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“A gem of a restaurant -- you'll enjoy it.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bottagra

Bottagra
80 wagaraw road, Hawthorne, NJ 07506
9734234433
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Ranked #3 of 47 Restaurants in Hawthorne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Lafayette
Description: Bottagra brings a Modern Mediterranean flare to a traditional Italian restaurant in North Jersey.Chef-Owner Carlo Carbonaro and Robert Vicari have fused their extensive restaurant and culinary expertise together, offering a variety of dishes originating from the northern and southern regions of Italy. The dining rooms are classic New York City exuding a unique feel reminiscent of modern Tuscan villas. Mosaic tiles adorn the walls; rich exquisite draperies in deep bronzes, golds and chocolate colors compliment the upscale feel to this new chic spot. Bottagra's menu features wonderful fresh and flavorful specials as well as a full bar and an extensive wine list. Experience Bottagra!
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A gem of a restaurant -- you'll enjoy it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014 via mobile

I met a dozen of my neighbors for a ladies night out and was so impressed with this restaurant. It was my first time there. We had an amazing evening this hidden gem -- the place reminds me of a mountain retreat -- rustic but elegant. The menu is creative and delicious. The service is complete, prompt and friendly -- from the valet parking to the coat check to the table. You'll enjoy it.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fair Lawn NJ
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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Somewhat Disappointed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Had dinner here on a stormy Saturday evening. We had an early reservation for 6:30 p.m. Food was delicious, no complaint here. Server was attentive in the beginning, but then he appeared to get lost. We waited quite some time after finishing dinner for dessert to be offered. They really need a good pastry chef because dessert offerings are slim pickings. Nothing at all enticed two diners in our party. And then we waited, and waited, and waited. No one ever returned to offer a refill of coffee and we still waited, and waited to get someone's attention to get our check. Really, a relaxed dinner is appreciated, but we never got out of there until 9 p.m.! The worst part of the evening is the acoustics. The place became "packed" within minutes of our being seated. They also have a huge bar crowd. By the time we were served we could not have a conversation. Most diners were actually yelling across their tables to talk to the members in their party. THEY MUST DO SOMETHING WITH THE ACOUSTICS AND DECOR TO REDUCE THE SOUND. I do not plan on returning on a weekend. Maybe I'll try it during the week, hoping it won't be so crowded!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bayville, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Sooo Good!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We just celebrated our 50th class reunion at Bottagra, on Sunday October 6th & I must admit not only was the food exceptional, the service was also outstanding. Everyone had a wonderful time, thanks to Robert & his staff.
I hope to see you again soon.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

We had dinner at Bottagra last night, food was mediocre and the wait for courses to be served was horrible. Irregardless of a very courteous dining room staff we were seated for a 6:30 dinner reservation and at 8:30 we still did not have our main course. The items that were pan fried tasted like the cooking oil used was old...was the breaded veal Milanese so dark as a result? The cannoli shells also had an off taste....stale? Or poor quality oil used? Doubtful we will return.

Visited September 2013
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North Haledon, New Jersey
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36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Wonderful evening!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

We had another outstanding dinner. THE BEST! Kudos to the chef. From the salad to dessert, everything was very tasteful and enjoyable. Danny is a great maitre 'd....be sure to ask for him when you go. He is knowledgable and very, very friendly and entertaining. Looking forward to our next visit there. Oh, be sure to try the apple crisp. It comes in its own skillet!

Visited September 2013
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