Peter King Loves Montclair’s Osteria Giotto

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Osteria Giotto comes in at No. 6 on a top 10 of vacation highlights of Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King.

Says King…”And the best meal of a vacation that took us to Trieste, Vienna, New York, Chicago and Minneapolis came in … Montclair, N.J. I’ve blown smoke at Osteria Giotto on Midland Avenue in Montclair a few times, like the time I took Brandon Jacobs of the Giants there two nights before the Giants and Pack played in the NFC Championship Game — and Jacobs loved the lasagna so much he had to get two pieces to go for a late-night snack. It was great to see old friends and to have my annual piece of said lasagna (it’s perfect — not overwhelmingly heavy, but with some different spices, like nutmeg) and the mista salad.”

You won’t find the lasagna ($19.50) on the dinner menu, but it’s always a featured special. Here’s what made King and Jacobs swoon — nine layers of homemade pasta, along with Bolognese and Bechamel sauces, and Parmesan cheese.

10 COMMENTS

  1. I used to think my mom’s lasagna was the best. Then I tried Giotto’s…Sorry, Mom.

    My other fave is the veggie timbale with balsamic glazed grilled jumbo prawns – an appetizer big enough for lunch. YUM.

  2. Haven’t been in a while. Will have to go back.

    But this reminds me, what is missing- in a BIG way- from the B-net redesign- restaurant reviews. In fact thinking about it, I don’t even use this site for restaurant choices anymore, whereas with the “old” version I did. All the time.

    Am I missing something, or did the past reviews not migrate over? (I remember reading that they would- in time. But nothing.)

    Sad.

  3. My son, many years back, came home and pronounced Giotto the best restaurant he’d ever been to. Since then, I’ve had the great privilege to dine there a few times and have always beyond impressed. It’s an experience to behold!

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