Montclair offers a seemingly endless selection of restaurants, Italian ones in particular; after a while they all sort of blend together into an indistinguishable mélange of marinara sauce and meatballs. But when your palate craves something fresh and different, set your sights on Luce Italian Restaurant in Caldwell for a welcome change of pace.
An established mainstay on the Caldwell dining scene, Luce opened in 2001 by owners Joseph Capasso and Dino Vitagliano, who sought to bring the polished, contemporary dining experience of New York City to Luce.
Featuring an Italian-inspired menu, Luce serves up classic favorites with an eclectic spin. But don’t write them off as a staid bastion out of touch with other culinary inspirations. In 2011, Luce brought a new chef to their kitchen, searching high and low for the best candidate to revamp and improve their menu and image. They found the perfect fit in executive chef Steve Sarangese. Formerly of Babbo in New York City, and Vetri in Philadelphia, Sarangese brings an elevated and finely tuned style to the menu at Luce.
For my full review, see my article on Hot From The Kettle