NORWOOD, N.J. -- It’s a simple question: “What’s the most DVlicious Italian restaurant in the county?”
What's the Best Italian Restaurant in Bergen County?
Bazzarelli Ristorante & Pizzeria, Moonachie
Biagio’s Ristorante, Paramus
Trattoria Il Cafone, Lyndhurst
Paisanos Ristorante, Rutherford
Ragazzi Restaurant And Lounge, Norwood
Sounds straightforward, right? But with a dizzying array of options – everything from old-school red sauce joints to modern takes on Grandma’s homemade cooking to trattorias with gourmet pizzas -- the answer can be hard to answer.
We asked for your favorites; five have been narrowed down as part of our contest and those finalists are being profiled this week.
Voting continues until 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28. You can vote multiple times, albeit once per day.
Grab a fork, read on, and let your fingers do the clicking. The winner will receive a framed DVlicious certificate as well as the pride in knowing it offers a taste of Italy close to home.
What Makes It Pasta Perfect: Large portions, friendly service and reasonably priced wines by the bottle or the glass. Diners especially liked its fried calamari, zuppa de pesce (fish soup), apple, blue cheese and walnut salad, bacon-wrapped scallops and chicken parm. Some of its pastas are homemade or fresh.
Worth Special Mention: Yelp reviewers liked the fact that there's live music during dinner on Thursday and Friday nights, and that the specials menus are seasonally inspired. In nice weather, diners can eat outside under twinkling fairy lights surrounded by flowers. They also raved about the margaritas. Ragazzi, which says it is kid-friendly, but quiet, also caters events and has online ordering for takeout and deliveries.
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