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Poll: Which is the Best Italian Restaurant in Town?

Is it even possible to choose? The best pasta? The best sauce?

For some people it's the smell of the fresh-baked Italian bread, the tang of the freshly-grated parmesan cheese, for others it's the perfect al-dente pasta with just enough savory tomato sauce on top.

Northern New Jersey is nearly synonymous with Italian food and the "abondanza" we have makes us spoiled.

We love our bolognese with tender meat, our pesto with fresh basil and just the right amount of garlic, and our parmigiana sandwiches to be served with the mozzarella cheese still bubbling on top.

So it's a tall order to pick the very best Italian food in town. But that's what we're asking you - our Patch readers - to do.

Starting this week, we want to know your "Patch Favorites." We want you to vote for your favorite local business, this week for your favorite Italian restaurant. So here's what you need to do:

  • Cast your ballot.
  • Tell your friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers, doctors, letter carriers and anyone else you know to do the same.
  • Use our comment tool to tell us what makes your favorite the best. Is the secret in the sauce, is it the crumbled sausage instead of the sliced, is it the friendly service?

The voting takes place starting 6 a.m. Monday until 9 a.m. Friday and the story will stay on the home page all week to give you time to vote. The winner will be announced at noon Friday. Ties will be broken by whichever business has the most positive comments below, and reviews on Patch Places. 

The winner will be announced just in time for that week-ending dinner order — and bragging rights!

This is democracy in its truest form. Your vote counts, so thanks in advance for doing your duty and voting your culinary conscience! See you Friday!

Editors Note: Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Regional Editor Liz Moore, based on poll results and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

P_R_PC February 27, 2012 at 01:45 PM
You forgot one....Cafe Luna. Hands down, best and most authentic italian in Millburn.
Laura Griffin February 27, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Thanks for the catch. Lots of Italian for one small town, eh? We are adding it to the list.
P_R_PC February 27, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Good point - future restauranteurs take notice. How about a fish place, or maybe something "new american" - Thanks!
CC;-) March 01, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Cafe Luna. After me. But I'm not on the list ;-)
LDSF March 01, 2012 at 01:55 AM
There are couple hard choices there. Like the poll!
Rex11 March 01, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Basilco is HANDS DOWN the better Italian Restaurant. Not even close.
Rex11 March 01, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Basilico is HANDS DOWN the best Italian Restaurant in town.
Joanne Smythe March 01, 2012 at 06:45 AM
Possibly best in the state. Always a fantastic meal, and prices are quite reasonable for fine dining. A reservation is advisable. The new La Cucina di Clemenza is also worth a look. Excellent food, and a newly-built, very unusual two-story interior. Gian Marco is the best casual, family dining. Excellent food every time, with nicely packaged home delivery available too. Enzzo's is surprisingly crowded when we visit; the food is average at best. Pizzeta makes a fabulous margarita pizza.
lavitadolce March 01, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Basilico EASILY!!!
Sandy Bayer March 01, 2012 at 05:06 PM
There is no contest as far as I'm concerned. Highest quality food and service and most importantly CONSISTENTLY GOOD!!! And if that wasn't enough the atmosphere is so beautiful and full of energy!
Mary March 06, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Cafe Luna for it's consistent, fresh, delicious, authentic meals, and friendly service. I feel like I'm back in Northern Italy when I eat here. Not your typical bloated italian restaurant.
Federica March 06, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Café Luna!!!!! Of course!
carol b. March 07, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Luna! Authentic. Fresh. Fantastico!
Jodi Silverstein March 07, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Cafe Luna!!
Michal W Cohen March 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Cafe Luna by a mile!
Eliran March 07, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Luna by far!!!

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