558 Bloomfield Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044
Open for lunch Wednesday thru Saturday
Open for dinner 7 Days
Full service bar
Municipal Parking Lot behind the restaurant
Patio dining in warm weather
We headed down to Verona on the coldest night of the year, so the parking lot behind the restaurant was much appreciated. Once inside, we warmed up nicely, knowing we were going to have a good dinner.
Chef Michael DiIonno gained local fame a few years ago when he won the championship spot on the TV Show “Chopped.” But we were already well-acquainted with his culinary skills as he was our chef years ago when we owned the Huddle Inn. When Michael first joined us, our business changed overnight. Suddenly diners were lining up at the bar two or three deep waiting for a table. Since those days, this chef has owned two of his own restaurants, one in Chatham and one in Livingston.
DiIonno’s wife, Patty, serves as hostess. She has nicely decorated the two dining areas in black and white art deco style with soft lighting and attractive art on the walls. There’s a separate area for the full-service bar in addition to the main dining room and a smaller and quieter side dining room.
One of us began with the Caesar Salad with croutons, which is the house salad and a long-time favorite of ours. The lettuce was crisp and nicely broken into bite-size pieces, the dressing was light and delicious, and the croutons were tasty and crunchy.
|Lobster, Shrimp, and Scallops Newberg|
|Diver Scallops in Candied Ginger Sauce|
|Butterscotch Bread Pudding|