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“Going Downhill. Expensive for the Portion and Quality.”

Enzo's La Piccola Cucina
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: "Still Field to Table 3 Decades Later"Welcome to Enzo's La Piccola Cucina" (the little Kitchen) Enjoy our specialties - Northern and Southern Italian cooking, traditional Homemade Pastas, Veal, Chicken, Fresh Seafood, Steaks ,Chops, The Family at Enzo's takes much pride in the freshness and originality of our food. Vegetarian/ Vegan/ Gluten Free Available. For that reason we would like you to relax and enjoy our cozy atmosphere as we prepare each of your dinners to order with the freshest seasonal and locally grown ingredients available. Hidden away in the south end of Lawrenceville, NJ Monthly readers voted Enzo's "The Best Undiscovered Restaurant in Central NJ" - We are one of Mercer Counties best kept Italian restaurant secrets! The accolades speak for themselves!"Someone was in the Kitchen with Mama and captured the Bright Flavors of Italy" ---NY Times Buon Appetito
Reviewed April 7, 2013

I've been going to Enzo's for years, as my grandmother lives within walking distance. Whenever I visit her and NJ, we usually go to Enzo's since it's so close by. We went recently and my meal was inedible. It was simple: penne with pesto and grilled shrimp. The pesto was unbelievably watery (it was like pesto broth in my bowl) and didn't cling to the pasta and it was extremely salty (and I enjoy salt). For $20-something bucks, it was a real rip-off. When I mentioned to a waiter about the pesto being salty, he said yes, that's our pesto. Even though I only ate a few bites, they didn't take it off of the bill. My fiance's dish, also pesto, was a big thicker, but still salty. As an appetizer, the fried calamari wasn't crispy; it was mealy and undercooked. Others enjoyed their food, but for the prices, the quality is pretty lackluster.

It is BYOB and they offer a discount for cash. My cannoli was pretty good, too. If my grandmother wasn't so close, I most definitely wouldn't go back after the last experience.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

In the neighborhood and a regular I love to order from them and never found a bad meal and everytime filling....Great Place.

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Been going here for some time..byob...awesome food...the scallops,artichokes with gorgonzola appetizer is to die for!!!
so many choices on the menu! true italian food!!!

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Food and service excellent. The button bread is a treat! Although the dining area is small and can get a bit noisy. Will return.

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Thank jerseypeople6
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Enzo's is arguably the best Italian restaurant in the area. It offers the authentic Italian fare, the closest approximation of the real Italian food, and not the faceless NJ variety of the same dull, boring, tasteless menu items that keep migrating from one pseudo Italian restaurant to the other. We would say that even the more luxurious (and much more expensive) Spigola loses in competition to Enzo's.
It is a small restaurant, featuring about 6 or 7 tables, reminiscent of the old high-quality Italian trattorias, using centuries-old recipes that were handed down from previous generations. The entire setting emanates the charm of the Italian home-made meal. The owner takes time to approach every table, and most of the diners looked like regulars to us.
The service is efficient, quick and polite. Enzo's is a BYOB, which would make one's dining experience much more budget-friendly.
From our observation it was clear that the restaurant fills up rather quickly, so having secured your reservation is a must.
A quick tip. The entrees come with a choice of a soup or salad; Enzo's superbly-tasting bread with olive oil served on a rustic-looking cutting board just adds to the overall amount of food. We ordered appetizers (being unaware of the soup/salad option), main courses, and desserts. That was too much food. So, our advice would be to skip either appetizers or desserts, unless you are planning on boxing your food.
The small bowl of Minestrone was one of the best we ever had, its pieces of pasta were still 'al dente', a rarity indeed. The house salad was quite picturesque, fresh and very decent tasting. Our appetizers included a casserole of baked scallops and artichokes with Gorgonzola cheese. Delicious! We just came back from Italy, and this dish could be proudly a part of the menu of any high-quality Italian restaurant. The other appetizer was fried calamari served with a hot tomato sauce; it was very good too, especially the home-made hot sauce. For the main courses we opted for a duck Italian style with sweet mashed potatoes. The portion size was gigantic, the preparation was good. We would recommend though a second main course we had, a grilled chicken breast with grilled Italian peppers that came with a small plate of pasta. The chicken breast with peppers was absolutely mouth-watering.
Enzo's also offers a wide variety of desserts, we went with two different Tartufos, one was the conventional chocolaty and the other was made of a white chocolate. We would recommend one tries them both.
Our bill came up to $100 (after applying a $10 voucher). Enzo's offers good discount vouchers available on www.restaurant.com. If you pay in cash, your bill is going to be reduced by 5%. Our only complain, noted by other reviewers, is that your bill doesn't come itemized, thus making it challenging to figure out whether your vouchers were applied or gratuity added. Undoubtedly, this practice has to be fixed.
All and all, Enzo's comes highly recommended. We will stop by again in the near future.

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