Bon Appétit By Janet Curran Perlman, photos by Dan Epstein Il Vicolo F or more than 13 years, in the face of economic downturns, shifting demographics and changing tastes, Livingston's popular Il Vicolo restaurant has endured and prospered, thanks to owners Jimmy and Benny Qosaj. e Qosaj brothers continue to strike a winning balance in their restaurant's fare by oﬀering traditional Italian dishes side by side with more sophisticated continental additions. Whenever we visit Il Vicolo, we're pleased to notice that the menu boasts new and upscale features. is time we spotted the newest counterpart to its popular baked brie appetizer: a meltingly warm round of goat cheese inside a crunchy walnut crust, beautifully enhanced by crisp, sweet melon slices, all served in a sublime dressing and priced at $8.95. Another newcomer: Polenta-crusted Jumbo Shrimp, tenderly prepared, served over spinach with a zingy ginger sauce, $8.95. But longtime customers will still ﬁnd favorites such as the Fennel Salad, $7.95, tangy Balsamic Calamari, $8.95, and Zuppa di Clams. e clams, also priced at $8.95, are served in an excellent plum tomato sauce with basil, garlic and saﬀron and slices of delicious garlic bread for dipping. Perfect for fending oﬀ the chilling winds of March is a winning entrée, Filet Mignon Ravioli. Here, plump homemade ravioli are ﬁlled with savory ground ﬁlet mignon and served with wild mushrooms in a sage and red wine sauce. Priced at $15.95, the dish appeals to the eyes as well as the palette. A Longtime Favorite Continues to Please 52 Vicinity MAGAZinE March 2010
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