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“On the better side but definitely not tilting to great.”
Review of Novita

Novita
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Ranked #13 of 61 Restaurants in Metuchen
Price range: $9 - $32
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pearl Street
Description: What does "Novita" mean? "Novita" means "something new" in Italian. When her sons got into trouble growing up, Mrs. Badalamenti would be waiting, wooden spoon in hand and say "ma che cosa e, Novita?" Today, Novita has a new meaning for the Badalamenti family, "Italian with a twist". 25 miles from NYC & in Middlesex county, NJ.
New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“On the better side but definitely not tilting to great.”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

The wine selection was really mediocre, the beers okay, but not a great selection or great in and of themselves. The food was good, solid, but nothing imaginative nor prepared in an overly special way. The ambiance was nice and the wait staff very attentive, if somewhat familiar.

Visited September 2013
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English first
Staten Island, New York
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“a wine nerd's delight”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We patronize novita to enjoy their wine themed dinners. We have been to several events so far. Last night we attended the guarachi dinner. This was the best so far. Very informative presenter commented on the history of the winery. New chef is very talented. Scalop appetizer was a masterpiece. Attendees have the opportunity to purchase wine to be kept in restaurant winecellar for enjoyment on your next visit. I encourage nearby oenophiles to support the wine program at novita. Thanks to owner/executive chef, Charlie, for your efforts in offering this innovative concept.

  • Visited March 2013
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Metuchen, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Yummy food!”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

This place has very good drinks and a great wine selection. The bartenders will guide you to a good drink, if you are unsure of what to order. The pizza and fresh ricotta appetizer are so tasty.

Visited December 2012
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Edison, NJ United States
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“BEAUTIFUL PLACE BUT A TRUE DISSAPOINTMENT”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

The atmosphere was gorgeous. The jazz was great but too loud for my party who just wanted to enjoy a nice dinner in the dining room area. They could use a wall to separate it from the lounge. The food was less than impressive and the service was so slow. We didnt even get our cocktails until we were half way through our salads. And the place was stifling with heat. That being said however; I would return to the lounge area to enjoy some jazz and good drinks. They can keep their food.

  • Visited September 2012
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Edison, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
196 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Great service but the food was only average”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

Novita offers northern italian cuisine but with a limited menu selection they are missing the mark. The wait staff was outstanding and the entertainment was also good. The piano player played standards as well as some other pieces. Kudos for interpreting Led Zeppelin on piano very nice.

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