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As soon as you walk through the doors of Nunzio by Chef Michael DeLone, you immediately feel like you’ve been transported from Collingswood to a piazza in Italy. The décor is exquisite and unique. As you look around the main dining room you’ll see artwork of neighbors peering out of windows, fountains and painted landscapes.

If it’s Wednesday, which is Opera Night, you’ll hear the incredible voice of Shanley Horvitz from nearby Voorhees, singing Italian classics and a few favorites (she performed a beautiful Italian and English rendition of “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” from Disney’s “Cinderella” for the young one in our group).

STAFF PHOTO / Truffle croquette

A meal here is an immersion of all your senses. If you close your eyes, you can concentrate on your sense of smell, which picks up on garlic, truffle and tomato sauce.

STAFF PHOTO / Braised veal

My friend and I chose to visit during Truffle Week, where the four dishes on the tasting menu had mushroom truffles, and then dessert was a chocolate truffle tiramisu. We had a truffle croquette, homemade bucatini in a truffle cream sauce, a seared scallop covered in butter-poached leeks and a truffle hollandaise, and braised veal shoulder atop a truffle goat cheese risotto. The portions were just right; this wasn’t your typical sampling where you get a bite of food and wish there were more; instead, you got a full dish, and still wished there were more.

STAFF PHOTO / Homemade bucatini

Other options on the menu include charred octopus, pear salad, housemade fennel sausage, white and black truffle gnocchi, squid ink spaghetti arrabbiata, Kurobuta pork chop, roasted chicken piccata, and roasted carrots with gorgonzola and spiced nuts. The dessert menu includes zeppoli, chocolate torte, cannoli and salted caramel budino.

NUNZIO BY CHEF MICHAEL DELONE / Crab Gravy

You can opt for a special chef’s tasting menu any night of the week, although everyone at your table would have to agree. Chef DeLone also offers other themed weeks, like Crab Night, Seafood Week, and Small Bites & Sangria.

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The restaurant is upscale, and perfect for date night, a family gathering or a holiday, and kids are welcome. There are high chairs if needed, and you can order selections like flatbread pizza or macaroni with sauce off the children’s menu. There are two outlying dining rooms if the kids are loud, or you can choose to eat earlier in the evenings when it’s less crowded.

Nunzio’s is BYOB, and parking along Haddon Avenue is metered, so keep that in mind before coming. To celebrate the season, Nunzio’s will offer takeout meals and Thanksgiving dinner on-site; Lunch With Santa on Dec. 3, the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Dec. 20, and New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31.

Nunzio by Chef Michael DeLone is located at 706 Haddon Ave., Collingwood. To make a reservation, call 856-858-9840. Hours are 4-8:30 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 4-9:30 pm Friday and Saturday, and 3-8 pm Sunday.

Check out our Instagram reel for a look at Nunzio by Chef Michael DeLone!

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