La Cucina di Clemenza

4.2
325 reviews
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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.

Reservations are not required for Lunch! Feel Free to Just Walk-In!

Look Out for our New Revamped Lunch Menu Very Soon!
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JM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Due to an unexpected death in the family I had to schedule a Mother’s Day dinner at the last minute, and they were so accommodating! Our waiter knew the menu well and had awesome recommendations, the food was fresh, classic, delicious, and hearty (Mom ate her take home leftovers!) the atmosphere was very warm & welcoming, family style! And everyone was happy. Recommended!

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was eh, waiter not too knowledgable about the menu. Three of four people ordered Veal Chop Milanese but it was not a pounded chop but pieces of very thin, overcooked veal cutlet with the salad on top. We ordered the meatball appetizer which was way too salty. The shrimp in garlic appetizer was just ok. It was very pretty inside but a little noisy. May give it another try, may not.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I did not see anything on the website about it being a BYOB restaurant. They have a beautiful bar and it is just there for show, If I had known ahead of time I would have made plans to bring my own. Not quite as upscale as I interpreted it from the website. It was a little loud for my liking.

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OT
New York Area
200 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had dinner at La Cucina di Clemenza and enjoyed ourselves. The service was excellent.

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VD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and good service

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful every time. It’s our go to!

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t
New York Area
179 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Took a while to get them up and running after the street fair, but food was ok. Like to see a bit more personal touch and actually acknowledge that you are new to the resto.

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J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in Millburn. Love the "Sunday Gravy" and the salads are great too!! Alsois BYOB which is great!! Service always spot on and everyone is super friendly.

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GJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice ambiance and wait staff. Food was very tasty and fresh. We sat near the fountain, which was a little distracting. Will definitely go again!

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always on point !

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

One of our favorite local places

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OT
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. The salad the Pears was very hard. My meal I liked the spinach. I didn’t like the fish. It was sautéed with a thick coating. The desert tartufo was delicious. My husband enjoyed his meal. He had escarole soup. He also had Sunday Gravy.

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RN
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was awful. The clams oreganita was all bread crumbs. Don’t think there were any clams in the shells. Food was okay. My pasta was swimming in sauce. Had to ask for cheese for pasta.

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CL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Open Tabke took a reservation for 12:30 on Saturday. When I arrived I found that only the pizzeria was open, not the restaurant I had reserved. The manager told me that this has been a problem for awhile.
Very annoying-please work on your schedule

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s
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

food was not that good, need to think of getting another chef

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Waiters obviously were not trained properly, we had to ask for basic items several times (cheese, bread, water, oil, etc.). The restaurant was not crowd to warrant any type of poor service. We even witnessed a server picking his nose. Food was ok but not for the prices being paid. Loud 70’s music in an Italian restaurant was not quite the experience you’d expect to find. I can say we tried it but wouldn’t go back.

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s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! Didn't put it together that the namesake Clemenza was from The Godfather. A Genco Olive Oil window and large photo of Richard Castellano were the only overt references in the dining room. A quote appeared in the menu as well as in the men's room.

Started with the Pasta e Fagiole and had the Clemenza's Sunday Gravy for my entree. The brachiole was so unbelievably flaky you cutie cut it with your fork. Perfectly seasoned. Meatball and sausage were equally tasty. When it came out, I wished there was a little more rigatoni, but it turned out to be a perfect amount.

Finished with Cappuccino and Cheesecake.

A delight. Would return.

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

Great place great people great service

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J
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family owned and they treat you like family. Always excellent food so you'll go there for your favorite dish until you see the specials ! BYO so that helps with the tab which is always very reasonable. One of the best, authentic, Italian restaurants in Jersey. Just dress like your going to you Grandmother's house for a great Sunday dinner.

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

Enjoyed a special birthday. The food was extra fabulous ! We had an exceptional experience love this place!

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BG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite casual places. Good food and pretty restaurant

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

All around average, the lady who seemed to run the place needs to learn to at least pretend to welcome her guests.

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BG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice local restaurant

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KD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

We have been there several times. The food is excellent! A few things happened. First, there was a soup special and I asked the waiter what it was and he said he didn't know and would ask the kitchen. Never came back. Then we asked the older lady and she said it was Italian wedding soup. I still didn't know what was in the soup. Her response "your not going to like it"! How does she know what I like and don't like. The older lady was rude when my husband was trying to give her constructive criticism. He ordered veal parmesan and asked for his pasta on a separate plate and not under the veal. It came together with the veal. When he mentioned something she said "I can't please you people". Ends up the waiter did write pasta on a separate plate it was the kitchen that didn't look at the ticket. She later told us and apologized.

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R
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had gone to a nearby movie and then had dinner at Cucina. We had a nice table on a raised platform, great food and service. The fact that you bring your own wine keeps the cost down, too. I would recommend it highly.

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CB
London
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ok every day dining. Food was ok but not great. Service was very nice but we were basically the only guests so not sure what to think of it.

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FR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were very pleased with the atmosphere of this restaurant. We went prior to going to the Papermill Playhouse. It was convenient to park at the Playhouse and walk to the restaurant. I ordered the sole over spinach, it was very good. I would go back here.

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OT
New York Area
200 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

I been to la Cucina Di Clemenza a few times and never had a problem before. I always got my open table
Points immediately and when I told the hostess she claimed she checked me in and that’s it. The salad was very good and I shared it with my husband and they split it with 2 plates. I ordered grill salmon-and steamed vegetables with no oil. The vegetables came with oil so I sent it back. Than the vegetables came back ice cold so I sent it back a 2nd time. The vegetables came back with an extra hot plate that you couldn’t touch the plate. I asked for a cool plate and they brought me a dessert plate and said I should eat the salmon from the extra hot.plate and the vegetables from the small plate. I Asked for a cool dinner plate and they finally got it right. My fish was over cooked from the micro vegetables. I would normally look away if I received my points but I didn’t.
I will not go back because it’s to much trouble especially if you do not get your points.

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L
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 4 having dinner before attending Papermill playhouse . Food and service was excellent we Brought our own wine and enjoyed appetizers , entrees, dessert and cappuccino in a relaxed atmosphere

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful:-) love this little place ! It’s always been out place and when we bring friends they just love it! And we just love Carolyn she’s the best

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A
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

the food was good. The service was strangely bad otherwise we would recommend it.

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AA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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H
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. The food is consistently good.

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SG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best place to go pre-theater for Papermill but also excellent on its own! A great story, and a great place.

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and great value

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S
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Have been here many times before. Food is always good. Service this particular night was very slow.

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p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we have been here a ton of times. it's a great meal every time. Their
chicken balsamico is the best!

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Had 7:30 reservations confirmed on opentable. Showed up on time. Several people were waiting for tables. Restaurant was busy but not unmanageable. Finally got to the counter, woman didn’t have our reservations. I told her I booked it on open table, she said that’s the second time that happened. I guess if you don’t cross reference your phone in and open table reservations, shockingly, they won’t just appear in your note pad. We came back in 15 minutes as we weren’t going to wait at the bar with our 14 year old. After waiting another 10 minutes for the hostess to appear, and didn’t, we just left. Figured if the hostess didn’t have it together I can only imagine how long we would wait for food. What a hot mess. Never going back. With several other good Italian places in Milburn, why bother.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service is epically bad. 20 mins to be seated with a reservation. They don't look at OpenTable. Another hour to get food. Had to steal a corkscrew and glasses for wine service. They were rude throughout. The only good part of the meal was leaving and writing this review.

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Evening started with the hostess complaining that Open table reservations never show up in her system and she’ll find us a table. Took about 20 minutes before anyone took our order. Salads took a while to come out too. After over an hour at the table the bus boy half cleaned up the salad plates. We asked how long it would be and he sarcastically replied “time flies when you’re having fun”. The food when it came out was barely warm and the pasta was watery. Not once did anyone check in on our meal to see how it was or if we needed anything.

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