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Settimo 7 is the sister restaurant to our beloved Settimo Cielo, which was Trenton’s best restaurant for 12 years until it closed in 2018. The Hamilton restaurant opened in 2014, and in my mind has always been a haunted changeling. Why? First, the location is simply dreadful, on the ground floor of an office building in a huge office park in Hamilton. Where the Trenton location was old-school classy, with gorgeous Mel Leipzig paintings of our friends enjoying dinner in the dining room in situ on the dining room wall, the Hamilton location is ersatz, with framed prints of the Leipzig paintings on the wall. Of course, the visual joke of seeing a painting of the dining room in which you are dining is lost.
It was also a symbol of what was wrong with Settimo Cielo. The partners who ran it were outstanding at operations. However, they were clueless when it came to marketing. Instead of focusing on making the Trenton location successful, they were side-tracked by what, in my mind, was ultimately a fatal distraction.
All that kvetching aside, Settimo’s food is still sublime, even in Hamilton. For instance, the Pasta Bolognaise. Pasta in a red meat sauce, right? What could be simpler?
Well, at Settimo it’s a work of art, as good as the one we had in Sienna… 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 7 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. The Hamilton location is BYOB.