But for the last two years, we'd become averse to driving the local busy tollways, and so they have graciously driven to us. Last Year we met at Costanera, a Peruvian style restaurant in Montclair, NJ. This year, my Internet research turned up Rezza, a casual Italian restaurant in Rosedale, only 10 minutes from my family's home.
I'd read mostly positive reviews on Tripadvisor and YELP. I got an image of homestyle Italian food, served in an unpretentious environment. What we found proved this to be true.
We four had a mid afternoon dinner at Rezza yesterday. It was very pleasant, and the food and service satisfied.
The famous bread, from Sullivan Street Bakery, is "interesting" and good, but not the sort of which I'd want more than a couple of pieces, as it was very chewy. (Oh. I'll say it: "tough".) we were given a saucer of olive oil and coarse salt.
|Sullivan Street Bread|
Niece: Sunday Gravy, Nephew: Fetuccine Bolognese; Wife: Scampi with spaghetti; Me: Spaghetti Frutti Di Mare. (The latter is listed on the menu as coming with capellini, but I prefer thicker pasta, and they graciously changed it for me).
|Pasta Frutti di Mare|
|Rezza's "Sunday Gravy"|
Here's a couple of gelati in the photo.
|Turkish Fig, left; Salted Caramel, right.|
Here's the obligatory and customary Ratings.
Food: **** Small, unusual touches and ingredients make Rezza's food a standout.
Ambience: Suburban Casual.
You might like to read the extensive Dinner menu.
Hours: Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
BYOB / plenty of free parking
UPDATE: It must be mentioned that Rezza does not have any alcoholic beverages license, but customers are allowed to bring their own wine, and I suppose, beer.
We ate at Rezza twice in early February, 2016, and its excellence continues.
Location and contact info:
33 Eisenhower Parkway (crossroads with Eagle Rock Avenue), Roseland, NJ