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“Quit Place with Great Food”
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Il Giardino
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 26 May 2013

I needed a place where I could get good food and a quiet setting to hold a meeting with a business associate. Il Giardino is the perfect place!

We sat at the bar and had a few drinks then had dinner right there. The ravioli was some of the best I have ever had. The pasta was obviously made on the premises. The sauce was perfect. Flavorful yet not to the point of diminishing the flavor of the ravioli.

The service was perfect. Effective yet not intrusive.

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Thank Craig K
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

We go to Il Giardino's for special occasions because of the gorgeous atmosphere and VERY Italian food! The wait staff are knowledgeable of the menu and daily specials, which is what we usually end up getting. There's a great wine list to pick from and the desserts are decadent!

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Thank Regina D
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

We went to dinner at this restaurant last night (Saturday 3/16/13) with our friends.
The service was mediocre. The server Heime # 3 was arrogant and rude.
Our friend had a martini and was terrible. We did not bother to send it back.
We had to wait for our entree's for almost 1.5 hours. Entrees were finally brought to the table after many enquries and they were ok. We were told that the kitchen was backed-up due to a murder-mystery dinner and a party.
We asked to speak to manager and he did not even have the preofessionalism / courtesy to come by and we never saw him

The dessert Chocolate Mousse cake was mediocre.

Overall the night's experience at this restaurant was terrible!

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3  Thank MorrisCountyGourmand
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

My wife, daughter and I had dinner at this restaurant not too far from home. We had often thought about going to Il Giardino over the years but now we had a Groupon certificate as motivation to do so on a Saturday evening. We made an advance reservation even though it did not appear to be necessary when we arrived.

The service was good and the drinks, appetizers and entrees were brought to the table very quickly. I had the pork loin special, served in a fig type of sauce that was tasty and not to sweet though the pork itself could have been more tender. My daughter had a chicken dish she said was pretty good but my wife's seafood meal was not as good as she expected. The mozzarella caprese appetizer was OK but we have had better elsewhere and even make a better version ourselves at home. The balsamic vinegar seemed to be a typical brand right off of the supermarket shelf and not an aged selection from Modena, Italy one would expect to find at an upscale Italian restaurant like Il Giardino.

The restaurant was about half full. One thing we could not get over was the piano music. It was at such a high volume we could not converse comfortably even though we were sitting away from the piano. This was disturbing throughout what could otherwise been an enjoyable evening.

The restaurant is on the expensive side so we may return at some point but honestly there are many other local options that are as good or better, more relaxing in terms of being able to talk and hear and much less costly than this place. Plus we have several that have very good food but you can bring your own wine, which is not the case at Il Giardino. I cannot rate Il Giardino highly because it should have been better.

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2  Thank Richard F
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

Recent visit. Disinterested wait staff. Mediocre food. Wrote a nioce E-mail to owner to share our experience. WAited a month for acourstesy review and not even a response. So, go to Casa Vella in DEnville or Eccola in Parsippany or probably anywhere else.
Oh, we visited a night when it had snowed a little. Parkinbg lot was not plowed ... walks & steps were snow/ice covered.

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1  Thank TXP2531
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