The lovely town of Nutley in Essex County, New Jersey, has long been the home town to Italian and Italian Americans. With 36% of residents of Italian heritage, it has the 12th highest percentage of any municipality in the United States. On any given day, the aroma of fresh bread and simmering sauces fill the air. Nutley is the home of many fantastic cooks and their recipes have been handed down through the generations. Perhaps that is why the town is blessed with more excellent Italian restaurants than anyone could imagine.
Ralph’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant, located at 564 Franklin Avenue has been a Nutley landmark since 1961. It began with award-winning pizza, but over the decades, the restaurant’s outstanding menu has grown to include both traditional and highly-innovative Italian cuisine. Using the freshest ingredients and with truly remarkable attention to detail, every course is beautifully prepared and you can be assured that every meal will be savored to the last delicious bite.
Luna Wood Fire Tavern, located at 223 N. Franklin Avenue, is family owned and has both its restaurant and bar serving the finest in home-style Italian meals, as well as a wide variety of cocktails and spirits. The restaurant makes its own mozzarella on premises and with their wood-fired oven, you get a true taste of Naples in every one of their pizzas.
Mamma Vittoria is located at 160 Franklin Avenue. It is a renowned catering venue, offering an exceptional menu and superb service in its party and banquet rooms. Mamma Vittoria offers fine dining with a fixed price menu every Friday evening, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Since the menu selections change frequently, patrons often plan their Friday evenings around a dinner at Mamma Vittoria, so make sure to make reservations.
Michael’s Pastaria is family-owned and is located at 143 Franklin Avenue. The setting is casual and warm, with a relaxing atmosphere; but the ambiance is only the beginning. Specializing in homemade pasta, seafood and veal, the recipes are authentic and expertly prepared in the old-world-style. In addition, their ‘Thinny Thin’ pizza is famous throughout the area. It is so unique that patrons living hours away return as a pilgrimage.