NJ Monthly Review
THOSE WHO REMEMBER MOUNTAINSIDE’s Sun Tavern will be pleased to know that a good Italian restaurant has taken its place. The owner of Mosaico, Guatemalan Rudy Carrera, has designed the restaurant with an open kitchen and decorated it with mosaics, attractive lighting, and polished wood floors; screens with colored-glass panes divide the dining area from the kitchen. Read More
The Star Ledger
Colorful Italian mosaics, a blue bahia granite bar from Brazil, mahogany woodwork and British copper tile help make the ambiance as fascinating as the food at Mosaico.
“We really went all out with the décor,” owner Rudy Carrera said about the impressive-looking new establishment on the site of the old Sun Tavern. Most striking are the mosaic pieces after which the restaurant is named. They were reclaimed from demolished villas in Italy, then polished and recut to shine on the front wall of the busy open kitchen. Other nice touches run from the copper-fronted menus to handsome frosted glass and wrought iron lighting fixtures set at exactly the right degree of brightness. The thought that has gone into everything is apparent, even down to the bread basket, which is worthy of note for the fresh foccaccia and delicate crostini that really add to the enjoyment of the rest of the food. Read More
Walking in through the Mediterranean archway conjures up images of the Tuscan coast. An open kitchen surrounded by colorful mosaic tiles greets you after a warm welcome by the attentive staff. The aromas of Italian cuisine pervades the room and moves you to a quiet Italian countryside where the chianti flows freely to wash down baskets of bread and trays of antipasta. The dining room is large and comfortable and supported by beautiful wood beams running the width and length of the room. The centerpiece of the room is a large wall filled with stained glass lit by candlelight. The side of the room is lined with open, authentic wood framed glass doors that lead to a private dining room. Read More