Montclair, your prayers have been answered! Just what downtown Montclair needed — another Italian restaurant!
Well, maybe not, but before you roll your eyes, check the dish on this new spot. The restaurant is headed by renowned chef Michael Cetrulo, whose impressive pedigree suggests that Ristorante Scala Del Nonna might just become the talk of the town. Cetrulo began working in restaurants when he was only 13, and by the time he was 23, in 1990, he opened his own- Madison’s Il Mondo Vecchio. He then trained for a year in Italy in an attempt to modernize his culinary repertoire, and went on start four more restaurants, including the popular Scalini Fedeli in 1995.
Replacing Cafe Amici/Albert’s (formerly 32 Church Street and before that Taro), Ristorante Scala Del Nonna looks to be a Manhattan quality Italian restaurant right in the neighborhood. Let’s hope it does better than its predecessors.
A dish at Scalini Fedeli… YUM!
Editor’s note: Baristanet welcomes Owen Satran, who joins us as our summer intern. Satran, a rising junior at Skidmore College, is a graduate of Montclair High School.