Lilo Pizza & Bistro in Tappan


I came across these photos on my hard drive from a meal at Lilo Pizza & Bistro in Tappan back in the fall. My apologies for not sharing them sooner. And, it’s been so long, I don’t have specifics on the flavors of the dishes. I do remember the pastas being quite good. This is the linguine with red clam sauce. Lots of garlic, right?

The restaurant is a comfortable place, with lots of wood and earth tones. There’s a cozy red banquette in the back.

More photos of the interior, and other photos of pasta and pizza, after the jump.

Looking toward the front of the restaurant from our table, you can see the wood surrounding the bar and the open wine racks.

This is Nona Pellegrino’s Marinara Pie, named after owner Rick Pellegrino’s grandmother. I guess I’m just not a fan of cheese-less pizza. (Sorry Nona!) I would like to try another pie, because the crust was nice and thin with a good char on the bottom.

Penne alla vodka with shrimp:


I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful on the flavors! Has anyone else been? What do you think?

The 411 on Lilo Pizza & Bistro.


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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  1. My husband and I decided to try it out last night. It was a pleasant surprise! We were greeted by lots of smiles. We had their appetizer special of shrimp with white beans, escarole and asiago cheese — very scrumptious! Also noticed that every table ordered the same. My husband ordered linguine with a seafood marinara sauce – although the clams were a bit tough, the dish itself was something he would come back for. Here’s the tricky one. I always order linguine with white clam sauce and for that would only go to Banchetto Feast until I find another place that can get the taste I want – garlicky, with a sauce rich in sea salty clam juice (butter will help). This place did not disappoint! The pasta could have been more al dente. We are definitely coming back. Priced moderately, we paid around $35 per person, wine, dessert and coffee included.

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