Boccone South

4.7
708 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
Welcome to Boccone South! We bring a Modern Mediterranean flare to South Orange, NJ's hottest new old fashion Italian restaurant. Host: Silvio Caruso
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Sicilian
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Hours of operation
Monday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Tuesday - Friday noon - 9:30pm
Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Sunday Lunch for Private Events only
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Phone number
(973) 378-9222
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Carlo Carbonaro
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Catering
Off-Premise Catering available - please inquire about menus
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Scottland Road
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Parking details
Municipal Parking in back of Restaurant
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Public transit
South Orange NJ Train Station one block away
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 708 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Never a bad meal and they always make you feel like family!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Wow. This place was delicious! Every dish we ordered as a table of 6 was incredible. I can’t give 5 stars bc the decor is dated, the music was not great easy listening, and they need a liquor license, but man, this was the best Italian food I’ve had in quite a while. And a great array of menu options. Service was also excellent.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

As usual, Silvio put on a great show for us and our guests. Excellent menu with the specials. Our guests were blown away by the friendliness of the owner and staff and we finished our meals with Silvio’s Authentic bread pudding.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Delicious food.... Delightful wait staff... Chef greets and cares for customers

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Disappointing night at a very good restaurant. Tuna main course came out in an awful condition. Pieces are the end of the tuna steak and looked and tasted awful. Sent back the dish and got bland salmon instead. Would never go back except we know that food is good at this local restaurant USUALLY. Waitress was accommodating but food was quite a setback.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Silvio welcomes you like a family member. The menu including the specials is extensive, and the food is excellent. I have been fortunate enough to visit 44 U.S. States and more than 50 counties and have been to many of the best restaurants, however, I have never encounterd a server who is more professional, attentive, charming and knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients than Nicole. She is absolutely amazing, and I request her as my Server everytime I visit Boccone. Boccone is a local treasure.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Consistently good with some standouts (pasta with seafood, silky bursts appetizer, bread pudding/homemade gelato), but what makes this one of my favorite restaurants of
all time is the ambiance. Silvio and Nicole will remember your name, favorite food, and welcome you like a member of the family. I love bringing friends here and watching them fall in love with the place, and there’s no sweeter spot for date night after a tough week. BYOB— no corkage fee, because they’re awesome, and they’ll treat your wine well.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service!
We've been to many Italian restaurants, locally, NYC, Italy. This is one of the best!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The location is perfect and the food is very good, but our server made all the difference in making our evening a lovely time to get together with friends for a night out.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Found this place by accident... we actually found a different Italian restaurant in the same neighborhood, but didn’t realize it was closed on Mondays. Open Table to the rescue, this place was right around the corner from the first choice. The acorn squash and apple soup was different- and delicious. I had the special which was spinach- basil gnocchi with garlic shrimp sauce. Wow! Super delicious! Huge portion with s lot of shrimp. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly. Our server was authentically Italian (might have been the owner?) and was happy to adapt the menu to my vegan dinner companion... subbing eggplant for the shrimp and a tomato based sauce for the garlic sauce. FYI though - If you want wine, bring it with you.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great service, very accommodating. Food was wonderful. It was a little loud but they put us in the back where it was relatively quiet.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

I had the walu special, one of the tastiest pieces of fish I've ever had. The burata salad was also very good. Silvio, the owner, is always extremely welcoming.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Silvio and his crew are always a pleasure! Aside from the top notch food . Love this place!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Another wonderful meal with incomparable hospitality courtesy of, the ever charming, Silvio!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Been coming to Boccone's since we moved to South Orange four years ago. The selection of meals and the service is beyond compare. Nicole our waitress is excellent, she usually know what we're going to order before we do. Our friends who live about an hours south of us always want to come up to go to Boccone's, their favorite restaurant. A great experience as usual. In addition, it was one friends birthday. Nicole and the whole staff came by to sign Happy Birthday, a nice touch. Our grandchildren's first choice for eating out.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

This is definitely my favorite area restaurant. The food and service are excellent. The host, Silvio, always greets you very warmly. After presenting you with the menu he recites the specials of the day. He does this showing his passion and love for the cuisine of his native country. His Italian accent adds to the authenticity of the experience.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Another GREAT dinner:
the food, service and ambiance were as good every other time we've been here

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We had a lovely dinner on Saturday night. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and provided impeccable service to get us to our show at SOPAC on time. It was such a pleasure to dine here. They made us feel like family the minute we entered and were seated. We don't know how we we have missed dining at Boccone South before! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Always a great dinner at Boccone!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The food here is outstanding and the owner is awesome!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Another phenomenal meal at Boccone South, 10 of us celebrating 4 birthdays in the family. We ordered beautiful salads and Arancini for appetizers, and a variety of tasty dishes for dinner. The ravioli special was extraordinary! We shared several desserts - the gelato is always superb. Always a pleasure dining at Boccone - the food was terrific, and service outstanding (Nicole is the BEST SERVER). Will be back soon!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Super dinner as always with incomparable hospitality from Silvio and a wonderful staff!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Great food, great service, and super-friendly owner/staff. Highly recommend this neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Can’t get enough of this place and the amazing service and food. Thanks Silvio!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Service and food never dissapoint! Always a pleasure

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The staff was lovely and the food delicious! This is our favorite “go to” place when visiting NJ. They never disappoint!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give Boccone South an 12! The service is exceptional, everyone makes you feel like family. The food is consistently excellent, the menu has something for everyone. The daily specials are AMAZING - and there is always a long list of specials, with lots of seasonal items. The entrees are plentiful...but save room for dessert---the homemade bread pudding is worth every single calorie! This is our go-to restaurant, it never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

My second time having dinner at Boccone South and the food was excellent!
Will go back again!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The food, service, and atmosphere were great! I highly recommend Boccone South to anyone looking for a special occasion. My family and I went here to celebrate my graduation and everyone was pleased with the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Wonderful food and ambiance as always. I want to thank Silvio and staff. I would highly recommend.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Overall not a great experience. The most annoying part was that the waiter wouldn’t put in our appetizer and kids order prior to ordering our main course. I’ve never been to a restaurant before where that was a policy.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We had a family get together dinner at Boccone South on Sunday and really enjoyed ourselves. The food is authentic and delicious, the portions are large, and the service is very friendly and warm. Looking forward to going back again soon!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Silvio and his staff were wonderful from the first course to the last. Great food all the time.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Nicole is a great server!!! The food, as always,—wonderful and so beautifully presented. Bravo Sylvio!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

always have a wonderful experience--service and food.
we travel from the jersey shore to dine here. silvio always remembers us and
treats us like family.
the veal chop was better than NYC.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Another wonderful meal-totally great food and service at reasonable prices

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

It was nice, personal and quiet.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Good food and service!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Incredible experience. This was my second time there and it did not disappoint. Great service and incredible food. Got the gnocchi padia and it was incredible. Also try the fried calamari as an appetizer and get the bread pudding for dessert, it is to die for! Incredible little restaurant in south orange and reasonably priced. Love the traditional Italian feel.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Love this place and the staff. Silvio is the best!!!

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