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About Boccone South

Welcome to Boccone South! We bring a Modern Mediterranean flare to South Orange, NJ's hottest new old fashion Italian restaurant. Host: Silvio Caruso

59 S Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria, Sicilian

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

Cross Street:
Scottland Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 378-9222

Website:
http://www.bocconesouth.com/

Catering:
Off-Premise Catering available - please inquire about menus

Parking Details:
Municipal Parking in back of Restaurant

Public Transit:
South Orange NJ Train Station one block away

Executive Chef:
Carlo Carbonaro

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Boccone South Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (29)
Authentic (16)
Good for a Date (16)
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Special Occasion (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Casual (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Cozy (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Romantic (7)
Business Meals (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Fun (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food is truly excellent, and the staff couldn't be nicer! Nicole was our server, and she was amazing! I can't say enough wonderful things about this restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Silvio was a wonderful host! The bread pudding dessert was amazing.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Went on Valentine's Day for which they had a "special" menu. It was overpriced, taking advantage of the larger than usual crowd that might show up on a Wednesday evening. The meal was nothing special. What appeared to be a veteran waiter chastised a new, young waiter in front of us. Bad form, and embarrassing for the young man.

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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

You can tell the place makes it a priority to have great specials with fresh ingredients. We had the octopus appetizer, chicken dinner special and parpadelle funghi pasta. Finished with the cooked to order custard dessert. Really special. All dishes were delicious.

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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food is pretty good Italian/Mediterranean. Service is friendly but the front of house staff is a bit disorganized.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Always a good time and excellent meal, Silvio takes care of everything! Our favorite local spot!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I would have given 5 stars across the board, as the food and service here are amazing, however we waited 45 mins to sit for our 7:15 reservation.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Lovely atmosphere; excellent food; good service. Reasonably priced. A great neighborhood restaurant!!!!!!!!

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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great place, outstanding staff, food was excellent! Very comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. Will definitely visit again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Close your eyes, scroll your finger on the menu and pick a plate : it’s going to be amazing!
Just one tip for dessert : ask for the home made Savayone,
Silvio will make it in front of you.

Silvio’s kindness and humor, as well as his team will make you have a wonderful time in the best Italian restaurant in South Orange / Maplewood!!!

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The food from apps to dessert was amazing.
The service was even better!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The reservation time was respected and the service was amazing! Food was prepared to perfection including our dessert which was made right in front of us! The only downfall was there isn’t enough advertisements to say it is a BYOB and the noise level was very high.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food presentation and service are stellar. The menu variety is fantastic as are the daily specials. Nicole knows us very well and can usually anticipate which special would interest us.
The restaurant is well run and the staff are friendly and more than accommodating for any reasonable request. Boccone's is our go to Italian restaurant in New Jersey. All of our friends and family always request Boccone's when they visit us. Bravo

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Fantastic food and service. Silvio the owner is always personable and welcoming. A wonderful dining experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Delicious food and EXCELLENT service from Nicole!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We were really underwhelmed and I'm surprised more people aren't.

I will say that I am a chef and moved to the area a few months ago. We went because of all the high reviews.

The server was new and although nice, didn't match the price points of the menu to me.

The "rock" shrimp app special was not rock shrimp. I think most people wouldn't know the difference, hence the lie.

The ribeye was ordered medium rare and came out medium at best. There was little follow-up to see if it was cooked properly.

The seafood pasta special was okay.

I put in the reservation that it was someone's birthday and "Happy Birthday ...." in the special instructions. At the end of the meal we were brought a free bread pudding because we were "first time" guests. But, no mention of the birthday and at that point we had enough.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Not only was the dinner special outstanding, our waitress made the evening even better. She was charming, helpful and attentive.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

There are not enough nice things that I can say about this restaurant. Silvio always greets us as if we are close relatives, with a loud "Nice to see you".He now knows our taste ,so well,that he makes suggestion to suit our palate. I no longer need the menu since I listen to what he suggest. Its as if he is my personal chef. I keep coming back so often because I know what to expect and why bother looking anywhere else?

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Amazing food, atmosphere, and service. I have never had a bad thing to eat at this place, it's absolutely delicious. Rice balls are a must!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Excellent service. They knew it was a birthday and treated her special.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Our experience here is always amazing. Fantastic service and delicious food!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent restaurant with delicious cuisine. Tried it for the first time and came away impressed with the quality of the food and level of service. Will be back to try other items on the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Once again, our dining experience was a TOTAL DELIGHT!!!
This is why we dine here regularly.

My wife's monk fish special(prepared to her liking) and my capellini with seafood from the regular menu were just absolutely delicious.
AND, the tiramisu I had for desert with my double espresso was absolutely the BEST I've ever had anywhere.
Wonderful ambience , terrific service and reasonable prices assure that you'l l walk out the door with a smile.
Silvio and Michelle run this place the way a restaurant should be.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Everything from the appetizers to the desserts puts a smile on your face!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Always a wonderful time and meal. We love this place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I've been a few times recently and really enjoyed it but New Years Eve 2017 really solidified this as a wonderful local spot for me and my family. It's Italian and honestly I felt like we were in Italy. The owner was working the room and did a wonderful job describing the specials - which we thoroughly enjoyed. Everything was wonderful. Great way to spend the last night of the year.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Michael was our welcoming, charming server! Food is delicious, generous portions!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food and service that is consistently consistent!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Owner makes you feel very welcome. Food is very good and good atmosphere

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Love the food, service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Boccone South was perfect for a get together with friends. The parking is easy, the food is good, and we stayed for a long time catching up. I would recommend it.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Very nice place with outstanding, attentive service. One entree was served somewhat cold and had to be sent back to be heated, but was promptly handled.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This is our go to Italian restaurant. Food and service are always exceptional. Nicole are server tonight took great care of us anticipated all our needs. The specials were fantastic, the cowboy rib eye was great as well as the stuffed yellow pepper. Bravo!!! Always a great meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

A great restaurant. Silvio and staff are rock stars

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Fantastic food and service. Truly an authentic feel. Great specials. Would highly recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Delicious dinner and excellent service before an early curtain at SOPAC— we’ll happily return!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Wonderful! Bravo!!!
The food is delicious - so homemade and fresh
Owner is a special person and it is reflected in every aspect of his restaurant .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Lovely people and amazing food!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great neighborhood spot turning out bigtime flavors. Seafood salad is a great appetizer and the parppadelle funghi is an incredible pasta dish. Don’t overlook the ribeye Boccone with roasted garlic, capers and peppers.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Went to Boccone South on Thursday before a SOPAC show. We shared a Caesar salad and eggplant special for appetizers. They were tasty. I enjoyed a pasta special,which had generous portions. Silvio is a gracious and attentive host who gave us a terrific bread pudding for our dessert. A great spot for good food and warm service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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