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La Cucina di Clemenza

4.2
282 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
La Cucina di Clemenza Ristorante is a family owned Italian restaurant located in downtown Millburn, just a short distance from The Papermill Playhouse. Our old world style Italian cuisine is prepared fresh to order, utilizing only the finest ingredients.
Bring in a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy a night out feeling as if you are on the streets of old New York, complete with cobble stone, street lamps & a beautiful mural of the 1945 New York City skyline.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday -Thurdsday 11:30 am -9:00 pm

Friday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

Sunday - 1:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(973) 379-6700
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Our restaurant features an exquisite inside dining experience along with first floor banquet room. From a party of 15 to 130 people call us to see how we can host your next event.
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Private party contact
Michelle or Carolyn: (973) 379-6700
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Catering
Stop in for our full service catering and event menu options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main Street
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Parking details
Private parking lot behind restaurant as well as street parking.
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Special events & promotions
Let us host your next special event, meeting, anniversary, Bar/Bat Mitzvah or more.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Delivery, Private Room, Takeout
What 282 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great selection and solid, traditional Italian food. Service is excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and service! Reasonably priced.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We arrived at 6:15 and placed our order within 15 minutes. We booked an early dinner knowing we had tickets for an 8:00 shown by 7:20 dinner still had not arrived and when we inquired they were brusque - at that point we cancelled our dinner order; asked for a bill for our soft drinks and applies. The hostess got angry and told us to never mind - just go. So we did

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Really, the only complaint I've ever had about this place is their service. There are only two waiters for all those downstairs tables, and if you want something, it's impossible to catch anyone, so we just give up. I wish they used the usual method of service. I'm fine with having someone from the kitchen bring the food, and I'm fine with the bread/water person, but there are too many tables for just two waiters. Frustrating for us each we've been there.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had a reservation but when we got there, the only table they had for us was what looked like a last minute set up between the bar and the coat check. When the hostess saw our faces--that we weren't pleased with the location--she told us to wait a minute. She quickly set up a two-seater on a balcony, which was MUCH better. Appreciated the accurate customer read and quick solutioning. We'll be back.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food came out warm not hot which is unusual for this lovely restaurant. Service was not up to par but we enjoyed ourselves. Delicious is the only was to describe our entrees. We will happily return!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Seeing a play

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food, excellent service, never disappoints

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great as usual .... :-)

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Very disappointed after a lovely experience for previous special occasion just 6 months ago. It seemed like a totally udifferent restaurant; from hostess interaction, waiter's attentiveness, and to the food😒

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

First time very good would go back for sure easy to find great food

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Second time here, we liked the atmosphere, wide menu, good service and great meatballs and shrimp parm. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Nice neighbor place

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1.0Dined on February 17, 2018

we were given a table in the back near the kitchen very noisy. we were told that open table told them to give us this table. hopefully not true. we had to go to papermill theatre and did not leave. it was snowing. I would never allow booking at this restaurant. hopefully you can correct this for others . CHASAL

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The appetizers and meals were all very good. We were here after a matinee theatre show and it is very convenient to the Papermill playhouse. Best Italian food in the area

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went to La Cucina di Clemenza on Valentine’s Day. The restaurant was pretty full and service was a little slow. The food was good and the restaurant folded the men’s into a tuxedo and folded the women’s napkin into a rose, which was cute.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner on Valentine's Day. The food is always outstanding. My husband and I especially enjoy the Veal Milanese and my Mother-In-Law's favorite is the Eggplant Parmesan. A very nice touch on Valentine's Day was his and hers napkins in the shape of a tuxedo and a rose. This is our favorite go to restaurant.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Lovely BYOB with delicious food and attentive staff. Great place to dine before going to a show at the Papermill Playhouse.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We were seated close to door and every time the door opened we froze. I have allergies and initially was told they could not make me a meal. They were not knowledgeable about what ingredients were in the dishes and thought potatoes and vegetables contained gluten/wheat and argued with me.
My husband asked for his leftovers to be placed in a doggie bag and they were thrown out.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Been coming here for several years, usually after a performance at the Papermill Playhouse and the food is consistently excellent. Service and staff is friendly and efficient!! Highly recommended!!

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was good besides feeling a little rushed by the servers and cleaning the floors before we left

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Hadn't been hear for quite a while because parking in Millburn can be a problem, however, the food was very good as well as the service. Will try it again! Often prefer BYOB restarants!

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Slow. Slow. Slow. An hour wait, what a disappointment.
Chicken meatballs cold, sauce hot(temperature) . Calamari cold, sauce hot(temperature). Entree's good. Server likes to talk but not listen. That was the root cause of the problem. Lack of management is a concern and lack of any interaction doesn't help either. Adding that 30 minutes after ordering, we were told no Brussel Sprouts, poor organization ... Bottom line apathetic server killed the meal....No sure a third chance is warranted! Take your chances.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We enjoyed the dinner and the friendly/helpful wait staff. Loved the theme!

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was ok. Service was slow and part of the order got lost in the kitchen. It’s fine, not great.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Really pleased we finally stopped in here--we've been enjoying their pizza next door for years. Our waiter Marcello was very attentive, and we told him we wanted to take our time with ordering. Started off with the meatballs--very good and huge portion. Only wish they were seasoned a bit more and not so smooth inside (someone really mashed the meat together). Continued with both a clams and asparagus appetizers--delicious! We ended up splitting the eggplant parm dinner which was amazing. Great place and people, will be back and not just on weekends.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Very enjoyable. The food was good. The matre’d was very efficient and nice. The coffee and dessert delicious. We will come again.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Had dinner and enjoyed
The food was great and the service was good also.
Will absolutely come back

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Love love love this place never had a bad meal and never had bad service. Everyone is friendly the food is delicious and consistent. Will go again and again!!!!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was tasty and the portions were a generous size. Love that it is BYOB but Jersey wines are also available to purchase.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

From salad to gnocchi to chicken, totally delicious! We also enjoyed the York (NJ) wine.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

had an excellent meal at clemenza's. The foccaccia to start was outstanding, my chicken franchese over linguini was perfect and the service very nice and hospitable.

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2.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We tried this restaurant for Christmas Eve. The owners had difficulty locating our reservation and were generally rude to us. When we were finally seated and it took 10-15 mins for someone to come to our table to acknowledge us. Then it took about 10 mins more to get water and bread and have our wine opened. The food was only okay ... definitely not worth coming back for. The only bright spot was the owners’ son who ended up looking after our table. He was pleasant and attentive. He apologized for the under-staffing.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious dinner on Christmas Eve. I highly recommend the meatballs. Love that it's BYOB. The atmosphere is special - the interior decor is lovely. Service was slow, that's my only feedback of where to improve - but likely because of the holiday business. Spring for dessert - the homemade tiramisu, and banana cheesecake, is worth it!

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Pre-play dinner with family. Excellent Italian-American Classic food. Timely service.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

New York style small restaurant. Close to Lincoln Center for before or after performance meals. Exellent food and service. Crowded tables but not excessively noisy. A little pricy but considering location and food was a good value.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

I've been here twice in the last few months. Clamenza's never disappoints! I usually get the same thing each time, the braciole and the GIANT meatball appetizer, but I get the meatballs with the meal and split up among the table. This time we got the rice ball appetizer and it was awesome! Great food, great atmosphere and the staff is genuinely kind and friendly - I have told many to go there and no one ever says they had a bad time/meal!

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Good food-nothing pretentious but good,solid, fairly priced dinner. Attentive, quality service.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

The food is always very good here. The service took awhile to get started. We were seated on time and the hostess said she would be right back with menus but she never showed up. We finally got our server to bring us menus. He was very attentive as was the other staff. We like this place and won’t let this one slip up keep us from coming again.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Been going here for years. It’s a great value and the food is super good.

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