The Princeton-raised Procaccini Brothers are creeping into the restaurant scene with a fresh mix of local produce and a strong sense of what people want, great food in a comfortable environment. If you think the North End is comfort food, you need to go to Osteria Procaccini where Pizza cooks in about a minute-and-a-half thanks to the “Pavesi Oven” which merges gas-fired technology with terra cotta brick to distribute the heat. If you want a great pizza, panino or salad go to Kingston North on Rt 27 from Princeton and you won’t be disappointed.
The Food: Salad, Pizza and your choice of a several Panini are all made with fresh local and organic ingredients. Herbs and some of the veggies come from their father’s garden and most of meats are Applegate Farms so you don’t have to worry about nitrates and all the other nasty stuff happening in meats. Panini’s are $8 but if you come here you are best off ordering a pizza that will come out in a blink of an eye. Pizza ranges from $10-16 and include some beauties like
The “Antonia la Capriciossa” ($16), fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, artichokes, kalamata olives and salami. The “Nonna Cesina” is $14 and is a cheese lover’s paradise. Gorgonzola, mozzarella, ricotta and provolone with fresh tomatoes and basil. The “Rucetta e Prociuto” ($16) is perfect if you are in the mood for a salad and a pizza. Fresh mozzarella and prosciutto topped with baby arugula shaved parm with a sweet and tangy balsamic reduction. For an additional $1.50 you can add your own toppings like Cheese (Feta, Goat, Gorgonzola, Provolone or Ricotta), Veggies (Artichokes, mushrooms, red onions, roasted red peppers or sund dried tomatoes). Other options include Anchovies, Capers and Sausage.
Salads range from $4-11 and are made of organic ingredients and local from the family garden when possible. You’ll find a Greek ($9), Caesar ($9) and interesting fresh mixes like the La Pera with fresh anjou pears, gargonzola, red onion and walnuts in a spring mix. House made dressing is a good sign of fresh and these guys have that down.
Atmosphere: Welcoming and simple. Wooden tables line the edge of this small shop. There is a back deck for larger gatherings.
Service: Friendly warm and on point. All the food comes out really quickly and the servers are all very nice. This is a sit and order spot but there is little waiting involved making this a great option for lunch.
The Drinks: BYOB
The Last Bite: You’ll be back. Either here or to their newer location in Pennington. With ample street parking and a quick return of the food this a great spot for lunch. The modern mix of local fresh organic ingredients with old world traditions is both a healthy and hearty place to go for lunch.
4428 Rt 27
Kingston, NJ 08540
Doors open for lunch Tues-Fri at 11:30