Peter King Loves Montclair’s Osteria Giotto

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.

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  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.)


  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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