My wife and I were staying at a nearby hotel and heard about Palermo's as a great value. We arrived late and were going to just order and take our food back to the hotel but the owner (Julio), his son and our server (Melissa) would not hear of it. They said that people came in late quite often and that we were welcome to sit and enjoy our meal.We had brought our own wine so we sat down and asked what was available at that late hour and we were told whatever we wanted would be prepared fresh for us. The owner asked me if I liked pork chops and I do so he suggested the pork with potatoes smothered in peppers and onions (he had cooked the same meal for himself earlier). My wife wanted seafood and the shrimp with sauce over linguine was suggested. As an appetizer we ordered one of their small tomato pies.I don't think that it would have mattered what we ordered as it was all fantastic. The salads with bread and garlic knots (freshly hand made that afternoon) were outstanding. After enjoying the food and the unbelievably great hospitality/ atmosphere at the original Palermo's (the owner told us that he has three different locations), it is difficult for me to understand why Palermo's was not ranked as the #1 Italian and possibly the #1 restaurant in Bordentown. I can honestly and easily say that we not only recommend this location but plan to come back to try some of the many other menu offerings. It was easy to tell why their "tomato Pie" was awarded the title of "Best Tomato Pie" in the NY/NJ area. The rest of our meal would rank just as high in competition. The next time that we come to Palermo's, it will be earlier in the day so as to allow a few hours to enjoy the many menu options. We intend to order some of the garlic knots and have them shipped to North Carolina to share with our friends. As far as quality of food, we rate this a 12 on a 10 point scale. With respect to price and value, it rates a 9 or 10 on the 10 point scale. (Being able to bring in our own wine was very nice)
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