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Vicolo Ristorante

78 reviews
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$30 and under
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Patrons of Vicolo Ristorante can expect upscale dishes highlighting the finest of Italian cuisine. Chilean sea bass, homemade ravioli and osso bucco are just a few of the customer favorites. Be sure to save room for dessert, however, because the dining experience won't be complete without tiramisu, Qosja said. The Italian dessert, which translates to "pick me up," does exactly that. "The tiramisu is to die for," he said. "So many people come in and say it's the best tiramisu they've ever had." The fully-staffed, 80-seat restaurant is a popular destination for businessmen and women during lunch hour, and attracts families during dinner hour. Visitors will find a menu stocked with an assortment of appetizers, entrees and side dishes with a variety of flavors, tones and textures, prepared by Chef Benito, and enjoyed in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. "Customers can count on affordable, excellent food and great service," said Qosja.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation

Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(201) 497-8777
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Benito
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Happy Hour
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

Place was very nice and service was attentive. Food was good and the portions was good. Great place for a nice Italian dinner.

GJRN (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 3, 2017

Five of us got together for a birthday celebrationon a week night. We made our reservations on Open Table for 7:00 pm but when we walked in, I got the feeling it was a bit of a surprise to the staff. We had to wait for them to put tables together and set up to accommodate us as though we were walk-ins. We waited an inordinate amount of time for our food to come to the table after we ordered (about an hour). At least bring the salads out guys to hold us over and let us think the food is somewhere in sight. We were so famished we went through 2 baskets of bread. Now, in Vicolo's defense, it was a Thursday evening which is a buy one entree, get one free. So it was quite busy. However, this generous deal has been offered Mon-Thurs for years, so I would think they'd have their timing down pat on a busy night, whether its BOGO or not. I would imagine it was as busy as a Saturday night. Anyway, despite the tortuous wait time, the food was fabulous. I ordered the Branzino special which was absolutely delicious. One of us ordered the ravioli and raved how good it was. So I"m torn - great food vs. terrible service. We had to call the server and eventually the owner, when the server was unavailable to move the dinner process along. Can we order dessert now? Can we have the delicious flavored grappa that is offered complimentary? Can we have the check? I got the impression when Benny, the owner saw our frustration, he realized I had put a note on the Open Table notes that we were celebrating a birthday, so he brought over a sample assortment of desserts with a candle. Good save, Benny! The desserts were delicious. It would have been nice if coffee was offered at that time. I will definitely give Vicolo another chance but improving the service would have made the evening perfect.

Naneki (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

This was our first visit to this small yet wonderful restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious no matter what was chosen. AND FURTHERMORE we had a fun filled night singing along with Friday Night entertainer Neil. The wine list is extensive; and they even have their own bottled Vicolo wines which were surprisingly good. We loved the home made desserts and after dinner drinks too. I highly recommend this place to all. Like mom always said: "Always look in your own back yard". Yummy. I already made my next reservation for 6 of us. Enjoy!

BenQ (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

Excellent food great service.i love the wild mushroom ravioli

2.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was good.
Waiter never came back to see if everything was ok.
He only took our order, then disappeared.
Two other people brought our appetizers and main course. Neither came back either to check on us.
Meals were good, but felt they were overpriced.
Would not go back.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 5, 2017

Food portion was very generous. Didn't expect much but the taste was pretty good. The clam linguine was a little salty for us but our lobster tail with lamb was excellent.

Lisa (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

The place was ok. Service average. Didn't like the live music. Wouldn't go running back. Just average.

vipTappanTraveler (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 10, 2017

Always a satisfying stop. Had not been there for dinner in a while. This visit was encouraged by a Groupon coupon. Service excellent without hovering. Food excellent especially specials. Portions more than adequate. One suggestion: when taking leftovers, have the bus staff remove the plates from the table instead of unceremoniously sliding them off the plate at the table into tin foil containers.

BenQ (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 23, 2017

Excellent food excellent service great entertainment I had a vel chop was amazing my wife she love her fish Dessertt I had tiramisu was one of the best I ever had

vipBren (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

Dined here with friends for the first time. Seated us promptly. Shared a stuffed clams appetizer which was very tasty. Our entrees ranged from swordfish, chicken, steak and pasta. Everyone was pleased with their selections. The food was fresh and presented well, accompanied by a house salad. We shared a tartufo, cannoli, and tiramisu for dessert. The owner gave us complimentary after dinner drinks. A nice way to end our dinner.

Nicky (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on April 16, 2017

Food was very bland, not as described on menu, ordered chicken w/ asparagus dish. One asparagus chopped on top of chicken ( Chicken crust or breading was mushy)Short ribs came out like stew. Others ordered shrimp over linguini both came out with mashed potatoes and plain string beans. Would not go back. Decor definitely needs updating. I have never given a review before. This was very disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

My experience at Vicolo was excellent. Food was delicious. Atmosphere was really nice. The service was very attentive and the time in between courses was just right. The staff in general was really friendly. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

BobImbo (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 29, 2017

We've been here twice now, and have greatly enjoyed the experience and the good.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 20, 2017

All six of us enjoyed our meal beginning with the delicious bread with pesto, fresh salad, entree and the service was very accomodating.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 18, 2017

3 out of 4 of us ordered fish dishes which they were all very good. The other ordered steak which was so well done he could not eat it. They were very good in offering something else to makeup for the confusion though. I would recommend this restaurant to others.

viptimeflies1 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 24, 2017

We generally like this restaurant. It's a cut above the typical NJ neighborhood eatery. We asked for some minor changes to the dishes ordered and they were very willing to oblige. Big brownie points for that. Burata to start (no prosciutto please). Fresh and creamy with balsamic vinegar reduction. Wife had seafood medley (no tilapia please) & spinach replaced request for no linguini. I had a veal chop which was prepared as requested. Shared an oreo cheesecake for dessert which was light & heavenly. Complimentary after dinner drinks was a nice touch. Thanks Vicolo for a lovely dinner. Too bad you're not close to where we live otherwise we'd be there regularly.

vipbobsbabe13 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 23, 2017

Love the buy-one-get-one special Monday - Thursday. Full-size regular & special menu items - you can't go wrong!
Restaurant tends to get very loud (you should be ok if you get a table upfront)
Try & go on a night they're not too busy - some staff tend to prefer it that way, too.

rbwriter (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2017

wonderful hidden gem.. great meal delicious food, great service. will be back again.

vipPhyllis (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

We found Vicolo through coupons and were pleasantly surprised !
The restaurant is a " mall" location and isn't that well deceptive but that does not lower our opinion that this is a really great find for comfort food in a well managed dining experience.
The service was excellent from the welcoming at the door to the person who takes your plates away!
The second time we went they had a singer who made the meal "fun" !
He sang many different types of music .. some ok .. but more importantly he had fun , sang well and was engaging and by the time our meal was over we were singing Neil Diamonds Sweet Caroline at the top of our lungs.
Give it a try and if your looking to " let your hair down" go on Friday night and sing along too.
Oh... they do have gluten free past and my wife REALLY enjoyed her pasta with eggplant, sausage , ricotta !!!!

BudH (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

Friendly, great food. No rush