La Pergola

Northern Italian Ristorante

Treat Your Mom This Mother’s Day

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”

– Milton Berle

Celebrate Mother’s Day
in our beautiful dinning room.
Bring her favorite bottle of wine,
sit back and enjoy
our special a la carte menu.

We will be open
for lunch and dinner
on Mother’s Day, May 11th
between the hours of 11:30am and 9:00pm.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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La Pergola Celebrates 4th Valentine’s

Join us – starting tonight – for a Complimentary Cocktail Party to Celebrate La Pergola’s Fourth Valentine’s Week!

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For the fourth year, La Pergola will be celebrating our annual Valentine’s Week with a complimentary cocktail party for our valued customers, friends and family.

Come join us on February 10th, 11th and 12th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm for gourmet hors d’oeuvres and samples of our famous homemade pasta.

We look forward to sharing our story and our food, and to the opportunity to thank the community that has supported us.

After the complimentary cocktail party, we welcome you and your special someone to get a table and order from our regular and specials menu.

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BYOB at LaPergola

BigDaddyBeerAt LaPergola we invite you to bring along your favorite bottles of wine or spirits, to enjoy as you relish our savory dishes!

Beer can be enjoyed with a meal just as much as wine! Consider a double IPA to pair with our filet mignon! (Big Daddy Imperial IPA – Speakeasy Brewing Company)

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New Parking for LaPergola

Parking at LaPergola just got easier!

Thanks to the brand new Millburn indoor garage built right on the front our restaurant, our guest can park anytime!

After 6pm, parking is free!

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Table Hopping with Rosie

Restaurant News – njmonthly.com

June 01, 2011 03:37 PM ET | Rosie Saferstein

LA PERGOLA, MILLBURN

Large glass windows beckon you to La Pergola, a new northern Italian BYO restaurant at 120 Essex Street, Millburn. It is named for the wooden lattice structure/gazebo common to the Italian countryside, which is used for climbing plants and can provide a protected sitting area. The large, cavernous room was once a bridal store, and it’s decorated with colorful abstract pictures. Although the restaurant was full when we dined here, to our surprise it was not noisy.

The menu features Italian staples such as pasta e fagioli, buffalo mozzarella and tomato, fusilli Genovese, fettuccine Bolognese, and veal Toscana or Milanese. Vegetarians are not forgotten; they can make a meal from fresh appetizers such as stuffed artichokes, grilled vegetables, and asparagus Milanese, as well as salad and pasta options. We were happy with our two fish entrées: a special of grouper with leeks, shiitake mushrooms, and champagne sauce, and a whole branzino, which was brought to the table for our approval before it was cooked. The house-made tiramisu surrounded with strawberry syrup was deliciously rich and was one of the better renditions of this frequently seen dessert that we have encountered in some time. La Pergola is open Monday through Friday for lunch and daily for dinner. For reservations, call 973-376-6838.

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Star Ledger: “La Pergola is a Millburn Marvel”

Source: Star Ledger

Published: Friday, October 28, 2011, 7:47 AM
By Cody Kendall/For The Star-Ledger [Read article on NJ.com]

Stylish La Pergola is a perfect fit for affluent Millburn. Those who value graciousness above bargains will feel at home behind the arched windows, with sheer curtains artfully draped to give both a view and a feeling of exclusivity.

Opened in February by chef/owner Agron Kaloshi and his wife, Driola, this Northern Italian stop already has attracted a loyal crowd. Kaloshi, born in Albania, attended culinary school in Florence. In this country, Kaloshi cooked in New York, with a résumé that includes Il Mulino. He displays sensitivity with his sauces and combinations of ingredients, cooking to the expectations of his sophisticated audience.

The re-done interior of a former bridal salon, highlighted by a large chandelier, is calming in tasteful shades of cream and brown put together by Driola Kaloshi. In this setting, it doesn’t seem out of step to drop $30 for pan-seared day boat scallops in a champagne cream sauce or $32 for a grilled New York strip steak with mushrooms.

Not everything is high end, though. Pastas start at $18 for the penne with eggplant and asparagus. The house-made veal ravioli special with truffle sauce, flavorful but light as an air kiss, went for $22. Chicken Fiorentino, a menu regular for the same price, comes in a generous portion but lacks excitement despite the presence of lump crab meat and spinach, as well as a chardonnay sauce. More definition would make it memorable. Along those lines, the grilled quail special ($26) stuffed with figs and Gorgonzola offered a savvy statement over wild mushroom risotto.

Folks yearning for something more stick-to-the-ribs could gravitate toward the grilled hot and sweet sausage ($24) with Tuscany beans and broccoli rabe, or the pork chop giambotta ($26) — potatoes, onions, peppers, sauteed mushrooms and sausage collaborate to turn this selection into quite a meal.

For starters, grilled shrimp ($14) over a salad were done exactly right, but the lemon dressing should have been applied with a less generous hand. I recommend as an appetizer the perfectly prepared asparagus Milanese ($12), glamorized with a captivating crust of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. There is a choice of several salads, among them arugula, pear and candied walnuts ($12) with lemon dressing for a good blend of sweet, savory and tart.

While enough captivating choices are on the menu, which also lists specials, there is yet another group of unwritten specials. These are announced by a waiter holding a plate of plastic-wrapped fish, including one of our favorites, branzino.

But do we really need to see the raw fish? Perhaps some guests might, though I would trust this kitchen to supply us with fresh fare. However, the waiter never showed me that plate, and I couldn’t hear him through the chatter around us when he announced to the other side of the table how the fish would be prepared. Adding to the problem with this approach, he neglected to mention the price. The chef is quite proud of his whole branzino, made with white wine, lemon, artichokes, cherry tomatoes and black olives, yet it’s only fair to tell those considering the dish that it costs $38.

One of the things we most enjoyed was the Limoncello mascarpone cake, priced at $8.50, as are all the deserts. This is creamy and flavorful yet almost fluffy; it contrasts with the dullness of the routine ricotta cheesecake. With opportunities such as the cranberry pecan tart and the apple tart with vanilla syrup, it’s better to step away from the ordinary here.

A big plus at La Pergola is the parking. There are 20 spaces behind the building, plus a huge lot across the street. It’s nice not having to hunt for a spot in a town as busy as Millburn.

La Pergola is a pretty location, with food in the same spirit. The great variety offered means repeat visitors will never be bored.

La Pergola
120 Essex St., Millburn. (973) 376-6838. www.lapergolanj.com.
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 4-9 p.m. Sundays. BYO.

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Reviews

Our Zagat review highlights: "An "extensive" menu of "enjoyable" classics "pleases" patrons of this Millburn Italian, but it may be "quiet sophistication" that is the primary draw..."
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Diners' Choice Winner LaPergola is a proud Open Table's Diners' Choice Winner.
(read online reviews)

Convenient Parking

We invite you to take advantage of the new indoor parking garage directly across the street.

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A Delicious Gift

Wondering what to give to your friend or relative who has no need for "stuff"?

May we suggest a gift certificate to La Pergola for a fine dining experience?

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Convenient Parking

We invite you to take advantage of the new indoor parking garage directly across the street.

Hours

Monday-Friday: 11:30am to 10pm
Saturday: 5pm to 11pm
Sunday: 4pm to 9pm
Saturdays & Sundays:
Open at lunchtime for private parties.

BYOB

Bring along your favorite bottles of wine or champagne, to enjoy as you relish our savory dishes!

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Reviews

Our Zagat review highlights: "An "extensive" menu of "enjoyable" classics "pleases" patrons of this Millburn Italian, but it may be "quiet sophistication" that is the primary draw..."
(read full review)
Diners' Choice Winner LaPergola is a proud Open Table's Diners' Choice Winner.
(read online reviews)