Vote for Princeton's Favorite Italian Restaurant

Tell us why picked the restaurant in the comments below.


Patch is starting a new feature of “Patch Favorites” where you can vote for your favorite local business in Princeton in a different category presented each week.

While we came up with an initial list, we encourage you to post any businesses we missed that fit the “Favorite Italian Restaurant” category in the comments below.

Voting closes at 9 a.m. Friday. Ties will be broken by whichever business has the most positive comments below, and reviews on Patch Places. We will announce the winner at noon Friday.

The restaurants to vote on include:

Be sure to vote for your favorite place to enjoy Italian food around town, and tell us why it’s your favorite in the comments.

Editors Note: Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

Hank Kalet February 27, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Tough choice, but I like Teresa's. What is your favorite Princeton Italian restaurant?
Sean O'Donnell February 29, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I wish Princeton had a good Italian Restaurant. But I would have to say Camillo's is the best of a mediocre lot.
Eva McKenna Tramontana February 29, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Conrad C. February 29, 2012 at 08:08 PM
On the surface, Princeton appears to have a lot of restaurants. However, most of them are bland, overpriced and have bad service. Literally, out of all the restaurants in town, we can count on one hand the ones we eat at regularly and that are any good. More often than not, we find ourselves eating outside of town and so do a lot of our neighbors. Really mediocre and bland choices locally. And that's in a town that seems to be full of "foodies" and constantly brags about its restaurants. Some of the restaurants on this list shouldn't be allowed to call themselves "Italian". I can buy frozen food that's better than a couple of places on this list.
Hank Kalet March 01, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Don't forget to rate and review your favorite restaurants on their Patch Places page.
Robin Birkel March 01, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Conrad, I hear this often. What are some of your favorite restaurants in town?
Conrad C. March 02, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Robin, Some of the more "sit down" places we've eaten at regularly are Cross Culture in the shopping center for Indian food. Ajihei (only real sushi place in town) and Nassau Sushi (not sure about the other food there, only get the sushi) for sushi. The rest of the so called sushi places in town shouldn't be allowed to serve sushi or use that word. Tortuga's Mexican Village for Mexican we seem to go back to frequently. From the list above I would pick Teresa's, though we have yet to try Camillo's. Two other places we have yet to try that many people I know recommend are Elements and Peacock Inn. Sometimes I get lunch at D'Angelo's or Princeton Soup & Sandwich, those would be my picks for "deli" type places. Everything else, from my own experiences is hit or miss, inconsistent or just plain bland and overpriced for what they are. Lots of great places in surrounding towns also, like Kingston, Rocky Hill, Hopewell etc. I can see the appeal of places like Hoagie Haven, because it's cheap, no frills and consistent. No pretenses at a place like that. Yes, low end junk food, but you know what you are getting every time you go in there with no typical Princeton upmarking of the price. One thing that worries me is all the "chain" places that are opening up all over town. So far we have Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Qdoba, Naked Pizza, Cheebuurger Cheeburger is opening up, Panera etc. I moved here to get away from all of that and now it followed me here.
Robin Birkel March 03, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Thanks Conrad. That's pretty much what I thought you would say. I am also surprised about the chains. I celebrated when Burger King left town. I thought we'd be down to three, when two more popped up. You can't be serious about Cheebuurger Cheeburger coming to Princeton. Please say it isn't true.
Conrad C. March 03, 2012 at 08:00 AM
Robin, Cheeburger Cheeburger is currently under construction in the space that was Carousel. I walked by one day and Carousel was closed, windows papered up and a sign that Cheeburger Cheeburger is opening there soon. I see a disturbing trend here with the chains opening up. I moved here several years ago to get away from all of that and there they come. Where I lived a bit north of here was chain food heaven, nowhere to eat. There also seems to be a lot of people leaving town and an influx of people from other suburbs which contributes to this. I've been doing business here on town for years and finally moved here a couple of years ago. Lately though we find ourselves spending more time in places like Hopewell, Lambertville, Stockton, Pennington etc., which seem to be full of ex-Princetonians! I hope things change for the better with the merger and newly elected officials because things are changing so fast and Princeton will just become another Jersey suburb that happens to have the university.


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