Osteria Radici

4.7
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193 Reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian

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About

Radici is where tradition and cultural roots meet the modern Italian kitchen. Approached with great thought and executed with precision, this quaint Osteria offers a dining experience unparalleled in the area.

Two five-course tasting menus, one from the land and one from the sea, have been curated to show the best of what is around us. All menu items are also available a la carte. You are welcome to bring your own wine and beer.

Chef Randy Forrester has been named a 2019 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. Osteria Radici was named a 2018 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best New Restaurant and one of the Best 30 Restaurants in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, European, Sicilian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue, Weds, Thu, Fri, Sat – 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Lunch
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Phone number
(609) 223-2395
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Randy Forrester
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Church Street
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Parking details
Free street parking is available on Main Street. The Church Street municipal lot is a short walk from restaurant.
Additional
BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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AC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Randy's creations were outstanding. We are sorry to see him leave NJ!

JK
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Very disappointed. Poor limited choice menu which the name of the food explained nothing about what you we're ordering. Overpriced. Small portions. Pasta was raw and barely edible. Sauce wasn't even good. Had to go to another restaurant to get food for my don't who couldn't eat anything there. Now I see why they are closing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal ! So glad we got in before they move.

w
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We are sorry to see them leave our town. They have been highly rated by James Beard.

KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Eat what is served and appreciate the uniqueness.

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, great service! We loved every minute. The bread - made by the chef - was outstanding. We will be back.

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

Everything was excellent- from the food to the service. We’ll be back for sure!

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

Well thought out and executed tasting menus of Sea and land.

DG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local. Fresh. Simple, high quality ingredients expertly prepared. Tasting menu is outstanding. Service was excellent, friendly & attentive but not obtrusive. Best dining experience in quite some time. Very highly recommended. We will be going back!!

LV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would like to see candles on table great ambience definitely will go back

CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

While the food is still great most of the times, particular the raw fish courses, I’m missing the warm presence of his wife in the dining room, because always had more to say about the food than just repeating what’s written on the menu. In praise of the chef, I have not had one disappointing fish course in 2 years. He knows how to balances the sweetness of raw scallops with the brine of olives by cutting them with just the right amount of acidity. He had a peach foam desert on the menu that was delicious that I wanted to lick the plate clean.

j
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply extraordinary! This tiny storefront on Main Street in charming Allentown, NJ, is the real deal. Inventive menu and great presentation are matched by preparation and most importantly flavor. Not your traditional Italian restaurant by any means, chef Randy Forrester coaxes out the best in his super fresh ingredients. The Anchovy Laquered Scallops were the best I’ve had in years. The trumpet mushrooms and fried garlic sang in unison with the scallops and anchovy sauce. The Local Duck prepared sous vide was perfectly cooked with a hint of hay smoke added during the sear. Also not to missed, the Tonnarelli pasta was so simple you could make it at home. But you won’t because it’s just so good here. My dessert, Olive Oil Semifreddo was ethereal. Chef Forrester’s wife and partner, our server this night, provided the backbone to the night with informed conversation, many smiles, hyper efficient service and consummate professionalism. This byob deserves to be on every serious foodies radar.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Though the menu was limited , we enjoyed our meals though I felt that my husband and I enjoyed our pastas more than our friend who had the duck. I was just surprised that we would have been charged $25 per person if we had cancelled our reservation. Thank goodness we didn’t have to. We plan on returning in the near future and we wish the owners success.

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Each theme menu ( sea or land ) invited the diner to choose a direction and to invite others to share. We were on a culinary journey with no bumps in the road. The quality of food was exceptional and the service was unsurpassed. All four of us experienced a memorable evening and look forward to coming back again soon..

DH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Unique flavor and food combinations made with loving care. Anchovy shellacked scallops were delicious!

m
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food was very good. Prices were outrageous!! Full course prices for appetizer-sized portions. This is Allentown NJ not Manahattan!!! Spend your money elsewhere.

c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service

TZ
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't say enough about Osteria. If you love good, quality, well prepared food that you're not going to find at restaurants everywhere, try Osteria. It's not just about the great food, it's about the experience!

MG
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and i’s favorite spot to go for a date!

KF
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing! Well cooked, well presented and very much enjoyed!!

HK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoughtful and delicious as always. This place is a gem and you should tell all your friends NOW!!!!

BR
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Innovative cuisine. Everything was fabulous. Homemade pastas, homemade bread. Both outstanding. Sharing works well so you can try lots.

JB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time at this wonderful gem. Josian was our waitstaff member again and did a great job explaining the tasting menu and choices. And, the chef/owner visited our table several times throughout the evening and we had wonderful conversations about his approach and the various regions of Italy. We will be back for our next special occasion. Thanks to all for another great experience!

LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Having first visited the place just before Valentine’s Day, we were excited to test it again on our anniversary. It at least lived up to the first time and probably exceeded it. The chef has a real talent for concocting flavor combinations that really bring out the best in each dish. The bigeye tuna, Denver steak, the pasta dishes and the semifreddo (with an incredibly delicious olive oil gelato) stood out in particular. This place is our new favorite NJ restaurant!

l
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to try the 5 course meal with all the unusual ingredients that make your mouth water.
This the scallop dish was fantastic. This is the quietest restaurant we have been too. Kudos to the chef.

EB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the second time we have been to Osteria Radici and we were equally happy with our meal. A 5 course tasting menu (two choices, Seafood or land) for 84.00 per person was perfect for date night. All the food was unique and just enough imaginative to be interesting but absolutely well balanced and flavorful. We hope to return again soon. We had a reservation for 7 on a Wednesday night and were 1 of three tables, but it was quiet by the time we left. It’s very very small, and only a few tables, but the food is worth it.

M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a meal as much as I did at Osteria Radici. It is a "set tasting menu" of either fish or meat but you are able to mix and match the 2 menus which is fabulous. Every dish was spectacular and I can't wait to go back.

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. The food was generally excellent although I found some dishes too salty. Excellent service. Would definitely recommend the restaurant especially to those who know food.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

AH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small intimate restaurant. Very attentive service. The waiter was well versed as to the menu and all ingredients. There is a choice between the tasting menu or regular entrees.

j
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

A terrible odor of wet basement or old vegetables met us walking in that became less noticeable after a few minutes but started our experience badly. We stuck it out on Mother’s day. There were some good parts: crusty bread, an elegant scallop crudo with capers and honey, and a tataki seared just right. But the pasta de Gallo with lamb and steak with mushrooms were criminally over salted. When mom mentioned this, the server simply said “oh” and then ignored our requests for water while we poured our own wine. This restaurant makes a big deal of its James Beard semi finalist chef. We could imagine a really good night when this might have happened but we had no such luck and will not go back

a
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This was a much anticipated dining experience that fell quite short. We did the tasting menu (you can choose from meat or seafood) and we chose the meat. I'll make this brief. The place is VERY small, they run it with 2 people total....one in the kitchen and one in the front of the house. Maybe it was an off night but I just don't have anything good to say. I judge a meal by saying "what did I eat that was memorable" or I can't wait to try again (or tell someone about) and there was nothing here. In fact there were 2 courses that were just not for me. Scratching my head at the love they are given from the James Beard Foundation.

BR
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almost an hour drive each way for us. Food was absolutely amazing and beautifully presented. Duck breast with Caracara orange sauce was so delicious. I flaws start to finish. If I had a wish it would be for wine glasses with stems and that they move closer to where I live. Go and enjoy, you won’t be disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food, service and coziness of this restaurant. Each dish was beautifully prepared and delicious. Excellent service. Nice that is BYOB.

TZ
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third time here and it's been better each time. The dishes are so original, you won't find them anywhere else. I love the fact that the menu rotates weekly. You also won't find better fresher ingredients. That, along with quaintness of having only six tables really makes it a special culinary experience. Can't wait to go back!

VG
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally, real Italian in NJ! I had an absolutely wonderful experience at Osteria Radici. The food was perfectly prepared and seasoned, and the service was attentive and helpful without being overbearing. Everything from the made-in-house bread with olive oil, to the crispy pork cheek, to the perfect cappuccino was like a trip back to Italy. This ranks up there with the best meals I've had. Can't wait to go back!

JK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a gem in the sleepy town of Robbinsville. We traveled from Philadelphia to try this James Beard nominee last Friday and it didn't disappoint. We ordered a la carte but would now go back for the pre fixe. The dishes were flavorful and cooked well. And many restaurants could make note of the service here - there when you need it but not hovering. This restaurant is worthy of the hype.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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EA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. If may cost a little more then other restaurants but you get what you pay for! Worth every penny. My wife and I enjoy quality meals and the meals were top notch. If you are afraid to pay for quality, find a nice chain to go to. We prefer locations like this with excellent quality and service. Also being a BYOB is a bonus!

VB
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner at Osteria Radici! Superb food in a quiet, unassuming setting in the little town in which my grandparents once lived. What a gem, and worth of the many accolades it has received! Especially loved the Sea Trout Crudo with caper honey, the Roasted Mushrooms in nduja vinaigrette, the Pressed Pork Cheese with salsa calabrese, and the Moulard Duck with hay smoked cabbage. Will definitely return!