The Squirt: Three floors of elegant, yet casual, Italian Mediterranean dining.
Must Eat: Rustic Baked Lasagna
Prices: Moderate to Expensive
Tre Piani is located in the Princeton Forrestal Village in Princeton, New Jersey. It serves excellent Italian-Mediterranean cuisine. The atmosphere is causal elegant and has an open feeling dining room on the main level with high ceilings and other dining rooms on the 2nd and third levels. They are also excellent for parties for larger groups. I can verify for that, having attended a suprise birthday party at Tre Piani a few years ago. They have a great menu selection ranging from appetizers, salads, light entrees and pastas, all the way to excellent regular dinner entrees. They do have many fish selections, for fish lovers, as well as meat dishes.
Our server for the evening was Ashley, who was very pleasant, efficient and easy going. She was also didn’t rush us to make up our minds on what we wanted to order.
Ren and I ordered an excellent Rizzi Barbera d’alba from Italy. It was a delicious red wine with a full rich flavor and an excellent finish. We were given some yummy Italian bread and olive oil for dipping. We have to say that the olive oil was one of the best we’ve ever had. It had a unique wonderful flavor to it. We are going to search high and low for this olive oil so we can have it at home. The bottle was even pretty and picture worthy.
For appetizers, we ordered an order of their famous Fried Local Calamari, which was tossed in an Italian sweet and sour sauce. It really was great and had a really tasty flavor. We also ordered a Pizzette with four cheeses, pepperoni, spinach and ricotta cheese. It was a very thing crusted pizza with a really wonderful flavor to the crust. It tasted a little smokey in flavor and was truly unique. Yummy. Many times, we order a smaller entree for an appetizer so we can try a bit of everything. It expands your dining capabilities.
For dinner, Ria ordered the Rustic Baked Lasagna, baked in a terra cotta pot with , four cheeses. bolognese sauce and béchamel sauce. It was really delicious! The béchamel adds a very rich flavor to the lasagna.
Ren and I were both in the mood for fish that evening. We ordered the Swordfish skewers with safron risotto. The taste of the swordfish was phenomenal. It was so tender and had an essence of the smokiness that pizza crust had. The risotto was really flavorful and moist and went very well with the fish. There was a delicate white sauce drizzled on the plate that we were able to dip the fish in. Very delicious! Molto squisito!
For dessert, Ria ordered the fresh fruit with home made whipped cream, which she gobbled up in no time. ;-)
Needless to say, we enjoyed our meal at Tre Piani. The lively fresh atmosphere, terrific service from Ashley and delicious food all added to our excellent time that evening. We look forward to dining at Tre Piani again.