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“Abbodante (def: from pseudo-Italian meaning mediocre)”
Review of Abbondante - CLOSED

Abbondante
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Route 35
Description: Abbondante’s menu is true to its name, offering generous portions of thoughtful Italian preparations. Fresh, homemade pasta is prepared daily for family favorite dishes like spaghetti and meatballs and ravioli with ricotta filling and more inventive dishes like tagliatelle with hazelnut brown butter, rabbit confit, spinach and chevre, and papperedelle with agro dolce pork, sausage and pickled chilis. Pizzas cooked in the wood-burning oven include classics, pizza margherita with tomato, basil, mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil, as well as the more imaginative, such as pizza salsiccia with sausage, pickled chilis, provolone and roasted peppers. The menu is rounded out with comfort specialties like eggplant and chicken parmesan, meatball heroes and lasagna.
Milford, New Jersey
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Abbodante (def: from pseudo-Italian meaning mediocre)”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

I was not surprised that Abbodante follows the current restaurant trend of covering tables with large sheets of butcher paper. Not a problem at all. My antenna should have gone up when our table was covered with an obviously previously used sheet. Grease stains, wrinkles from the elbows of earlier diners.

The two of us had a total of 3 drinks. Two salads. We shared their self-proclaimed "famous garlic monkey bread” - greasy. For our entrees, lasagna and chicken piccata. Including tip, we got out for about $120. Our experience can best be described by my wife’s remark: “That was a lot of money for a crappy meal.”

The lasagna: We get better at our local take-our pizza joints at home – but it was OK. The chicken piccata: At best, uninspired. I have never had chicken piccata with anything but breast cutlets. I got a small half of a breast (skin on) and a drumlet. Both were charred on the grill and served lukewarm. The flavor of the piccata sauce was marginal to start but then completely overwhelmed by the mis-prepared and inappropriate chicken pieces. The char on the chicken pieces dominated all other flavors. The side of linguine was dried at the edges from too much time in the warming station. The sauce reminded me of my mother’s sauce. This is not a complement. She heated up Hunt’s tomato sauce for spaghetti. No cheese offered for the entrees.

On the positive side, our server was attentive and welcoming (although I had to ask twice for a refill). The front desk seemed less than delighted to see us – they were obviously just doing it by the numbers.

Definitely not a return destination.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
“Romantic Dinner + Secret Bar”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

This place is a real gem! The dining experience is top notch - fantastic service meets exquisite food. We started with the Sautéed Calamari and Prosciutto Melon Salad, both of which were mouth watering. I ordered the Eggplant Parmesan with angel hair pasta, one incredible meal that left me full twice over! My boyfriend polished off his delicious Marsala Chicken & Linguini. Our server suggested two glasses of wine based on our normal preferences, and she was spot on!
What more could we ask for on a Friday night?

A SPEAKEASY. There is a secret candlelit bar below the restaurant with a great cocktail menu. I went with The Married Man, a mescal cayenne mix that hit the spot. Suspender wearing bartenders, framed blues vinyls and a DJ who sets the lounge mood awfully well.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank brittano64
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful summer dining”
Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

We recently stopped in for a summer evening meal. We were seated at the outside patio and our dining experience could not have been better. The service was friendly, welcoming and efficient. Our meals were delicious. The Eggplant Parmesan, Orecchiette with Sausage and Chicken Marsala were out if this world. Our dining experience was delightful in every way. If you are in the area make a point to visit Abbondante, you won't be disappointed you did.

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank Kyemm
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“A great diversion from seafood”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

We had just arrived back to New England from a week in Cabo and were enjoying a couple of days in Maine when my husband decided he wanted Italian food instead of the seafood we were enjoying for days on end. We walked by Abbondante while shopping, and it looked really cool, so we figured there was no way that they could fit us in for a prime time spot, but they were very nice and accommodating when we stopped in. The restaurant is nicely decorated and has little lanterns in the windows. It's romantic looking but there were a lot of families there.

They offer several types of homemade pasta, which was surprising, and we did have two types. Both were quite good. You MUST try the garlic monkey bread for a new take on the sweet classic. We loooooved it! The waitstaff was extremely nice and everything was clean and wonderful even though it was very busy.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank cpennnh
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County Durham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice find”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

We were recommended Abbondante's by our Elizabeth Rose B&B owners. They had eaten many times at the restaurant. Parking was easy. The restaurant was vibrant and busy. The food was very good and as a vegetarian I adored the fried zucchini and polenta and the range of options for mains. Everyone enjoyed the prosecco punch. Highly recommended.

  • Visited June 2014
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