Two five-course tasting menus, one from the land and one from the sea, have been curated to show the best of what is around us. All menu items are also available a la carte. You are welcome to bring your own wine and beer.
Chef Randy Forrester has been named a 2019 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. Osteria Radici was named a 2018 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best New Restaurant and one of the Best 30 Restaurants in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
A terrible odor of wet basement or old vegetables met us walking in that became less noticeable after a few minutes but started our experience badly. We stuck it out on Mother’s day. There were some good parts: crusty bread, an elegant scallop crudo with capers and honey, and a tataki seared just right. But the pasta de Gallo with lamb and steak with mushrooms were criminally over salted. When mom mentioned this, the server simply said “oh” and then ignored our requests for water while we poured our own wine. This restaurant makes a big deal of its James Beard semi finalist chef. We could imagine a really good night when this might have happened but we had no such luck and will not go back
This was a much anticipated dining experience that fell quite short. We did the tasting menu (you can choose from meat or seafood) and we chose the meat. I'll make this brief. The place is VERY small, they run it with 2 people total....one in the kitchen and one in the front of the house. Maybe it was an off night but I just don't have anything good to say. I judge a meal by saying "what did I eat that was memorable" or I can't wait to try again (or tell someone about) and there was nothing here. In fact there were 2 courses that were just not for me. Scratching my head at the love they are given from the James Beard Foundation.
Almost an hour drive each way for us. Food was absolutely amazing and beautifully presented. Duck breast with Caracara orange sauce was so delicious. I flaws start to finish. If I had a wish it would be for wine glasses with stems and that they move closer to where I live. Go and enjoy, you won’t be disappointed.
Loved the food, service and coziness of this restaurant. Each dish was beautifully prepared and delicious. Excellent service. Nice that is BYOB.
Our third time here and it's been better each time. The dishes are so original, you won't find them anywhere else. I love the fact that the menu rotates weekly. You also won't find better fresher ingredients. That, along with quaintness of having only six tables really makes it a special culinary experience. Can't wait to go back!
Finally, real Italian in NJ! I had an absolutely wonderful experience at Osteria Radici. The food was perfectly prepared and seasoned, and the service was attentive and helpful without being overbearing. Everything from the made-in-house bread with olive oil, to the crispy pork cheek, to the perfect cappuccino was like a trip back to Italy. This ranks up there with the best meals I've had. Can't wait to go back!
What a gem in the sleepy town of Robbinsville. We traveled from Philadelphia to try this James Beard nominee last Friday and it didn't disappoint. We ordered a la carte but would now go back for the pre fixe. The dishes were flavorful and cooked well. And many restaurants could make note of the service here - there when you need it but not hovering. This restaurant is worthy of the hype.
Excellent food. If may cost a little more then other restaurants but you get what you pay for! Worth every penny. My wife and I enjoy quality meals and the meals were top notch. If you are afraid to pay for quality, find a nice chain to go to. We prefer locations like this with excellent quality and service. Also being a BYOB is a bonus!
We had a lovely dinner at Osteria Radici! Superb food in a quiet, unassuming setting in the little town in which my grandparents once lived. What a gem, and worth of the many accolades it has received! Especially loved the Sea Trout Crudo with caper honey, the Roasted Mushrooms in nduja vinaigrette, the Pressed Pork Cheese with salsa calabrese, and the Moulard Duck with hay smoked cabbage. Will definitely return!
Every time we visit Osteria Radici Chef Randy succeeds in exceeding expectations. The current menu is one his best creations and proves how lucky we are to have a NY/Philly caliber restaurant in our home town.
While I was a little bit intimidated by some of the menu items, our server was extremely knowledgeable and informative. He helped us to navigate the choices and we weren’t disappointed with any of his recommendations. We are looking forward to coming back again soon!
Love this small gem of a restaurant!! Never disappointed 🙌🏼👌🏼😋
Had a wonderful meal. Food and service were great! Not really much of an atmosphere. Good level of noise so that you could converse.
Both tasting menu choices were absolutely brilliant. It's not for everyone because you need to be an adventurous eater and the voices are limited, but with that note of caution I would highly recommend it to anyone. It's extraordinary to find such a gem in a small town with a handful of tables turning out such great food.
Finally a local restaurant that is worth going to! A small, quiet, fine dining establishment in the middle of nowhere. The food was excellent, and although there is nothing fancy about the venue, there is plenty of room between tables to have a conversation. We had the chef’s tasting...served by the chef himself...and were pleasantly surprised by the quality. Now if only there was a liquor license...
Clean flavors, ‘Simple’ food with a modern twist. Loved the food will definitely go back.
It would be difficult to overstate how impressed we were with this amazing little restaurant! Everyone in our party fancies him/her self to be seasoned in fine dining, but rarely are we in full accord. This night (at long last) we speak as one!
Make no mistake, this is not my mother’s Italian food. Our five-top sampled the entire menu, which is equally divided between two five course tasting menus. Two of us had the seafood tasting (dal mare) and two ordered from the land (dalla terra). The fifth wheel had two courses from each menu. This warrants mention: there is no requirement for the entire table to order from the tasting menus nor a minimum number of courses. Flexibility is the order of the day.
Chef Randy’s food challenges each guest to reconsider the range of flavors and ingredients which commonly combine to create a dish. Indeed, there’s nothing common about this food. Consider, sea trout crudo with caper honey. For someone who once didn’t let his vegetables touch the meat, surely trout and honey would be a bridge too far. But it was amazing! That said, there are also offerings which strike a more familiar tone. The Barnegat scallops, beautifully caramelized with sunchoke and sesame provides comfort that the art of grilling scallops is not yet lost. Similarly, crispy pressed duck with broccoli rabe and salsa calabrese harkens one back to a time when duck fat, in the hands of a gifted chef, is an art form in itself.
I’ve barely touched the surface here. Did I mention that the bread is homemade? But here’s the best part: Randy Forrester is a one-man show. There is no sous chef, no pastry chef, no line cook, no dishwasher. Truly, a living, breathing “Chief Cook and Bottle Washer”!
Amazing! We did the full tasting menu and every dish was outstanding.
The food was excellent. The ambiance is fine but was ruined by the selection of music playing; Led Zeppelin and The Who. The service lacked attentiveness and the waiter neglected to introduce himself by name.
Radici never disappoints. There are always a few new inventive dishes,
combined with favorites like the Sea Trout Crudo.
The Pressed Duck with broccoli rabe and salsa calabrese is not to be
missed. Can't wait to go back!
Overall, was a good meal and we generally enjoy tasting menus for variety and portions. Some hits and misses as to be expected. Winter beans were outstanding and the surprising standout of the two tasting menus (we had both). Spaghetti and olive oil semifredo were also very good and we would defn order again. Scallops, black bass and lamb sausage were all fine/enjoyable but didn't create a lasting impression. Sea trout crudo was interesting but the very thin slivers of fish got lost in the abundance of caper honey. The smoked cabbage and accompanying carrot and orange purees outshined the striploin itself. The gnocchi was prepared well but gamey for my palate (nothing wrong with the dish by any means). The coconut budino was our least favorite - we didn't taste any coconut in the foam and that highlighted the strange consistency. The ladyfinger crumble on top was enjoyable though.
Great food! Always unique combinations that are delicious!! Can’t wait to go back!!
Thought the menu was very limited in selections, and confusing to know what were appetizers and what were entrees
We have driven buy many times and we finally made it in. Delicious food, very nice staff and I love that it's what I like to say: "the size of a shoebox". Menu is different every time. You pick appetizer, entree and dessert a la carte or, you can do the tasting menu. BYOB. I would definitely go again!
Very limited menu and a little pricey.
Atmosphere was ok but presentation could have been a little more for those prices.
Quality and taste of food was very good, service was excellent.
No desire to go back.
A friend of ours directed us to give Osteria Radici a try. And, what a wonderful experience we had! We chose the five course menu, and since there were two choices, we each chose a different tasting menu, thereby we were able to try 10 different items. Each was very well prepared, presented, and delicious in every respect.
You should know that, if you would rather not do the tasting menu, you can order anything you’d like on the menu a la carte.
The waitstaff was terrific and the owner/chef brought out several of our items and engaged us re: the inspiration and preparation of the course being brought to us. Another must is the homemade bread, which is a wonderful start to an enjoyable meal. Also, know that this is a BYOB and that, because there only about 20 seats, reservations are highly suggested, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Osteria is open for dinners only from Tuesday through Saturday. We highly recommend that you “give it a try” as we were urged to do.
Fantastic blend of flavors put together for a meal that satisfies the pallet. I’m a big dude so I did the tasting and overall was pleased. I’m happy for this place to be in the neighborhood and plan on going back soon. Great Job Osteria!
Fabulous, inventive, fresh
Great food that was very creative. Tasting menu is the way to go if eating there.
My wife and I had an amazing meal last night. Our server Jocien(sorry for the spelling) was awesome and was very thorough on explaining the menu to us. The tasting menu portions are very generous and very well prepared. Each dish popped with so much flavor. Chef came out to serve a couple of our courses and took time to explain the dishes. Great experience and will be back for sure.
Christmas gift to both of us from each other.
We were absolutely delighted with our first, and certainly not our last!, experience at this special place. We look forward to sharing this gem with our friends and family. Looking forward to coming back soon!
Great food and really attentive & polite staff. The swordfish pasta was outstanding and should not be missed. Thanks for a great date night. Hope to come back.
Outstanding food and friendly service. 5 course tasting menu, one for fish and one for meat but you can mix them up or order ala carte. My wife had the meat tasting menu but the desert from the fish menu. I had the lamb shoulder and swordfish pasta. Food was the best in this area. Very accomodating to my low salt diet. Can't miss. Price what you would expect for great food.
Very accommodating to Celiac/gluten free. Two five course tasting menus (sea vs land) and can mix and match by the course. Also able to order a la carte. BYOB. Intimate atmosphere and great for a special occasion.
The food was superb! We had a party of four and all choose the 5 course tasting menu. Half of the menu
was "sea" choices while the other half was "land".
The food was delicious and the chef/owner were very friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant.
We thoroughly enjoyed the food and service. We especially liked the fact that Randy and Ally spent some time explaining the food selection, all of which were creative and very tasty. We are looking forward to returning.
The menu is very limited; 2 apps, 2 entrees, 2 veggie courses and 2 desserts so its hit or miss with respect to liking what they are offering. Swordfish was prepared beautifully but was over salted for my taste. Veggie side (cauliflower with pancetta) was delicious. We didn't have dessert.
We absolutely adore Osteria! Randy and Ally are amazing hosts and the dining experience is unlike any other in this part of NJ! The presentation of every meal leaves your mouth watering before even taking a bite and once you do, it's an experience you will never forget. we are so thrilled that they are in our quaint little town!