Nanni Ristorante

4.8
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275 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Nanni Ristorante in Rochelle Park successfully combines Old World charm and dependability with exciting cuisine and an array of specials sure to please the palate. Menu highlights include the anticipated pasta, seafood, veal, beef and poultry sprinkled with surprises such as frog legs and calves’ livers. Seasoned veteran Chef Paolo Gilberto, formerly of Archer’s in Fort Lee, bought into the start-up Nanni in 1986 before bringing along Archer maitre d’ and employees Manny Moreira and Lino Queirolo. The three have brought simple elegance to this busy Passaic Street restaurant, and have created some of the finest Italian dishes in the area. Nanni’s wine list features selections from Italy, France and California and a piano player soothes the mood on Friday and Saturday evenings. Step out of a busy day and into a relaxing, traditional Italian venue for a few hours and be pleasantly surprised with good food, wine and excellent service in a comfortably elegant atmosphere.
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HD
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This old-school Italian restaurant never disappoints. Cuisine is authentic, lovingly prepared and presented. The manager, Manny, brings his years of experience to this place. He is proud of the place and of the delicious choices that come out of his well-run kitchen.
The menu choices are extensive and in the past 25 years of going there I can honest say that I’ve never had a bad meal.
Put it on your list of choices to try, I can guarantee that it might just become your favorite choice.

DK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What can I say...this might be the best Italian restaurant I’ve ever been to. And that’s coming from an Italian guy from the Bronx. Decor is old school so don’t expect a fancy date night but if you want exceptional service, hospitality, and Italian food, look no further!

OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful intimate atmosphere with fantastic food

JD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was outstanding. Service could have been better. Had to ask for water to be refilled.

JL
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Besides the good food, the service as excellent. I definitely would be going back there again.

OT
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappoints!

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B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have not been here in some time due to a 20 minute ride from home. Today, you have to be careful having a glass of wine and driving. Food and service was very good and we'll be back soon.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would have liked some gluten free bread. Food was delicious but a bit rich for my palette. Will go again with he family.

d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is old school great. Service was attentive and food was exceptional. Fish and Pasta are second to none.

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food

c
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar, bartender was excellent. This places reminds me of why I will never leave my home state of New Jersey. Old school Italian restaurant with fantastic food and a crowd worthy of a Soprano’s episode.

NY
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Nanni's for over 35 years. The service is always great and the food is wonderful. The owner Manny always has time for a personal greeting to make you feel special. Many dishes are prepared in the dining room. Fish is a specialty.
You will feel like your in Italy! Make this a must visit for a wonderful lunch or dinner! Cudo's to you all!

NJ
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school consistency. Food and service impeccable. A true gem that has been this way for many years.

O
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, I was able to customize my Entre and I asked for a Brasoile and Rigatoni Carbonara, my wife ordered the vela scalopini. The food was 5 stars! Great value, we will be back!

B
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonight, on a whim, we tried Nanni. It’s good to speak favorably of a restaurant, but extraordinary when you feel compelled to write a 5-star review, which is exactly what this is. The service is personable, and the servers hint when you’re ordering in the “right direction”. We started with the Mixed Pasta e Fagioli, which was excellent. Then, a Caesar Salad was split by the staff, which had just the right amount of croutons, parmigiana, and garlic bits for flavoring, including a dressing that was not creamy at all (I like that facet). Next, were the main entrees; our selections were both from the Special menu for the night, and included the halibut in white wine sauce, and beef bracciole with gnocchi. They were great and we’d recommend them to others. We ended the night with a little spumoni, on a sweet note. Needless to say, we will be returning, and we will be recommending Nanni to others.

HM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nanni's is old school in the traditional "Italian" way. Elegant but not stuffy. Attentive without hovering and fairly priced. I have recommended Nanni's to others for years and will continue to do so.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday, great food and best service in NJ.

H
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely love this place. Gets better every time we go here. The mussels in marinara sauce are Outstanding. Never disappoints.

HH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in New Jersey. Food is always excellent and so is the service. Right now it looks eautiful for the holidays.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, food, and service. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spouse’s birthday

VM
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great food. Took our reservation on time.

VM
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. One of my favorite restaurants. I highly recommend Nanni’s. Bon appotito!

JD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening. The service was great and the food was amazing.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

This restaurant was recommended by a friend of ours so we tried it. Upon arrival we saw the dining room was full so we thought the food must be very good. I ordered the South African Lobster tails for a main course and the clams oreganato for an appetizer. The clams were bland and really had no taste. The main course, well the small tails were tough and dry with really no taste of the garlic and butter that they were supposed to be broiled in.
My girl had the Brazini, which she said was ok.
I wouldn't say the restaurant is bad but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good staff is attentive. Will return.

e
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice setting and good service. Prices are reasonable. Solid and dependable never a bad meal.

WI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice old school restaurant with an expansive menu and wine list.

KC
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful upscale restaurant with full bar. Food was delicious and served beautifully . Wonderful restaurant to celebrate a special occasion .

OT
Caribbean
30 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always, great food. Good wi e selection. Will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was terrific as usual.- the quality and taste of the food, the service , hospitality of management.

BA
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always great and staff very attrntive

LH
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner once again! Good food and good company!

H
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place Great food Great price. Our go to place!

LV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nannis never disappoints. Food is always delicious. Nice atmosphere and quiet even when it is packed (which it always is, in a good way). The owner is very kind, always pays special attention to my kids when we come in. This restaurant is a family favorite. I tell everyone who loves food to go:)

JC
84 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the cuisine and restaurant staff. Could eat there every night

JC
84 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is outstanding in every way. A real gem

JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon this restaurant quite by accident and could not have asked for a better experience. The food was great. Actually it’s the first time all of us cleaned our plates (including dessert). All the entire staff was warm and friendly. They actually felt like family. I have never written a review before but felt they truly deserved it. We’ll definitely be back.

B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The clams casino came out burnt to a crisp. They said they are premade and cold in the fridge and they have to cook them like that. Another table ordered them and they said they were delicious. You could see they were perfectly cooked. The maitre dee was rude and insulted me for wanting them taken off the bill.