Food Quality: 3 Stars
Service: 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
Elegant, "Old World" style Italian dining at it's best.
Noise Level: Low- Moderate
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy who enjoy "Old World" style, elegant Italian dining. Popular for business power lunches, special occasions and a romantic dining experience.
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who enjoy less pricey, casual food without fine dining amenities
Recommended dishes: When available, The Agnello Arosto, slow roasted lamb bank with natural juices over saffron risotte; The Agnolotti di Porcini with porcini filled ravioli in a white and black truffle cream sauce; and The Branzino al Porto, a filet of striped bass with a potato crust in a port and sherry vinegar reduction
Liquor: Full bar service. Good selection of international wines
Porto Leggero, located near the waterfront in the business center, is one of the top fine dining Italian restaurants restaurants in Jersey City.
This is elegant, "Old World" style Italian dining at it's best. Porto Leggero is a popular power scene for corporate businessmen, celebrating special occasions, and for an impressive romantic dining experience.
The interior is elegant and modern, with high ceilings, wooden arches, an exposed brick wall, an "aged" mirror wall, drapery from floor to ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and soft lighting.
The service is professional and the maitre d' is well schooled in the European style of pleasing customers.
Co-owned by Executive Chef Michael Cetrulo who sets the tone for the kitchen and menu, is also involved as a part owner and visionary behind his other New Jersey upscale restaurants : Scalini Fedeli in Chatham, Sirena in Long Branch, and Scala Del Nonna in in Montclair.
While there are many red sauce dishes, the red sauces are delicately prepared as to not overpower and mask the fresh ingredients.
For an intimate, romantic dining experience with quiet conversation, when making a reservation, make your request known that you prefer a table away from a large group.
The wine selection is excellent and the staff is knowledgeable and can help you choose from the many selections of American reds, Italian whites, and Italian Tuscans.
During the summer months there is outdoor dining.
(updated: October, 2016)
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