At Matthew’s Italian Restaurant in Clifton, New Jersey, a sophisticated memorable dining experience awaits its guests. Renowned for both the high quality of its ingredient and authentic Italian cuisine, the restaurant has been a pillar of culinary excellence in northern New Jersey since it opened eight years ago. It is the combination of an extensive and inviting interior and superior service that has made Matthew’s one of the finest dining establishments in the state.
Owner Matthew Tyahla came from humble restaurant beginnings. He began in the food industry as a busboy in a local Italian restaurant at the age of 14. Diligently working his way through high school and college, Matthew spent a decade at various restaurants and with each job came the opportunity to learn more and more about the industry until he knew it both inside and out. After graduating from college, he was ready to immerse himself as an entrepreneur, but it wasn’t until he was 26 that he had saved enough to purchase his first restaurant – Café d’Amici on Bloomfield Avenue, in Clifton, an establishment he had worked at as a teenager. As the sole owner, Matthew was responsible for every aspect of the business, but the risk paid off. Through hard work, the restaurant’s cuisine and service allowed it to stand the test of time.
Upon entering Matthew’s, patrons are met with a bright and welcoming dining room with simple, yet refined décor. The restaurant provides the perfect setting for any dining occasion, whether entertaining business clients for lunch or enjoying a romantic dinner. An experienced and attentive wait staff is a hallmark of the restaurant, a commitment inspired by its owner.
The menu features a wide selection of Italian favorites prepared to perfection. Begin your meal with a delicious appetizer, such as Stuffed Artichokes with garlic butter, herbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano and breadcrumbs, or mushrooms stuffed with pancetta, peppers and onions. Those who prefer a salad often select the Seafood Salad; with shrimp, calamari, mussels and scungilli, it will satisfy every seafood lover. Matthew’s also offers numerous traditional Italian soups, a perfect way to warm up on a chilly evening.
The pasta dishes are exceptional and include classics such as Manicotti, Fettuccini Alfredo and Tortellini alla Panna, made with pancetta, peas and mushrooms in a cream sauce. Sunday brings the authentic, delicious Sunday Sauce, with slow simmered ribs, braciole, spicy sausage and meatballs served over fresh rigatoni with a side of ricotta and basil.
Matthew’s mouthwatering entrees offer something for everyone, whether you prefer fish, poultry or meat. Seafood offers from Stuffed Sole and Zuppa di Pesce to the restaurant’s famous Spaghetti Mala Femimina – a feast of lobster, clams and shrimp served in a delectable white wine sauce.
For those who prefer meat, Matthew’s Filet Mignon will rival the best of any steakhouse, but the menu also presents additional exceptional entrees including Veal Saltimbocca, New York Strip Steak and Veal Capricciosa, plus the daily specials provide other culinary offerings to delight the palate
You can be assured that each dish bursts with the freshness only obtained from the finest ingredients and that your meal will be defined by a flawless and elegant presentation. Matthew’s also features a full bar and extensive wine list, perfect for pairing with your meal.
Finish off your meal with one of Matthew’s scrumptious desserts, such as Italian-style Cheesecake or the Birthday Cake – a homemade chocolate torte layered with apricot and chocolate mousse topped with chocolate ganache, whipped cream and raspberry sauce.
Matthew’s also offers a lunch menu filled with specialty salads, Paninis and sandwiches. Plan your next business gathering or private event at Matthew’s, with business menus for on and off-premise breakfast, or lunch. Event menus include brunch and dinner options, with custom menus available.
Matthew’s Italian Restaurant, located at 1131 Bloomfield Avenue in Clifton, NJ and is open seven days a week from 11:30 am until 10:00 pm. For more information, call 973-928-4300 and be sure to visit their website at www.matthewsitalian.com to read more about Matthew’s story and to see the restaurant’s amazing menu.