A friend I grew up with is coming home (from San Francisco) with her family, which includes two kids who are used to eating out at a variety of restaurants (thank goodness...). She emailed to say she's "always craving good (Southern) Italian food when I'm in NJ (very Northern Italian focused food out here) - is Miele's in Verona still any good?" It was their family go-to growing up, and she remembers it as even more "down home" than Il Villagio (in Parsippany).
I'm rarely at a loss, but other than Il Villagio or Reservoir Tavern, I not only couldn't answer her question--I also couldn't come up with any other ideas aside from A Mano, which is too far for them to get to on this trip.
So...any recs in eastern Morris Cty or western Essex would be greatly appreciated! Doesn't have to be fancy--just GOOD. And of course, BYO is preferred. Thanks, 'hounds!