Fare: Traditional Italian, Steaks
Food Quality: 3 1/2 stars
Service: 3 stars
Decor: 3 stars
Overall Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Noise Level: Moderate - High during peak times
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy excellent "Old World" dining with well executed, traditional Italian & Steaks
Not Recommended For: Diners who may prefer more complex, creative Italian food preparation in a more trendy setting
Recommended dishes: The Creek Stone Farms Prime Center Cut Filet; The Squid Ink Tagliatelle with Lobster ragu and chives; and The Gnocchi Osso Bucco with shredded veal osso bucco, spring peas, mascarpone, and herb veal au jus.
Liquor: Bar is stocked with reasonably priced, mid-range wines, beers and cocktails.
Toscano Ristorante, located in downtown historic Bordentown, nestled into one of the older buildings, is a "Hidden Gem" in a town with many good restaurants
Toscano Ristorante is popular with diners who come to celebrate a special occasion, or to enjoy an "Old World" culinary treat complete with bar service, and an excellent Italian & steak menu
The restaurant is owned and operated by John Antinoro, with Antinoro's nephew Zack Melker, serving as executive chef.
The ambiance is elegant but not imposing, having a pleasant vibe with soft lighting and tables set with faux candles, and white table linens.
The entrance opens up to a small bar on your way to settling into the bi-level dining area with seating for 20+ tables. The higher level is 4 steps above and adjacent to the lower level
They offer an extensive selection of standard menu items and daily specials. The menu is well executed using fresh, quality ingredients with mostly traditional Italian classics and a few creative selections.
Save room for their sumptuous desserts, they are made in-house.
They serve a value priced Prix-fix menu on Monday and Tuesday. Thursday is Steak Night!
Service is friendly, attentive, and knowledge. Waitstaff is dressed in black with white shirts and black ties.
Street parking can be a challenge. The City of Bordentown offers Shuttle Bus Service with Free Parking at the Carslake Community Center/Gilder Field Park area where the Shuttle will pick up passengers and take them downtown.
Toscano Ristorante is open seven days/week: Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Tues, Wed & Thurs 11:30 am - 2:30 pm & 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm,
Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm & 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm,
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, & Sun 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Reservations are recommended, especially on high demand weekends.
(updated February, 2019)
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