Boccone South

4.8
810 reviews
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Welcome to Boccone South! We bring a Modern Mediterranean flare to South Orange, NJ's hottest new old fashion Italian restaurant. Host: Silvio Caruso
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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A terrific place for Valentine’s Day. Ambiance was hectic but wasn’t overwhelming or too loud. Limited (more expensive) special menu for Valentines Day, but usual menu is delicious with large portions and is priced appropriately. Service is always fantastic and feels welcoming and authentic without being too much. Have been coming here for a few years and will absolutely continue. Somewhat of a hidden gem in the South Orange area.

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JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was absolutely amazing, the service wasn’t great. According to our server they had a large party that threw them off but we had reservations at 745, didn’t get seated until 815, appetizers came right away, and then we waited over an hour for dinner. I would definitely go back to see if we caught it on a bad night because the food was some of the best Italian food I have had!

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l
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Italian food, and great service. Exactly what you'd want in a high-quality local Italian restaurant.

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DK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place serving mostly classic Italian food, moderate prices, BYOB so that helps, parking lot in back.

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j
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Silvio and his team deliver a delightful evening. The food and service were excellent!

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m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wide variety of off-the-menu excellent specials and friendly, attentive service. The food is creative and excellent with emphasis on fresh ingredients. The welcome and attention is what family should be like!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, never disappointed. My South Orange go to!!!

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JJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a pleasure to dine at Boccone. They treat you like family and make your dining experience special!

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OT
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was Great and so was the service. Desserts were very good too. Will return soon. Thanks!

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G
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and Great Service.
Was not busy due to Super Bowl Sunday but would be a Great place to go prior to the game. Will be going back for sure and recommending others as well.

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TB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, our waiter was friendly, attentive and helpful with the menu. The food overall was very good. The eggplant rolatini appetizer was barely warm, it should have been hot. The rest of the meal was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, authentic food well prepared and presented. Place could use a facelift, but the overwhelming graciousness of the staff, and the wine, quickly bring you back to why you are here, the food!

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JL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant in every way. The service is excellent. The welcome is warm and genuine. The food is down home Italian in the very best sense of the word. Excellent ingredients, beautifully prepared. This is a “go to” restaurant for me.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great food is fantastic! This is the second time we were there it is our new go to!

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was wonderful and knowledgeable and food was excellent

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a local restaurant for me but I will be back not because I can walk there but because the food is outstanding !

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H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nobody does it better than Silvio. Always goes out of his way to ensure a perfect evening.

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IG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is by far one of the best I’ve been to in quite sometime. The food is fantastic and the service is surpassed my none! I would highly recommend it!

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RS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Silvio Caruso is a warm and caring owner and makes everyone feel welcomed.

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m
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

There are three dining areas: The front room is by far the noisiest and most casual. We were in the second area; there's a third in back that seems to be the quietest. Entrees are large. Specials are expensive and recited without price. I asked the price of one appetizer, hoping that Silvio would pick up and give prices going forward, but he seemed to resent the question and did not. While the food was terrific, we might have chosen differently if we'd known a pasta special was $36 and a veggie app was $20. The owner's personalized approach has its charms, although for me it verged on shtick. The rest of the staff was low-key, professional and, at first, very attentive. As the restaurant filled up, staff became scarce. Decor is a hodgepodge, seating is comfortable and tables are well spaced. The food is absolutely top-notch, but the overall experience is more neighborhood joint than fine dining.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sylvio the owner and his staff are all wonderful and pleasant. Always greeting you with a smile and kind words. Miquel and Nicole are great and the food is really really good.

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Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service! Only downside is that they did sell wine, beer, or cocktails for some reason.

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JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, Silvio and his staff went above the call of duty !! They make you feel like royalty. Outstanding food choices on all levels and it all was fantastic. Don't miss out on thos one.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant. Great food and terrific service...thank you!

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CG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Boccone. Love it. The owner Silvio has put together a wonderful menu and every dish is amazing. His tomato sauce is homemade, and unlike some places, does not have that high acidic texture to it. We love coming here. It always a pleasure. The service is the best around. Everyone associated with Boccone South is to be commended for the wonderful job they do.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Boccone South is in our home town. It used to be called Cafe Arugula. The owner is there 24/7 and is a terrific guy and the food is sensational, especially the specials. Another thing that's important to me is that it's casual and very unpretentious. If you like great Italian food and creative specials, Boccone will not disappoint.

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JG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first stop here was a good one, in early with our young one and had the place to ourselves at 5. Wait staff was excellent as was the food... bit on the $ side but i wouldn't hesitate to go back. As good as the base menu looked the specials were outstanding.

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G
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual? All the staff are Great!

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 4ambience 3

Specials are recited without the prices and we were shocked that our pasta with beef cheek and oxtail was $42. While the food was extremely good we would not return to this restaurant.

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r
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent dinner great place for special occasions ie birthdays etc . The bread pudding desert is to die for

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sylvio is a great host!

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently delicious! I’ve never ventured away from their wonderful pastas and salads, but hear the main courses are fab as well. Portions are generous and the service couldn’t be better!

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the delicious, authentic Italian food, wonderful ambiance and the warm welcome from host Sylvio Caruso.

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JA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My mother was born and raised in Calabria who is also a chef, for me to compliment their southern Italian dishes says a lot! The eggplant rollatini and bread pudding dessert was on amazing! Nicole was amazing and helped us with our selections. Never had such an amazing service. Thank you Nicole!

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P
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for my birthday. They were so great and the singing for the birthday is pretty fantastic too! I highly recommend the bread pudding. All the food was truly delicious! Our group also had: burrata (special appetizer for the evening), eggplant rollatini, warm goat cheese salad (really delicious goat cheese balls), another special salad and portobello mushroom. For entrees the gnocchi and mahi mahi special we’re wonderful and so was the ahi tuna special. We had lots of food and a great time. Our waitress was also so accommodating. It is BYOB and they had corks ready for us at the end. Could not recommend this place enough!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, service attentive, felt like home

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M
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Italian food. BYOB. Decent sized portions as well. Will definitely go back. Yummy!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

There were 7 of us for a family dinner. We had an octopus appetizer which was amazing, very tender and delicious. The Gorgonzola stuffed mushroom was fine, and the warm goat cheese salad was nice. However, the crab cakes were gummy and disappointing.

For our mains, three of us had the special black ink pasta with seafood. The lobster and shellfish were seriously overdone and rubbery. The pasta was delicious, as was the saffron sauce, and the cod in the dish was perfect, melt-in-your mouth. My daughter had the paparadelle with mushrooms, which she said was fine but not fantastic. My son had the scampi with capellini, which he said was just okay and the shrimp were overdone. My mother in law wished the chicken with eggplant had more eggplant and the roasted potatoes were dry. My mother enjoyed her fettuccini with clams.

All in all a nice evening out, but the food was so inconsistent that we were disappointed, because the dishes that were good showed how delicious the entire meal could have been, had a little more care gone into cooking the shellfish.

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L
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is awesome!! Silvio is always so welcoming. He makes you feel like you are having an Italian feast at home!!

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HF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best fish in the area!

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