New Jersey is home to a proud Italian-American community, and as a result, Jersey has many exceptional Italian restaurants.

Whether you are looking for a classic pasta dish or a more contemporary take on Italian cuisine, there is no shortage of options in the Garden State.

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Looking at New Jersey as a whole, one of the standout Italian restaurants is Cafe Matisse in Rutherford.

This restaurant serves up creative dishes with Italian and French influences in a really warm setting.

The menu changes all the time, but you can always expect to find fresh, local ingredients and a phenomenal wine list.

If you are in the mood for classic Italian-American fare, you have to try The Franklin Steakhouse in Nutley.

This family-owned restaurant has been a local favorite since 1956, serving up dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana, and veal marsala.

The portions are generous, and the prices are reasonable, making it a great spot for a casual night out.

For a more upscale dining experience, check out Sorellina in Hoboken. This eatery offers a modern take on Italian cuisine.

For example, grilled octopus with cannellini bean puree and truffle risotto is on the menu.

The atmosphere is upscale, but welcoming, and the staff is so good at helping you choose the perfect wine to pair with your meal.

Now, we turn our attention to Monmouth County.

Many of these eateries aren't flashy on the outside, but they more than makeup for it inside with the tastiest traditional Italian cuisine around.

Is your favorite restaurant missing? Let me know.

Now in no particular order, the Monmouth County Italian restaurants that you must try.

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