manhattan-Style  Italian Trattoria 

in downtown Pennington, NJ


Esteemed Chef Camillo Tortola (Camillo's Cafe) brings his authentic Italian cooking to Pennington

Camillo's philosophy about food is clear and classically Italian -- he's passionate about authentic flavors inspired by techniques that are pure -- with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. Born and raised in the small village of Miranda, Italy, Camillo fell in love with cooking as he watched and tasted his grandmother's recipes. Early on he understood that Nona's combination of Roman and Neopolitan cooking style was wholesome and unique. The taste of her natural ingredients combined with the right colorful presentation inspired Camillo to become both an artist and a chef. Camillo was classically trained at the Roccaraso Italian Culinary School and is also a trained sommelier.

Learn more about Camillo's Fresh Pasta and Housemade Desserts


(609) 737-7174



T-Th 11:30–2:30, 5-9
F-Sa 11:30–2:30, 5-10
Su 4–9

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Camillo’s Popular Italian Restaurant Reopens at Avanti Location in Pennington

Good news! Camillo is back. After a hiatus of two years during which time he had closed Camillo’s Cafe in the Princeton Shopping Center, Camillo Tortola has opened Camillo’s Avanti. He recently purchased Avanti Restaurant at 23 West Delaware Street in Pennington, and is now ready to offer customers his traditional classic Italian cuisine in Camillo’s signature relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere...

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Bill of Fare: Pennington's Camillo's Ristorante Italiano on the rise

After chef Camillo Tortola closed Camillo's Cafe in Princeton more than two years ago he started a small pasta company and spent some time in sales. It didn't take long for him to miss working in the kitchen.

"I wasn't happy," he said. "That's what got me to come back."

He's still making fresh pasta, but now he's doing it for his customers at Camillo's Ristorante Italiano at the site of the former Avanti in Pennington...

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