Opened to the public at the end of 2011, Ottimo Cafe has brought a whole new meaning to the words cultured and sophisticated. Akiva Reiner launched his vision, Ottimo - an Italian Dairy cafe - in Howell, NJ, a small suburb just outside of Lakewood. From the unique black and white decor with attractive walls and lighting, to the uncompromising quality of homemade food, Ottimo, defined as excellence, achieves just that.
Executive Chef Jason Cappetta, a graduate of the prestigious Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts, helps bring a fresh and modern approach to classic Italian and American cuisine. He takes pride in the fact that all the food is made from scratch - from the pastas to the sauces - nothing is pre-made. Ottimo's menu offers lunch, dinner, and healthy options, so it’s suitable to every palate. The Gnocchi, Salmon Dumplings and Teriyaki are all house specialties and come highly recommended.
Take a loved one out for an anniversary and enjoy the glow of the candle-lit table to complement your enchanting meal. Be sure to have the "Pappardelle," a tomato herb pasta, doused in sun dried tomato cream sauce with roasted red peppers. And don't forget to try out one of the many types of homemade desserts. The homemade "Souffle" or "Tiramisu" is a favorite and a flavored cappuccino, latte or milkshake will enhance your every choice.Ottimo hosts private parties on the premises and has a separate banquet area that will seat up to 75 people. In this private room, you can rest assured that you will not be bothered by the regular hustle and bustle of the cafe. There is a take out option for those on the go or if you need a last minute supper idea. With affordable pricing yet an expensive touch, you should consider taking a break from your hectic routine to enjoy Ottimo’s heavenly food and comfortable ambiance.
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Recently I went to eat at the Ottimo Cafe in Howell, NJ. Although they were pretty busy the service was superb. The food was very tasty, and the portions were nice. I would strongly recommend this place.
Absolutely great!! Attractive decor, great variety of gourmet dishes and most important the Ottimo souffle was made to perfection. It arrived at our table hot (not burnt) accompanied by delicious vanilla ice cream. A must have! FYI... it must be ordered with your entree as it is made while you eat. Can't wait for the fresh natural juices to be available!