Fans of Osteria Giotto, and its famous lasagna, were devastated to learn that the restaurant would close in 2016. Fortunately, owners Robert Pantusa and Luca Valerin have brought their magic touch to a new location, the long dormant, former Beans space at 42 Church Street.
Cafe Giotto, the next chapter for Pantusa and Valerin, is a new labor of love they share with their wives Caroline and Deborah, who you’ll find behind the counter of the charming cafe space, decorated with lots of exposed brick, distressed walls and vintage accents that add to the space’s rustic, old-world charm.
Cafe Giotto offers a place to buy your morning (or afternoon) coffee and pastry (croissants, donuts and more) or a breakfast sandwich, but the menu offers so much more, including lunch and dinner options, for dining in or take out.
Stop in for a plate of pasta (yes, the lasgana is back!) or a hearty bowl of soup, a salad, a slice of pizza or a panini sandwich served on homemade ciabbata (bread is baked on the premises daily). There’s also gelato for your sweet tooth, as well as small grocery section where you can find imported ingredients for purchase (you can also put in your order for holiday gift baskets).
Cafe Giotto, 42 Church Street, Montclair. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call 973-746-0111 for hours, to place orders for pick up or to ask about catering options.