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Anis Maamari of La Veranda, a popular Italian restaurant in Clayton, has brought the same magic to an art deco building in Montclair. Italian standards, such as Caprese salad and pizza Margherita, make up the menu. We enjoyed an entrée of gnocchi‹the potato dumplings are as light as clouds‹and the fettuccine al pesto Genovese with green beans is springlike, its paper-thin slices of red potato a departure from the norm. This is also one of the few restaurants where you can still order calzone, and they¹re perfect, golden brown beauties loaded with spinach and tangy feta cheese. Service is pleasantly attentive, and the wine list offers hearty Italian and Californian varietals to pair with the gutsy food. Dinner daily.
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