Delicious Dining at Deanna’s

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to write about one of our favorite places to eat – Deanna’s in Lambertville, NJ.

If you haven’t been there you are seriously missing out. Deanna, the owner, is in the kitchen day and night cooking up amazing meals for her guests. She makes homemade pasta every day. Not many places can say that. When I tell you her pasta melts in your mouth… ok I’m drooling just thinking about it.

My favorite dish hands down is Deanna’s Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas in Cream Sauce. Again, I’m drooling thinking about it. The pasta melts in your mouth and the cream sauce is not too heavy. The prosciutto is cooked perfectly and sliced super thin. This dish is probably my entire family’s favorite dish as well. At least 2-3 people order it each time we are there. But everything Deanna offers is incredible. Some of our other fave dishes are: Pasta with Arrabiata Sauce (spicy marinara) or the Pasta with Sautéed Chicken and Mushrooms in Gorgonzola Cream Sauce. Another one of my faves is an appetizer that isn’t on the menu but is sometimes offered as a special. It is figs with gorgonzola cheese with a jalapeno honey sauce. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and tangy.

They have a bar in house and I can honestly say they make a mean dirty martini. Deanna’s offers Local Nights on Tuesday & Wednesday where guests may order a prixe fix meal for $20 which includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert.

Deanna’s uses all fresh ingredients and even has a garden on site where she picks fresh herbs. Guests may dine either inside or outside. Often times, the hubs and I will opt to eat our dessert outside after we finish our meal indoors.

The staff is great and if you go there once, they will remember you forever.

So head on over to Deanna’s in Lambertville, you won’t be disappointed.

 Deanna’s is located at

54 N.Franklin Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530 

 609-397-8957      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Trattoria Dopo Teatro

Recently the hubs and I were visiting the city (New York City that is) and planned to have lunch at Trattoria Dopo Teatro. We did a little research online and this spot was near where we were going to be, the menu looked scrumptious and priced just right.

For an appetizer we ordered the Eggplant Campanada which consisted of eggplant, olives, capers, pine nuts. It was a great mix of sweet and tangy.

For our main course, we shared the Dopo Teatro pizza which is mozzarella, arugula, prosciutto and truffle oil. It was out of this world! My husband and I debated as to whether it was the best pizza we ever had or not. I’ve realized recently that I’m a huge fan of truffle oil.

For dessert we shared the profiteroles, which are similar to a cream puff but instead of cream inside it’s vanilla ice cream with tons of chocolate sauce. They came as a pair, so it was perfect for sharing.

We will definitely go back there again if we are in the area.  I’m dying to go back to try their Gorgonzola e Pere pizza. The ambiance was super cute and you felt like you were in a quaint Italian restaurant in Italy. The servers, the owner and even some customers spoke Italian. It wasn’t over priced and the food was truly spectacular. It’s always fun when you find a hidden gem.

Tico's: Princeton Gem!

September 18, 2009
By PScoop Blogger Katie DeVito

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Like great food? Who doesn’t! Are you a bit of a health nut? Ok, maybe I’m not, but I like great food. And I am a huge fan of Tico’s Eatery & Juice Bar on Witherspoon Street (although it faces Spring Street) in downtown Princeton.

Tico’s is one of the few juice bars that offer wheatgrass shots in the Princeton area. Wheatgrass is said to help detoxify the body and keep you healthy. What a great natural alternative to medicine. They also make fresh juices to order and have everything from orange and pineapple to carrots and beets. If you are more in the mood for a smoothie, they have the best! My favorite is the strawberry banana, plus all of their smoothies are made with non-fat frozen yogurt. Custom-make your own smoothie or choose from one of the already declared favorites such as the Jamaican Jammer.

Juice bars and smoothies aren’t your thing? Try one of their quesadillas, panini’s or Jose’s Chicken Salad. Their quesadillas are the best I have ever had, not to mention the chicken salad is amazing. Everything is made fresh daily and with the highest quality ingredients.

They are open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm and Saturday from 9am-3pm, serving breakfast, lunch and the occasional snack or juice. If you don’t have time to sit and eat and watch the passers-by, you can order something quick to go or grab something in their “on-the-go” section. Plus, you can always stop by the University Store for a meal on the run as they have their great food there too.  Did we mention they do catering?

Tico’s is a mom and pop shop serving great food in a friendly atmosphere. Once you go there, they will know you by name. It’s no wonder Tico’s is one of the gems of Princeton.

Plus we love them because they are on Twitter @ticoseatery. Follow them!

Written for Princeton Scoop (www.princetonscoop.com) by Katie DeVito.