This place has been here forever, and by forever I mean at least 60 years. I don’t know how many owners it has had, but the last time I was in here was with my father, and that was at least 30 years ago or more. The neon sign is a hint that the place has been here since the 1950s. My wife loves Italian food and wants to try it since we pass by all the time. Tonight was the night to try it since her friend was in town and she was buying, so why not.
They have wine by the glass or bottle, and of course if you are going to have more than 3 glasses, its better to buy a bottle which will give you 4-5 glasses for the same price. In this case I opted for the sangria, $15 for a half pitcher, which easily got us 4-5 glasses, although there was quite a bit of ice. This is also a great option if you don’t want something too strong. I drank 4 glasses and did not feel a thing, not sure if it was the sugar or it was just very low in alcohol content.
Let’s start with the good stuff, their Chicken Marvin is a boneless pan sautéed breaded chicken cutlet with melted fresh mozzarella, mushrooms and tomatoes in a francese white wine sauce. It comes with a side of steamed vegetables or pasta with marinara sauce. It is really good. Not sure if it commands the $24 price, but was delicious.
Me, I went with something more traditional. My wife does not eat shellfish due to an allergy, and she is also gluten free. So needless to say linguine with clams is out, and I’ve been craving it for months. Here was my chance to have it. What I can say good about this is that they prepare and serve it right. It has whole clams surrounding a bed of pasta with the chopped clams on top. They nailed it there, but the sauce was lacking a bit. It should have been a bit thicker and more acidic, it was lacking the white wine, and as you can see no parsley. The lemon is there, but even a dab of butter to thicken and give it a bit of sheen to make the sauce stick would have helped. I was not happy to pay $19 for something I could have made at home, but the portions are generous no matter what you order, probably even enough to feed two people.
All the time 1950s Doo-Wop music is playing to set the mood of a casual dining place of yesteryear, which is exactly what it is. Picture yourself in a small family Italian restaurant on a street corner back in the old neighborhood. I am not sure if it should command the prices it does, but this is probably because there are only a dozen tables in this small place and they can only turn over so many meals and patrons each night to keep the rent paid and everyone happy.
The staff is very friendly and efficient, and they even accommodated us on a busy Saturday night without a reservation.
Miele’s Restaurant – 125 Bloomfield Avenue Verona NJ 07044
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