Bellissimo’s in Little Falls was an indisputable favorite amongst residents and connoisseurs of Italian food and fine wines prior to its closure in 2007. So last summer, when Bellissimo’s owner David Gabbay and maître d’ John Gonzalez came out of retirement and reopened Bellissimo’s in its original location, patrons rejoiced, eager to familiarize themselves again with the restaurant’s exceptional fare.
Featuring black marble counters, two televisions and an undeniably modern style akin to its upscale counterparts in Manhattan, Bellissmo’s bar houses an array of tantalizing cocktails and staple drinks. While in the main part of the restaurant, raised fireplaces, high copper ceilings, an extravagant chandelier and 10-foot glass wine racks complement Bellissimo’s Italian-American cuisine. It’s this variety of settings that makes Bellissimo’s the perfect location for a family dinner, first date or simply a night at the bar with friends.
But what really draws guests to the restaurant time and time again is the food. The menu expertly meshes classic Italian cuisine with gourmet flourishes, featuring an array of seafood, fresh produce and classic pasta dishes that create a mouth-watering experience you won’t soon forget. Admirers of traditional Italian dishes will love the zuppa di pesce that features fresh seafood over linguini and tomato sauce, but, if you prefer more adventurous dishes, the Dover sole and broiled veal chop with mushrooms will exceed your expectations.
After a five-year hiatus, Bellissimo’s is a welcome sight for those who’ve been lucky enough to dine in some of Italy’s famed cities or who simply appreciate great food. Gabbay and Gonzalez’s past success, reemergence and passion to create a luxuriously unique dining experience will cement their restaurant’s legacy as a shining example of New Jersey dining done right.