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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SJ
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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