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Top 5 Italian Restaurants in Ridgewood/Glen Rock, Per Yelp! Reviewers

Agree or disagree with the citizen-driven restaurant ratings on Yelp!?

Websites like Yelp! have empowered the everyday eater to become their local neighborhood's New York Times food critic, praising and damning behind the anonymity of a computer screen.

Some peeved restaurateurs have argued Yelp! is little more than a "forum for the uninformed," a digitally-savvy clan of unsophisticated palates with little-to-no culinary education.

True or not, the reviews listed on the website unquestionably impact popular perception. Will you dine at a place one newspaper critic gave a dazzling review to if the same restaurant was scorned by the unwashed masses? Maybe. Maybe not.

So how does the average joe rank the many restaurants in Ridgewood and Glen Rock?

Based on Yelp!'s star ranking, we countdown from #5 down to #1 on Italian fare. We'll break down Yelp! rankings of other Ridgewood and Glen Rock restaurants by cuisine over the coming days. So stay tuned.

Many of the restaurants accrued the same star rating, so in the case of ties the restaurant with the greater number of reviews is ranked higher. A minimum of five reviews is required to qualify.

5. A Mano, 3.5 stars, 64 reviews

"Having lived in Naples, I know what Neapolitan pizza should be," said CO of Allendale. "The pizza here is it. If you like this style of pizza, this is as good as it gets in North Jersey."

4. Francesca's, 4 stars, 10 reviews

"Everything is delicious and authentic here," said Lorena L., of San Diego. "They believe in using only fresh ingredients and make everything on premises daily. Their menu isn't like others since they use their family's recipes from Sicily." 

3. La Lanterna 4 stars, 13 reviews

"Favorite local restaurant," wrote Lisa V, of Glen Rock. "Fresh and delicious food. Ask for the 'original room' for perfect atmosphere!"

2. Pasta e Pollo, 4 stars, 16 reviews

"Love this place!" wrote Glen Rock's George W. "Cozy little restaurant with fantastic food! For some reason a lot of locals overlook this gem.  If you are looking for a great tasting, filling meal, this is the place for you. Portions our very generous, so it is quite likely you will be bringing some to go."

1. La Bottega 4.5 stars, 11 reviews

"Excellent spot," Kevin D. of Westwood commented. "Nice addition to Ridgewood. Stopped in for lunch recently -- great sandwich, service. Place was busy, nice business for a Thursday. Highly recommended."

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Do you agree or disagree with the Yelp! top 5 list? RoCCa in 2012 was selected as Patch readers' favorite Italian restaurant, but falls out of the top 5 on Yelp! (It ranks much more highly on Tripadvisor and Opentable.)

Like A Mano, RoCCa, La Piazza, Tre Voci and Osteria La Fiamma also garnered 3.5 stars.

Mike Kender February 18, 2013 at 04:06 AM
I'm glad to see that Pasta e Pollo made the list. It's unpretentious with good food. They also do good takeout.
NP February 18, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Although we have enjoyed the food at Rocca over the last couple of years, especially the great home made pastas, it bothers me that for the high prices, I have to sit in a space that is so seriously in need of updating. A little paint, a little artwork on the walls.....And, I never sit in the little side room. That is just claustrophobic.
ag February 18, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Mangia on Prospect Street in Glen Rock should be on the list! Great Pizza, pasta, entrees. They also have VERY good gluten free pizza and pastas.
beansprout February 18, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Love Francesa's and also Mangia Trattoria, both in Glen Rock. Have been to A Mano three times and was disappointed all three times. That place is totally over-rated.
Mary February 18, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Space is TOO crowded.....food average
TSDK February 18, 2013 at 07:48 PM
We love Francesca's and RoCCa. I like RoCCa because even though it's technically Italian, it has more of a fusion element to me. Sometimes there are cool, interesting things on the menu that I wouldn't think of as typically Italian. I also disagree on the decor. I feel it's warm and inviting, I love the big window, and I've been to some events in the side room that definitely didn't feel claustrophobic at all. RoCCa is hands down my husband's favorite local restaurant. We like Francesca's a lot too- I just miss their paninis. They were great. I don't know why they took them off the menu. But they're clean, super-friendly, and I've never had something I didn't like. We have friends from Oakland that drive here for their "Grandma's Pizza". Mangia was awesome the one time we got in, but it's way too packed and wait too long when we can get there. Good for them, bad for us! But that must speak to how good they are.
thetentman February 19, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Natalie's is my favorite.
Music Gal February 19, 2013 at 09:02 PM
RoCCa, Christmas Eve, 2010: The pistachio-crusted salmon was sublime. Even the non-fish lovers in our crew were won over by this dish!

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