Executive Chef and Owner John Giglio has been manning the kitchen at Palazzo’s in Montclair for the past eighteen years. A totally hands-on owner, Chef Giglio is always encouraging his clientele to share their special requests.

At dinner last Saturday evening, we met friends from Fort Lee, and were more than satisfied with our meal and service. Boasting a quietly elegant environment, tables are set with lovely linen cloths and fine silverware. For starters, my husband and I shared a Caesar Salad, with a pancetta -anchovy dressing, and garlic croutons, topped with shaved parmesan cheese, ($10). Yes, the salad was delicious, however, I’d have expected a bit more than four lettuce leaves and several house-made croutons to appear on my dish. Two of us ordered a main dish of lightly blackened, Atlantic Salmon served on a bed of mushroom risotto. Perhaps this sounds corny, but as a perpetual salmon eater, I honestly believed this succulent piece of fish tasted as if it were caught twenty minutes before preparation, ($24), Served on a bed of mushroom risotto, it was a most memorable dish.  My husband and my friend enjoyed (milk fed), Veal Palazzo.  Veal scaloppini sautéed with artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes, Madeira wine sauce, and a potato croquette, ($20).  Our house made desserts were slices of freshly prepared cheese cake, and fresh brewed coffee. The total bill got this lovely meal was: $78.00.

Palazzo’s is certainly one of the gems of Montclair. The night we were there, there were eleven anniversary celebrations, two birthday parties, and “We’re Having a Baby!” gathering.

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“Palazzo’s is definitely the place to celebrate any of your special family or friend Moments,” said Christina Hammond, Manager.

The quiet elegant ambiance of Palazzo’s is conducive to conversation. It is certainly a place where service is consistent, and the management truly looks forward to your return.

Lunch:11;30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Dinner: 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday. 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Gluten free and Vegetarian options available. Call: 973.746.6778 for Palazzo Bistro Daily Lunch Specials and Palazzo Gourmet Caterers: Hot and cold buffets prepared by Chef/Owner John Giglio for any occasion. Gift Certificates are available. Major credit cards accepted.  Although there is a bar, guests are able to bring their own wine. Call for reservations. Casually smart dress.  Handicap accessible. Parking garage and street parking.
Visit Palazzo’s for New Year’s Eve, 2014: Two Options: Three Course Meal: Cost: $69 Per Person (plus tax and gratuity). Available from 5 to 7 p.m. Includes: Starters and Salads, A Selection of Entrees, Coffee, Tea and Desserts; Five course meal with Champagne toast, includes hats and noisemakers. Cost:$89 per person (plus tax and gratuities). (Available after 8 p.m.  Includes: Starters, Salads, Intermezzo (Sorbet), Entrees, Coffee Tea. and Desserts)

Thanksgiving will soon be here. If you’ve a special place to celebrate Turkey Day, please let me know. If you have a special Thanksgiving Day family recipe you'd like to share, you  are welcome to send it to me for publication.

I purchase my Jaindl Turkey from John’s Meat Market at 389 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains. Telephone:908.322.7126. Please give Vinnie, a call and place your order. It will be wrapped and ready for pick-up, at your convenience.

Or if you’re ambitious, you may take a ride to the Jaindl Retail Store, 3150 Coffeetown Road, Orefield, Pa.
Call: 610 395.3333.

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