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“It's a Keeper!!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tanti Baci Caffe

Tanti Baci Caffe
2 White Deer Plz, Sparta, NJ 07871-1813
973-726-9399
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Ranked #17 of 44 Restaurants in Sparta
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Bradenton, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“It's a Keeper!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

This was a very good dining experience and only a few things kept it from being excellent. First they have done a very good job decorating making for a nice warm atmosphere. Several tables are next to the windows. Its a small place with only about 15 tables but it gets pretty loud. A precious reviewer said the pace was "dirty" and I would agree that it could use a real detailing as the baseboards, moldings and window sills were pretty dusty.
The bread was nothing special but they serve it with oil so it passes. There is no bar, it's BYOB, but they do sell wine by the bottle from a local winery. The menu was very extensive which surprised me for such a small restaurant.
We ordered fried calamari which was excellent. I has the short ribs ravioli which was very good - not excellent only because a few of them were a little to aldante for me. My wife had the Osso Buco that she said was the best she ever had.
There are not that many good restaurants here with out driving some distance. Glad we discivered this one.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lafayette NJ
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Dirty”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Went there for lunch today....the place is dirty..the baseboard heat was dirty with grease....food under table from the night before.....wine foil under both tables with food too....the food was only ok...wish we went to Krough instead.....or any other walking distant restaurant.....will no go again.....the dirtiness was the worst.....so who knows what the kitchen looks like

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Andover, New Jersey
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61 reviews 61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Where were all the customers?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Along with another couple we dined at Tanti Baci in Sparta on a lovely Saturday evening in early May. It was a return visit for two of us, and the first time for our friends, who were pleased with our selection. That it is a BYO is always a plus. We had made reservations earlier that day, happy to have been able to get them for 7pm when other places we had tried were booked. It was a shame that for a Saturday night, there were so few tables filled. The food is quite good, the service was adequately attentive, and the ambiance is pleasant, so it's puzzling as to why there weren't more customers. Each of us in our party of four enjoyed our individual meal selections - a salmon special, risotto with seafood, hangar steak, and pasta Bolognese. I can only hope this particular night was an aberration, and that their business is usually bustling.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Good food, friendly service, nicer than its front facade.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

The quality exceeds the appearance. From the outside it appears to be a nondescript italian restaurant. The inside is larger than I expected. The personable staff provided good service.
The pesto sauce on pasta was very good. The salmon was excellent.
Wine is BYOB.
The uniquely decorated bathroom (ala Jackson Pollock) was a creative suprise.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, excellent meal.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

We eat here often and find it very, very good. It's also consistent. The staff and owner make everyone feel welcome, and go out of their way to make the experience memorable. We took neighbors tonight. They had never been there and we're very pleased. BYO, and conveniently located right next door to a package store. perfect. The food is as good as The Mohawk House but 30% less expensive.

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