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Trattoria Bel Paese

104 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ
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Ranked #16 of 61 restaurants in Cranford
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
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English first
Milltown, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

So, if you want a fresh and delicious Italian meal, this is the place. Small, intimate, lovely ambiance. PLUS consider taking one of Chef George's cooking classes right there in the restaurant. We took the Sauces class and learned so much while making 5 different Italian sauces. A real gem. Don't hesitate!!

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Union, New Jersey
Top Contributor
151 reviews 151 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Since my favorable Groupon experience here a few months ago, we've gone back once and just last week I ordered delivery for the first time. I wanted a real lunch and knew my favorite meal -- the Royale -- would hit the spot. From their lunch menu, I ordered the Chicken Royale (veal was $3 more and I was more... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The $10.00 take out deal not worth the money.. the soup was nasty and the dessert was equal to a tablespoon of dough.

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Westfield, New Jersey, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Tasty pasta dishes and good osso bucco. Service was excellent, with the waiter making frequent checks on our progress and needs. We'll go there soon again. The chef also offers cooking lessons.

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Union, New Jersey
Top Contributor
151 reviews 151 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We went here with a Groupon on a Friday night. When we got there at 5:45, we were the only people there. By 6:15, nearly every single table was full! It got very crowded and, once we had our food, we could see why. They were a bit pricey but worth it. They gave us delicious, fresh-baked bread to start... More

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South Plainfield, New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

My boyfriend and I went to Trattoria Bel Paese for an Italian Cooking class. It's a great option for a date or even a girls night out. George, the owner and instructor, is a blast! He gives good tips, lets you have a hands on experience and keeps you entertained at all times. The best part: you get to eat... More

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States
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150 reviews 150 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We tried this place out from recommendations of our friends. The title of this review is their exact words. They were right on. The food is quite good, and the service was exceptional. We wanted for nothing. They checked on us constantly, and the attention was much appreciated. But, they could use spending just a little to change up the... More

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Springfield, New Jersey, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

ENZO IS BACK!!!!!!! My family and I had been going for Trattoria Bel Paese for YEARS!! Probably since 2006! And have ALWAYS loved it! We have celebrated MANY birthdays and special occasions at this restaurant, but in the past year, the standard of service, portion sizes, and quality of food had sharply declined. We learned that during this past year... More

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Had dinner at this restaurant with my husband and mother last night. By looking at the outside of the restaurant, it would not stand out to you. But once you enter... it's OUTSTANDING. We were the first diners there (early 4:30pm) and we were helped my the hostess, Natalia. She explained the menu and mentioned all the items can also... More

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The restaurant couldn't be any simpler -- tables and chairs. Absolutely nothing fancy about it, and yet that was the charm. There was an honesty of food and service because there was no place for the staff or the owner to hide. If the food wasn't exactly right, or the service just a little bit off, the owner would be... More

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