Starters: Piazza Margherita in Lyndhurst

May 15, 2009 Full story: North Jersey Media Group 30

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Disappointed

Bronx, NY

#1 Jun 3, 2009
This was my first and last visit. We were seated in the corner which was fine but after waiting for a waiter for about 15 mins I began to wonder if they had forgotten about us. Finally a waiter came over. He never told us the specials so we ordered from the limited selections on the menu. We then heard the other waiters telling incoming patrons of the specials. At this point it was too late to change our orders. Appetizer came out right away which was nice. It was roasted peppers and mozz. Majority of the peppers were orange. I found that very strange. They were very bland and the cheese was on the hard side. It was just ok. For the entree I ordered Chicken Parm with a side of pasta. The chicken was fair but biting into a large piece of fat was a horrible experience. The pasta was over cooked and tasted like nothing but mush. The dessert tray looked appetizing but considering the entree wasn't so great we passed on dessert and just asked for the check. When I dine out I expect the meal to be better then what I can make at home. This meal did not meet my expectations. Had the service been better maybe the meal would've tasted better - I don't know.
Gennaro

Alpine, NJ

#2 Jun 8, 2009
This place is a scam .
Food is as good as a mall food court and service stinks especially when you hire stoned kids who get fired from mc donald .
I reccomend to stay away if you want Italian food .
If you look to overpay for cheap prepared meals then this is your place
Matteo

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Jun 24, 2009
This is one of finest Italian restraunts, i have ever been and i have been in alot of restraunts and used to be in the business. Great food and Great service. this an old fashion cooking. Regarding comment made by Gennaro, in Indiana if you ask for an Italian restraunt they will point towards Denny's.
Domenico La Montagna

Lyndhurst, NJ

#4 Jul 2, 2009
I`m very surprised and disappointed of the bad comments I read about piazza margherita. I`m an Italian guy, I come from naplres, and I usually eat in the best restaurants of my city. I`ve never found such a place like piazza in New jersey. The food is excellent, the quality of service amazing, and I had some of the best times there wirth the owners, who are extremely nice and friendly. Everytime you go there they offer you free coffee (in this country you know that in the restaurants YOU DON`T GET ANYTHING FOR FREE)..they care more about you than about your money, the prices are affordable and there`s no reason to say bad things about them. I highly reccomend this place.
Giulia Torre

Lyndhurst, NJ

#5 Jul 2, 2009
After reading the first reviews about piazza I decided to try myself the place, because you never know if you can trust reviews...and I had a splendid time there...I cannot imagine someone writing something bad about this place. Food, service, atmosphere was great. It felt like family to me.I agree with matteo. Try it and then you tell me what you think, don`t stop at the bad reviews..
Tim Mazza

Englishtown, NJ

#6 Jul 10, 2009
The feeling of family is only surpassed by the excellent food at Piazza Margherita. You cannot go wrong ordering from the regular menu, but the specials are AMAZING. The portions are generous and the pricing is better than reasonable. If you can, save room for desert; they are home made at their family bakery (Aroma Di Napoli, Nutley) and some you won't see anywhere else. It is easy to see why this place is patronized by neighborhood people in an Italian area. EXCELLENT!
Manny

Englishtown, NJ

#7 Jul 10, 2009
I have eaten at Piazza Margherita many times since it opened. I have NEVER had a less than perfect meal and have been treated like family since day one. Pasquale (the owner) is always there and would never tolerate less than excellent service or food. This place is busy for a good reason. It is impossible to please everybody, but they go out of their way to try.
Edoardo Vuto

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Jul 10, 2009
Hey, I don't understand why people would leave offensive comments that could affect the image of a great place. I know I'm probably speaking for myself and I want to share my thoughts with all of u. As a former owner of a restaurant I know how it is to have one , it's like having another marriage because you put your heart on it and you spend most of the time there. Your main goal is to please everybody but apparently if god cannot please everybody how do u expect that one human being can please all of us. Next time if u go to a restaurant and u have a problem is better off to talk to the owner because he may do something for u to make u feel satisfied!
Nicole

Englewood, NJ

#9 Jul 10, 2009
You just seem like a person who CAN'T be pleased. First of all I go there to eat once, maybe twice a week and never ever had a complaint. Every staff member there is hard working and nice. The food is beyond good. The specials menu is ALWAYS printed in the menu. I have never had to have them tell me the specials since they are right there in front of my face. Maybe you should have asked "are there any specials today?" And the non special menu is not limited by all means. It is a whole page long. Maybe instead of whining about it on the computer, you should have politely told the owner how you felt, trust me he is very interested in what his clients think, both good and bad. If you can cook a better meal at home, stay there.
Nicole

Englewood, NJ

#10 Jul 10, 2009
By the way, the comment above was for "Disappointed"
Jeffrey

Lyndhurst, NJ

#11 Aug 6, 2009
I took my girlfriend last weekend and had a fantastic time. We brought a bottle of wine with us that was opened as soon as we sat down, followed by delicious fresh bread with a great oil mix. We shared a plentiful order of calimari that was crispy and tasty.

My girlfriend ordered the Veal Marsala which was tender a really good mushrooms. I ordered the Cod Oreganata which was once again plentiful and had garlic mashed potatoes and a unique vegetable medlley that really added to the dish.

For dessert we had a toasted coconut tiramisu that topped off the evening with the perfect touch. All in all, a great evening that I would recommend to anyone--I will be back.
Mikele new york

Castel San Giorgio, Italy

#12 Sep 14, 2009

I am really happy to have found a restaurant of its kind in New Jersey .. the food is really excellent and the service is excellent ... and the owner is truly a great person.*
marv and maggie

White Plains, NY

#13 Nov 14, 2009
it seems like 'disappointed' is probably one of those people that just likes to complain - it must make him/her feel better hiding behind a computer to 'bash'.....how tacky i can understand that one might have an unpleasant experience in any establishment at one time or another but did you take the time to talk to the proprietor to try to get your issues resolved? i bet if you had you would have left with a totally different attitude!
anyway, we went there for the first time last night and have been going to their place in nutley since it opened as usual everything-food, service, atmosphere was excellent!! the owners are lovely, caring, family people who cannot do enough to please their customers we had our son's christening party at the nutley establishment about 4 years ago - we had 3 1/2 feet of snow that day - the owner himself was outside shoveling the snow to make sure all of our guests were comfortable, safe and well taken care of not to mention the wonderful food because of the personal attention we had an unforgettable event which our guests are still raving about!
now we will just have trouble deciding which place to go to - last night we went to both! highly reccomend!!
Franco

Brooklyn, NY

#14 Nov 21, 2009
Piazza is a great restraunt with excellent food. Wait staff is good but the manager, she is GREAT.
I highly recommend this restraunt.
Tom

Wyncote, PA

#15 Jan 4, 2010
I went here with a party of 10 on New year's eve. Could not have had a better experience. We ordered roughly 5 appetizers which were all excellent. The fried calamari was not oily at all and the clams oreganato were perfect. I ordered Frutti De Mare. It was a huge portion of shrimp, clams, mussels, and squid. Served over al dente linguine in a light red sauce with tomatino's. The mussels were amazing and not the P.E.I. ones restaurants tend to use that are prone to heavy bearding and grit. Our waiter was attentive and opened our wine and supplied us with ice for our mixed drinks. I will be back there very soon.
Ms Linda

Milan, Italy

#16 Jan 7, 2010
This restaurant is a lie!!! Is not an Italian restaurant ...and Pasquale is fake ( big one ) he is nobody ( nothing ) without Nicola...

PS: Everybody knows that only Pasquale's "friend " are gonna replay this comment...not regular customers
mrs roseanna

Jersey City, NJ

#17 Feb 6, 2010
This is in response to ms linda. With all due respect you are entitled to your opinion. It just doesn't make sense. It is obvious that you have something personal with Pasquale when you are trying to put him down comparing him and his brother. You are not well informed when you offend Pasquale because you are offending his brother also they are both owners to both restaurants (Queen Margherita and Piazza Margherita) also Aromi di Napoli bakery. Wow you have hate all in your words maybe you really know Pasquale has great importance that's why you tried being hurtful using his brother. We know the strength of the businesses are the great talent and bond both brothers have. That is what we love about a strong great family with excellent businesses. Maybe you should learn from them instead of bashing them personally. Have a nice day in Naples. By the way only an enemy would comment like you. Take your own advice.
mako

White Plains, NY

#18 Apr 1, 2010
Disappointed wrote:
This was my first and last visit. We were seated in the corner which was fine but after waiting for a waiter for about 15 mins I began to wonder if they had forgotten about us. Finally a waiter came over. He never told us the specials so we ordered from the limited selections on the menu. We then heard the other waiters telling incoming patrons of the specials. At this point it was too late to change our orders. Appetizer came out right away which was nice. It was roasted peppers and mozz. Majority of the peppers were orange. I found that very strange. They were very bland and the cheese was on the hard side. It was just ok. For the entree I ordered Chicken Parm with a side of pasta. The chicken was fair but biting into a large piece of fat was a horrible experience. The pasta was over cooked and tasted like nothing but mush. The dessert tray looked appetizing but considering the entree wasn't so great we passed on dessert and just asked for the check. When I dine out I expect the meal to be better then what I can make at home. This meal did not meet my expectations. Had the service been better maybe the meal would've tasted better - I don't know.
I have been a customer almost from day one and there is a reason that you have to wait to get in. My meals-always perfect, service courteous,knowledgeable and quick. I only wish it were a bit more spacious to accommodate the crowd. Apparently, you must have had some rare off night or your expectations are seriously flawed. I have eaten at some of the "best" blue chip eateries in and around NYC(including that most unappetizing chef Mario B) and there is where you get half fast snotty service for absurd amounts of money and crappy food.
mako

White Plains, NY

#19 Apr 1, 2010
mrs roseanna wrote:
This is in response to ms linda. With all due respect you are entitled to your opinion. It just doesn't make sense. It is obvious that you have something personal with Pasquale when you are trying to put him down comparing him and his brother. You are not well informed when you offend Pasquale because you are offending his brother also they are both owners to both restaurants (Queen Margherita and Piazza Margherita) also Aromi di Napoli bakery. Wow you have hate all in your words maybe you really know Pasquale has great importance that's why you tried being hurtful using his brother. We know the strength of the businesses are the great talent and bond both brothers have. That is what we love about a strong great family with excellent businesses. Maybe you should learn from them instead of bashing them personally. Have a nice day in Naples. By the way only an enemy would comment like you. Take your own advice.
Ditto this! Ms. Linda certainly has issue; I am only glad I have not had the "pleasure" of meeting such a warm person as her. Both Pat and his brother are charming, very hard working and accommodating. However, they should steer clear of Ms. Linda from Naples!
Maria from Rochelle Park

West Babylon, NY

#20 Apr 13, 2010
Piazza Margherita is super awesome! We had my 50th birthday party there and I can't say enough about how great it turned out! First, the food was outstanding... my friends and family told me how much they loved the food and service. Secondly, the owner and manager treated us like family... I also enjoy cooking and have a passion for good, authentic italain food. They personalized my menu to include the the appetizers and entrees that I preferred. I really can't say enough about this great restaurant! I know for sure that I will plan my next party there! We have one coming up very soon... Look out Ida, here we come again!

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