Seventh Heaven Italian (Settimo Cielo)
Settimo Cielo 17 East Front St, Trenton (609) 656-8877
Editor’s Pick for Best Restaurant in Trenton
Settimo Cielo (translation: Seventh Heaven) may just be the best Italian restaurant in Trenton. It’s not in the ‘Burg, it’s on Front between Broad and Warren, adjacent to the center of downtown revitalization in Trenton on Warren Street.
Settimo Cielo has now been open a couple of years, and has proven itself to be consistently excellent. It’s also a “happening” place. Come in almost any evening, and meet a friendly cross-section of Trenton’s movers and shakers.
But it all starts with the food. Take, for instance, the Pasta Bolognaise. Pasta in a red meat sauce, right? What could be simpler?
Well, at Settimo Cielo it’s a work of art, as good as the one we had in Sienna a few years ago…apparently the chef receives whole sides of veal and butchers them himself…grinding his own veal for this sauce. Simple and utterly delicious.
Then sample the Chicken Paradiso. It didn’t think it was possible for me to be BLOWN AWAY by any chicken dish. But at Settimo Cielo the chicken arrived at our table and just seemed to melt in my mouth, with an utterly delicious sauce.
The chef-owner (Franco Rivas) and head waiter (Henry Mendez) come from Ecuador, and worked together at Il Giglio on Warren Street in NYC (Warren St to Warren St….hmm there’s a pattern here).
The wine list is on the short side, but the prices are reasonable (almost wine shop reasonable, and great for a restaurant).
Food prices are very reasonable for the quality but not cheap (everything is ala carte). Figure around $100 including a generous tip for two appetizers, two entrees, and an inexpensive bottle of wine. More if you pick expensive entrees. Portions are generous…you won’t leave hungry. Service is friendly and consistently good, all under Henry’s watchful eye.
Private rooms are available for larger parties.