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“Best Italian food in the area”
Review of Cafe Graziella

Cafe Graziella
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Ranked #6 of 78 Restaurants in Hillsborough
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hamilton Rd
Reviewed January 19, 2012

We have been going to Cafe Graziella for years and have never gotten a bad meal. This is not a "pizza place" that serves Italian food (that's next door). This is a nice restaurant with a good atmosphere--linen tablecloths and napkins, mood lighting, Italian music playing. Good place for a romantic dinner or a meal with friends. BYOB.

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Reviewed January 8, 2012

We have eaten at Café Graziella a good number of times over the last few years and it seems about 50% of the time something happens that tarnishes the experience. On one visit we waited nearly an hour for a table despite having called beforehand and being told that they could seat us immediately. On another we mistakenly presented a 20% discount coupon that expired the previous week and they refused to accept it without a major argument despite the fact that there is a coupon every week and we had just inadvertently bought the wrong one with us. Most recently we made a reservation for eight people a week in advance, specifically requesting a round table which we were told was no problem. When we arrived they told us they had no record of our reservation but could seat us at an oblong table in a connecting room behind the pizza parlor next door. As it was Saturday night and we had nowhere else to go we accepted but the room was utterly devoid of charm, even sporting a wide screen TV on the wall! Compounding the lack of atmosphere we were the only party in the room so the evening was basically ruined because somebody failed to properly record our reservation. I wouldn’t agree with other reviewers and say that service is “rude”. It is efficient but definitely not friendly most of the time. All this said the food is almost always good, certainly above average and clearly it keeps us coming back despite the various disappointments mentioned above. The menu is pretty typical “New Jersey Italian” although there are usually some interesting specials and the chef will prepare other off-menu items by request providing the ingredients are available. The dishes are flavorful and nicely presented and the portions are generous. The pasta is excellent, obviously homemade and always cooked perfectly al dente. Café Graziella is situated in a fairly nondescript strip mall but once inside you forget that as the ambiance (in the main restaurant) is very inviting, warm and comfortable with the lighting “just right” for an intimate dinner if that is your purpose but not so dim that you need to strain to read the menu. The prices are pretty typical for similar eateries in the area although the specials can be expensive on occasion so it pays to ask the price before you order. Overall I would recommend giving this restaurant a try but it could be so much better if the staff were more cheerful and the reservation process worked properly. If you are planning to eat there for any kind of special occasion I would definitely call the day before to reconfirm that they have your reservation properly noted.

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Reviewed December 31, 2011

The place is pretty big, with a large back room. I like that you can buy your wine right next door and bring it in saving a bundle. The food is average Italian, not bad, but no revelation either. I made the mistake of ordering a "special",- was not better than the rest of what we had but was 10 dollars more,- for no good reason. Unfortunately, number of restaurants are doing this - serving specials where the only thing special is the price, - a sign of the times, as they are trying to meet ends. Here it was so outrageous, it ticked me off.

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Reviewed November 8, 2011

My husband and I went to cafe Graziella last weekend. The food was mediocre at best - everything was tasteless. The specials were overpriced for what they were. Our waiter was rude to the point of being surly. What a disappointment.

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3  Thank loyalredsoxfan
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

We've eaten here a dozen times since we moved into the area. Its a small italian restaurant in a strip mall, but don't let looks fool you, inside it is a warm, romantic atmosphere. The chairs are a bit like lawn furniture, but other then that I give it a great review. Food is inexpensive, and there is a lot to choose from. Portions are large (we always have doggie bags) and the service is great. Its once of the nicest places in Hillsborough, so be prepared for a long wait on a Friday or Saturday night.

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