Open M-Th, 11:30AM - 9PM, F 11:30AM - 10PM. Closed Weekends.
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Since it opened in 2006, Settimo Cielo (translation: Seventh Heaven) has consistently served the best Italian food in Trenton. Service, under head-waiter Henry’s watchful eye, has always been excellent.
It’s a fancy joint; a perfect place for a romantic night out or a fancy occasion meal. With superb quality Italian cuisine at Trenton prices, you can even afford to go there for a casual dinner after work.
Recently (late 2014), the founders opened a second restaurant in Hamilton. With their focus split, they are currently closing Settimo Cielo in Trenton on the weekends. The Trenton restaurant has always been strongest for business lunches, and struggles on the weekends (except when Passage Theatre is in performance). But now it’s simply closed Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant has never marketed itself well, for example, waiting until 2015 to even provide a website.
All that kvetching aside, Settimo’s food is still sublime. 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. Other highlights include the eggplant rollatini (simply decadent) and the luscious orecchiette with mozzarella.
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). The restaurant has an excellent bar, however–so if you want to come in for a cocktail or a meal at the bar, you’re sure to have a divine experience.
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 very good.
Private rooms are available for larger parties.
While we’re still unhappy that Settimo is closed on weekends, we’ve decided to keep its gravitas as 5-hearts. Rumor has it that the restaurant is going to reopen on weekends shortly. We certainly hope so.