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“Truly Italian...old school, but never old fashioned....”
Review of Trovato's Due

Trovato's Due
Ranked #6 of 39 Restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: Italian
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Trovato's Due II is, hands down, my favorite New Jersey restaurant. Your meal starts with a complimentary small-plate antipasto: home made bruschetta, soppresatta, parmigiana reggiano and plump green olives -- just a bite of everything. They have a nice wine list, but we always order the house wine and we've never been disappointed.

Antonio Trovato has recently expanded the menu to include tapas or small plates priced nicely between $5.99 and $9.99. Order two or three and you have a nice meal. Their entrees are certainly priced competitively with other area restaurants and their meat, fish and poultry are fresh and beautifully prepared. No need to add salt.....maybe just a little pepper.

This Sunday, we ordered from the special's menu. I had capillacci with a spicy tomato sauce with plump wild mushrooms. Capillacci at Trovato's is a large tortellini made with fresh homemade pasta -- about 3 inches round -- stuffed with creamy mozzarella, capers, sundried tomato and toasted pignoli seeds (pine nuts). The portion was quite large -- 6 capillacci in all. I could only eat two after a shared appetizer of sauteed hot italian sausage with escarole and a risotto with asparagus and baby shrimp.

My husband ordered the Sunday Special -- homemade rigatoni with tomato sauce accompanied by a meatball, a sausage and a braciole, with a dollop of homemade ricotta on the side. A formidable meal, even for a man. Again, everything is very fresh and beautifully seasoned. Cappucino finished the meal.

Leftovers are containered and bagged for you and the bill came to $102, including 3 glasses of house wine, appetizer, salad, main courses and coffee. The wait staff is very attentive, everyone pitches in to make sure you have everything you need. Come back a couple of times and you're family!

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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Have been going here every a couple times a month for the last 2 years - Two menus, a traditional one with well executed standard Italian dishes, great pastas, veal and fish dishes with top level ingredients. New, second menu, small plates - couple dozen appetizer size you can easily make a meal of.
Tony is owner and works/oversees in the kitchen as well - these are well family recipes, now corporate American-Italian.
Our favorite is always a sauce a spicy red named 'peeps', get it over Scungilli or Shrimps, in pasta to without as an app.
We almost always sit at the expanded bar, some nicely placed TVs for games. If sitting at a table try to sit away from the bar though overall noise isn't bad

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Reviewed 4 June 2013

First time here. Very impressed with the food and service. A bit loud, but overall the atmosphere is very nice.

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