A Little Pasta With Your Paperback? da Pepo, La Cucina del Nonno, Opens at Montclair’s Watchung Booksellers

If you were sad to see Tiny Elephant close up shop in the adjacent space to Watchung Booksellers, there’s good news for book lovers who crave sustenance, too.

da Peppo, La Cucina del Nonno, has opened up, taking over the bright, inviting space just steps away from the stacks, with a menu of old country dishes worthy of your Italian grandfather. Dine in or take out pasta, paninis, salads and small plates (mozzarella in carozza or meatballs with whipped ricotta both sound enticing), as well as kid-friendly options, too. If you’re looking to stop for coffee and something sweet, there’s espresso, cappuccino, machiatto, teas as well as tiramisu, gelato and affogato.

There’s even vegan mozzarella upon request.

da Peppo, 54 Fairfield Street, Montclair, 973-655-8825. Open Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; closed Sunday.

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  1. No Breakfast/Brunch menu? Isn’t the book store open mostly during the day when people are mostly looking for Breakfast or Lunch? Looks like more of a dinner menu, no?

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