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Jersey Spin - October, 2007

Inside This Edition: New Jersey Food - Jersey Shadow Review: The Risotto House in Rutherford, NJ and Gastronomia Divina Ristorante in Caldwell, NJ


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The Risotto House - There is nothing more satisfying than to find another great place to dine in Jersey.  The Risotto House in the diverse town of Rutherford, NJ delivered a first rate experience on my recent visit.  The town itself is typical North Jersey, near the Meadowlands and a stones throw from New York.  Along Park Avenue in this very cool town are shops and numerous restaurants. 
If I were to drive through town looking for a place to eat, I might very well have opted for another establishment as the facade of The Risotto House is understated and not easily spotted unless one is looking for it, and I was.  On a suggestion from a friend, I heard that this place was not only good but outstanding.  I arrived to a nearly full dining room on a weeknight which was a very good sign.  The place was warm, comfortable and loaded with regulars ... also a very good sign.  Things were good so far, but as many who have read my reviews before know that can change.

The stage was set for a memorable meal, and of course it would include risotto, with many to choose from at that.  I decided on the Risotto Con Cime Dirape E Salsiccia.  Cool name for broccoli rabe and sausage risotto which until that day I had never tasted before, and I can assure you I will taste again.  The baby greens, asparagus and roasted peppers salad that I started my meal with was in a word ... awesome, perfectly dressed and presented.  I've never seen roasted peppers that looked and tasted so good.  They may well have been roasted right there in the kitchen.  All of the food was of very high quality, plentiful and expertly priced.
It's abundantly clear from the gracious, professional staff that this wonderful restaurant appreciates your stopping by and goes out of their way on all fronts to ensure you return and perhaps even become one of their numerous treasured regulars.- Jersey Shadow -
The Risotto House
88 Park Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Phone: 201-438-5344


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Gastronomia Divina Ristorante - On a whim I decided to check out Bloomfield Avenue in Essex County for a new place to try and stumbled upon Divina Ristorante.  The place wasn't very big but people were arriving so it seemed to have a loyal following.  Opening the menu I was surprised to not see veal on the menu... perhaps it was there, but once I saw the prices for the chicken dishes, I decided to limit my selection as my budget for dinner tonight was $50.00 for two. 
Wanting to stay on budget for the evening, salads and desserts were skipped and I just made it at $49 and change so as I'm sure you can tell, it didn't represent an exceptional value.  To me, $18.95 for chicken with sundried tomatoes, artichokes and mushrooms seems overly pricey but that's for you to decide.  $17.95 for Manicotti also on the pricey side for me.
My chicken was good but it seemed to me that it should be tasty and better than good for that price but is was nothing special... at least to me.  On the other hand my guest raved (best ever) about the Manicotti especially the taste and quality of the home made pasta.  It's a bit of a mystery to me why the prices were so high for this area, but what was evident were all the diners who looked quite happy, relaxed and satisfied. - Jersey Shadow -
Gastronomia Divina Ristorante
461 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: 973-228-5228

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