Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ristorante Toscana, Cherry Hill

One of the more popular BYOB Italian restaurants in South Jersey can be found in a picturesque strip mall along Route 70 in Cherry Hill. The Village Walk Shopping Center (aka 1990 Marlton Pike East) is home to an eclectic mix of retail shops, including New Balance, Megu, and Miel Patisserie, and is also built around a scenic seating area featuring a very realistic and pleasing waterfall and pond. Overlooking this water scene, Toscana Ristorante features about a dozen outdoor tables with umbrellas for outdoor seating in nice weather. This is a unique feature in the predominantly indoor-seating standard for South Jersey restaurants.

Inside you'll find a Tuscan style design with lots of exposed brick wall, lush plants, and wood floors. The restaurant prides itself on having a rotating wood fired grill, apparently the first one in the United States. Whatever the case may be, it pumps out some good food, and most of the dishes are baked, not fried or drowning in butter like many other restaurants. This is a refreshing change from the norm!

You'll want to make a reservation if you're headed there on a weekend. It can get pretty packed but it also has a substantially large floor space so tables regularly are rotating open.

When you get down to it, this is a classy place where you'll get a good sized dish, that is freshly made and very tasty, and at prices that are not going to break the bank.

To get your table, call 856-489-7373 and for more info visit

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