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“We are regulars - try to eat here once a week!”
Review of Due Amici

Due Amici
Ranked #25 of 98 Restaurants in West Orange
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
West Orange, New Jersey
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“We are regulars - try to eat here once a week!”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

This is my family's go-to restaurant. It is perfect in that it is byo, has very tasty, well-prepared food, and - most important - is owned by extremely nice and very hard-working people! We feel at home when we eat here. Our kids' regular dishes are known before we order, they are always pleasantly happy to alter dishes to accommodate our dieting needs (less sauce, no breading, subbing veggies for pasta or potato...). I can't say that they make THE most delicious Italian food I've ever eaten, but the food they make is fresh, well-prepared and very tasty! I debated giving 5 stars, and in a way would like to since I truly love eating here. However, since very expensive, over-the-top Italian restaurants exist in NYC and elsewhere in NJ, I feel it is more honest to leave off a star.

Don't come here expecting a beautiful establishment with expensive ambiance. This is a nice, clean, simple, family business that cooks from the heart and provides a warm and inviting meal.

We hosted our family's Shabbat dinner here the night before our daughter's Bat Mitzvah this past June. The food was terrific, the private area we used, separated from the small public area by a wall, was perfect for cousins, uncles and grandparents.

My only concern about this place is that often when we go, the restaurant is not very full. I worry that they may struggle in this economy and wish more people would eat there more often. This is why we go weekly - I want to do our part to help keep this gem of a family business open for as long as the owners enjoy running it!

Give it a try - you won't be sorry. (My usual dish is the Chicken Cardinale - a perfectly cooked, beautifully tart dish with just the right amount of capers and artichoke hearts. I just love it and it is difficult to force myself to try one of the specials occasionally just to keep from being too old and boring!)

  • Visited January 2013
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English first
West Orange, NJ
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131 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Quiet Place”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

If you want to have a nice night out with good food, at fair prices, this place might be one to try. It is very quiet and small, but the food is consistently good.

Visited August 2012
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“Great little Italian bob”
Reviewed January 7, 2012

Small gem of a restaurant. Byow means a good meal a reasonable price. Two entrees and an appetizer for under $50.

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West Orange, New Jersey
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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“Wonderful italian BYOB”
Reviewed March 31, 2011

This is one of the best Italian restaurants I've been to. They have a very large menu which is supplemented with daily specials (and a pasta night deal a couple days of the week too). They have several different veal entres, all of which are outstanding. We've had several of the appetizers which are also good. Portions are very large; you won't leave hungry. Prices are pretty reasonable: ~$15 for pasta entres up to about $25 for fish/chicken/meat dishes.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice Italian theme inside--pictures, music, etc. Not much in the way of a view--just a window overlooking the road outside. There is a liquor store within walking distance which is convenient since it's a BYOB. There's a couple of dining rooms, so you usually get enough space from other patrons.

Service is very friendly, usually attentive (occassionally a little slow if they're busy).

  • Visited March 2011
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