Boston Chef Brings Authentic Italian to New Jersey

Chef Jeff Malloy of Boston's Carmen restaurant, located in the competitive North End Italian district, opened an authentic Italian restaurant called Il Forno Cafe & Trattoria in West Windsor, New Jersey.

Outside of Princeton in West Windsor Village at 358 Princeton Highstown Road, the current BYOB establishment provides a "Prohibition List" of non-alcoholic custom-made drinks and serves lunch and dinner six days a week.

Chef Malloy holds accolades from a Zagat-rated restaurant 27/30, including Boston Magazine's Best Of Boston.

"Although I have to divide my time between West Windsor and Boston, I did it for love," says Chef Malloy, who co-owns the new restaurant with girlfriend, Melissa Virgilio. "Once here, I quickly realized that there was nothing like this in the Princeton area. I wanted to give people a taste of true Italian food at reasonable prices while still providing a white table cloth atmosphere.”

Il Forno is a reflection of Chef Malloy’s travel experience in Italy during his training years, and pasta and pizzas are not the primary items on the menu.

"If someone is looking for a place to go to order a gigantic pizza to share with friends or family, this isn't their place," Chef Malloy says. "However, I invite anyone who wants to try our delicious Neapolitan pizza as an appetizer or salad, followed by a delicate fish dish or meat selection and end with a frothy cappuccino—that's more like a true Italian meal."

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