Is it a Tuscan farmhouse or a Southwestern hacienda? Tough call. The decor may be confused, but the food is not. It is hearty and well-prepared ... More
Is it a Tuscan farmhouse or a Southwestern hacienda? Tough call. The decor may be confused, but the food is not. It is hearty and well-prepared Northern Italian with a decidedly rustic slant. Herbed Roast Chicken and Marinated Pork Chops are top choices for the locals who come here, as is the Fish Stew made with the freshest ingredients. You fill also find house-made pastas with a choice of excellent sauces. The service is personable and quick. The wine list is good, featuring some nice Italian vintages.
Italian Colors is great spot for lunch, dinner or for just having a cocktail or two. In good weather, if you wish, you can dine out on the covered patio. The menu contains many staples plus daily lunch and dinner specials, featuring from simple to some very intricate, imaginative dishes that cover the spectrum from fresh seafood to meat, pasta and salads. The food is fresh and everything, for the most part, is well prepared and beautifully served. Colors pizza's are excellent,varied and made to order. No frozn pizza's here.
The wine list is extensive and varies from domestic to imports. The well appointed, curved bar lends itself to good conversation and on any given evening you'll find it filled with people smiling, laughing and drinking. Don't be afraid to sit down amoungst the crowd because before you know it, if you wish, you'll become part of the group. The restaurat patrons vary from young to old and at any given time one will also see many familes dining there.
The staff is knowledgable, helpful and can give the diner an excellent overview of the menu specials and staples. Many of them have been there for a number of years and greet returning diners like old friends. At times when the restaurant is crowded the level of service sometimes will taper off a bit, but not to the point of diner frustration.
I would reccommend Italian Colors in Montclair to anyone who enjoys good, fresh food, wonderful presentation, and a warm, friendly atmosphere.
I've been dining at Colors for several years and have no qualms in taking friends or business associates there for lunch or dinner.
Parking can, at times, be a drawback - but not enough to forgo my dining there.
Italian Colors is my favorite Italian restaurant! I've been going there for the better part of a decade and they've yet to disappoint me. I heartily recommend it!
The food is marvelous! Don't expect tiny portions presented in an trendy manner. While the presentation is very nice, the portions are as substantial as they are flavorful and fresh.
Suggestions: any of the pastas, the Linguine and Clams, the Chopped Salad and their desserts are wonderful!
Their wine list is above average but it's OK to bring your own wine from your cellar as well. There's a nominal corkage fee, of course.
When all else fails (you haven't made reservations and you don't feel like cooking) this is fine.
By A Yahoo Contributor, 7/28/07
The food is merely o.k. The portions are hearty, but not a lot of imagination goes in to the preparation. On the otherhand, the service is great and kids are always welcome. It's a very easy unpretentious restaurant.
Whether your looking for a romantic dinner for two, and evening out with the kids, or a nice place for a dinner party, this is one great restaurant. Great food, nice surroundings and terrific service can always be found here.