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Osteria Radici in Allentown, NJ
I found this little local gem in the latest restaurant issue of New Jersey Monthly Magazine. Not only was it named one of the top 25 restaurants in New Jersey by the Magazine but it was also named a semi finalist in 2018 for the James Beard Foundations Best New Restaurant Award. Osteria Radici opened last October on the quiet main street of historic Allentown on the western edge of Monmouth County. Radici is Italian for roots. “Our idea,” the owner says, “is to celebrate the diversity of Italy, all its regions, all its microclimates.” Following Italian tradition, Osteria Radici’s à la carte menu is divided into four courses: al inizio (at the beginning); poi (then); per seguire (to follow); and per finire (to finish). “We want to be flexible,” Randy says, “but we like people to eat through the menu because it’s the best representation of a traditional Italian meal, hitting different notes and regions with every dish.” The menu is constantly changing but here is a sample offering: Note that they do offer a 5 course tasting menu for $84. It is a 24 seat store front restaurant so seating is limited. I will try to get as many spots as possible. It is al BYOB so please make sure to bring the wine!

Osteria Radici

4 S Main St, · Allentown, nj

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This meetup group is for those who enjoy fine dining and like to share the pleasure with others who enjoy the same! Great food, stimulating conversation, new friends and possibly a good wine to enhance the experience! Life is short – food is good! There are so many outstanding restaurants in the Princeton area such as Rats, The Peacock Inn, Agricola and Mistral. And although Princeton could keep this group busy, I do see us occasionally branching out to Philadelphia and New York, two of the most sensational restaurant cities in the United States. Is there a new “star” chef you heard about and wanted to try, a Michelin Star restaurant you have always wanted to dine at or possibly visit the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) for the day? The possibilities are endless and suggestions are much appreciated. The dinners range from $50 to over $100, depending on what you order. Tip and tax add 30% to your individual bill. Please sign up for a meetup only if you are willing to make the commitment. The monthly meetups will be limited to 6 to 12 members depending on the restaurant. (So sign up early) Reservations in a fine dining restaurant cannot always be changed easily or be adjusted to a smaller table on a short notice. Members who reserve a spot and cancel close to the date for a second time will be removed. I’m looking forward to great food experiences with new friends. Bon Appétit!

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