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Tre Piani, Princeton, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

Tre Piani, Princeton, NJ
Tre Piani
Forrestal Village Shopping Ctr.
120 Rockingham Row
Princeton, NJ

Restaurant Highlights

Fare: Italian/Mediterranean

Price: Expensive

Food Quality: 1 1/2 Stars

Service: 2 Stars

Decor: 2 Stars

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class

Serves well prepared dishes using fresh, organic straight-from-the-farm ingredients.

Food quality and service levels have become inconsistent, and fallen off in quality from past levels.

Value: Fair - Good

Noise Level: High

Dress: Casual

Recommended For: Diners who enjoy creative Italian food preparation with fresh farm to table ingredients in a casual, upscale setting.

Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who prefer traditional Italian food with heavy sauces served in large portions.

Recommended dishes: When available, The Osso buco with red wine sauce, four cheese risotto, sautéed mushrooms; The Homemade Silk Ravioli with lobster, spinach, and mascarpone cheese; and The Filet mignon with green peppercorn sauce sautéed button mushrooms, roasted garlic polenta and sautéed spinach

Liquor: Full service bar with a good selection of wines and cocktails using fresh house made juices, fruits and vegetables.

Restaurant Review

Tre Piani offers fine Italian dining with a wide variety of menu selections using fresh ingredients.

During the weekdays, the restaurant is frequented by groups of business diners and Groupon coupon holders.

The decor, spread on three dining levels (Tre Piani), is attractive with the downstairs bistro adorned with plants around the bar, ceiling fans, and louvered shutters to create an elegant, open atmosphere.

For an "old world", more formal dining experience, ask for the upstairs dining room,

The Tre Bar, adjoining the dining area, is vibrant and casual with dining offered with a small plate tapas menu.

The downstairs bistro, while also serving up the full menu, also has more casual menu items.

Chef Jim Weaver, one of the early pioneers of the "slow food" process of cooking, uses wholesome, fresh, organic straight-from-the-farm ingredients. Pastas are fresh house made daily.

However, since our last review over a year and half ago, the quality and consistency of the food has fallen off. This is disappointing since in it's early years of operation. Tre Piani had been one of the top Italian restaurants in the Princeton area.

During the warmer months there is outdoor dining on the patio.

Tre Piani is open seven days/week;
For Lunch Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 9:30pm & Sunday 4:00pm - 7:00pm and Brunch Sunday 12 noon - 4:00pm

(updated January, 2017)

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