Thursday, May 29, 2008

Restaurant Review: Leone's in Montclair, NJ

Last week, Jamie and I took a great field trip to Montclair to see the Presby Iris Gardens. While I've made my annual pilgrimage to see the irises each May, it was Jamie's inaugural visit. She happily brought her camera along and took many photos of the flowers in all their finery.

By the time we'd walked the length of the gardens, we'd worked up quite an appetite. We had originally planned to go to a vegetarian restaurant, but it was closed, so we headed to downtown Montclair to see what we could find. One of the few open spots was Leone's.

We were the sole diners for a bit, so we had ideal service and attention from the staff. We both were so taken with many of the dishes that it was difficult to decide, but we finally settled on splitting the homemade cavatelli and broccoli along with a pizza from their brick oven.

The cavatelli couldn't have been tastier. The light broth was garlicky and savory. I sopped up the remains with their fresh bread.

The pizza was covered with balsamic-vinegar-soaked onions that were very piquant.

The crust was lovely, although a bit soaked through with the vinegar. I probably could have used a little less of the vinegar and a little more of the great, smoky, crunchy crust.

If you're around the center of Montclair, definitely go visit Leone's for some pasta and a brick-oven pie.

Leone's is located at 19 South Park Street.

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