La Griglia in Kenilworth


Can you believe within a few short weeks, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving? Then almost without blinking, we’ll be lighting the first candle and celebrating the Festival of Lights, or Hanukah.

It’s also time to think about where you and your family will be having Thanksgiving dinner. Will you be enjoying dinner at home with family and friends or plan to dine at a restaurant?  And, given weather conditions, or health related issues, which local restaurant would be delighted to cater your holiday meal?

As we move closer to the holiday season, I’ll suggest places to shop for specialty food items. I'll also let you know which of your favorite restaurants and take-out places will generously offer to cater your Holiday spread.

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Seafood, Grill and Wine Bar
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5 to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 5 to 11 p.m.
Open Sunday for Private Parties
Why not call and make your holiday reservations?

As youngsters, trained chefs and highly respected restauranteurs, Chris and John Tocci spent summers at the family’s small hotel, located in the Catskill Mountains. 

“That’s where we really became acquainted with the hospitality business, said Chris Tocci who divides his time between La Griglia Seafood and Wine Bar in Kenilworth, and Water and Wine in Warren.

Along with his brother, John Tocci, who serves as Executive Chef at Water and Wine and La Griglia, the brothers continue to focus on their hospitality and comfort of their clientele.

“We sold our first restaurant Toscana, in Montclair, and in 1996, purchased La Griglia  in Kenilworth,” continued Chris Tocci. “After a total renovation, which included our fabulous wine cellar and well-stocked, bar off  the main dining room, we fell in love with the landscape and location of Water and Wine in Watchung. We welcome guests for lunch, dinner, and private parties at both of our Restaurants. Our well-trained and congenial staff are always ready to serve you.”

Guests are always encouraged to create their own Wine Flight. Choose three 2.5 oz. glasses from a fine selection of  featured wines. ($15). A sampling:Sparkling: Duc De Romet, Prestige Brut, Champagne, (France); Rosato: Proprieta Sperino, “Rosa del Rosa” 2012 (Piedmonte); Alois, Lageder, Chardonnay 2012 (Alto Adige); Rosso: Nicodemi “Notari” Montepulciano D’ Abruzzo, 2010 (Abruzzo).

In addition to all of the lovely selections on the menu, La Griglia highlights several Dinner Specials:
Blue Point Oysters, Sheep Milk Ricotta Gnocchi, Brown Butter, Fresh Sage, Grana Padana, endive & Honey, Grilled Shrimp, Apples, Mache, Gorgonzola, Raisin Vinaigrette.
Alaskan Cod, Shrimp, Lobster Mushrooms, Roasted Shallots, Asparagus, Sherry, $30.
Halibut, Cous Cous, Plum Tomatoes, Crabmeat, Grilled Corn, Leeks, Balsamic, $36.
Bronzino, Semi Boneless, Kalamata Olives, Capers, Fresh Plum Tomatoes, Garlic, extra Virgin Olive Oil, $38.
Herb Rubbed Bone-In Filet Mignon, Goat Cheese Potato Croquette, Grilled Asparagus, Sherry Mushroom Demi-Glace, $44.

A separate menu is issued for dessert.

Whether it's lunch or dinner during the week, cocktails at the bar, a chance to celebrate an occasion, or the opportunity to enjoy the Holiday Season, visit La Griglia. You'll be delighted that you did!

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Millicent K. Brody is an award-winning writer and photographer and a resident of Westfield, New Jersey.  Contact her at

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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