Fare: Modern Italian
Price: Moderate - Expensive
Food Quality: 3 Stars
Service: 2 1/2 Stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Serves well prepared, creative food, using locally sourced, fresh farm-to-table ingredients.
Noise Level: Moderate - Energetic high
Dress: Upscale Casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well prepared, non- traditional food with a trendy modern ambiance. Good for a date or romantic occasion.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer casual family dining with traditional southern Italian food served in huge portions.
Recommended dishes: When available, Barnegat Light Scallops; Chilean Sea Bass; and the Espresso Rub Black Angus Rib eye.
Liquor: BYOB. Also serves local wines from nearby Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery.
Arugula is a popular Sewell, NJ BYOB restaurant serving well prepared, creative Italian dishes with a trendy, modern flair.
The interior with seating for 70 is attractive with a contemporary, urban ambiance , The dining room is softly lit under dark exposed purple ceilings with green rafters and walls adorned with lots of trimmings and art work. There is an open yet romantic feel to the dining area.
The restaurant is owned by chefs and brothers Nicholas Tomasetto and Stefano Gervasi who grew up learning their culinary skills from their father a former chef and restaurant owner.
The have teamed up to prepare a modern Italian menu with many inspiring dishes using fresh ingredients. You are not going to find the "Old World" traditional Italian large portion dishes like Veal Parmesan or Fettuccine Alfredo here.
Their cooking style has a foundation from the Calabria region of Italy but has been infused with styles from other regions of Italy as well as some new American twists to their dishes.
Whenever possible, they make every effort to use local, fresh, farm-to-table ingredients. They are sourced locally from Maccarone Farms in Swedesboro, Duffield's Farms in Sewell, and Banscher Farms in Gibbstown.
The offer a flexible menu of both traditional large plate and small plate items. With smaller plate sizes and lower prices, they are appealing to diners who want a shared dining experience or for diners on a limited budget who want an affordable means of exploring a variety of menu items.
Arugula also prides itself in its home made pasta; with the exception of the whole-wheat penne, the pasta is made in-house.
Arugula doesn't have a separate party room. If a quiet conversation or a romantic dining experience is preferred, when making a reservation check to see if a large group party is planned and if seating can be arranged away from the group.
They are child friendly and offer a kids menu.
Arugula is open:
Lunch: Tuesday-Fridays 11:30-2:30 pm
Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 4-10 pm &Friday & Saturday 4-11pm Sunday 4-9pm
and for Sunday Brunch: 10:00am-2:00pm
(updated: January, 2017)
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