Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Restaurant Review -- The Bel Vedere in Clifton, NJ

Last night, Dad treated me to an excellent meal at his favorite restaurant, the Bel Vedere in Clifton, NJ. He knows the owner Vincent, so we had very attentive service as well. For starters, they immediately plated some fine Italian cheese and small olives (tart and firm black olives) and crunchy warm bread for us. Next, we shared a Ceasar salad for two. Although the dressing was a bit heavy for me, it was tasty and not too garlicky.

After the salad, I had the Agnolotti con Granchio E Marscapone, which were fantastic, almost pierogie-sized pasta stuffed with fresh crabmeat and mascarpone cheese in a pink sauce. The agnolotti also had a stripe of what I'm sure was squid ink embedded in the pasta. The pink sauce was light and tomato-y, with a slightly creamy texture. The crabmeat and mascarpone filling was divine. I ate the whole serving. It might have been six or so agnolotti.

Dad had his favorite dish, Gamberi E Sogiola Alla Ghiottona, jumbo shrimp and stuffed lemon sole with crabmeat in a cream champagne sauce, which he truly enjoyed.

If you're in the area, definitely visit the Bel Vedere. Tasty food, great service.

1 comment:

Mona said...

Hmm, is Clifton close to NY? Sounds like a fabulous dinner!! Aren't dinners with Dad great, no matter where you go :)