Cocco Bello Café, a local BYOB located in Livingston, NJ, is a modern Italian restaurant featuring menu items representing all regions of Italy. Our neighborhood restaurant offers an exciting menu using only the freshest ingredients including meat and fish arriving daily and produce from local farms. We feature house-made pasta and desserts as well as seasonal specials.
The owners of Cocco Bello Café look forward to the continued patronage of the people in the neighborhood and beyond.
Dine with friends and family in our newly renovated restaurant. Stop by to view Chef Rob make his pasta on the premises.
“The best memories are made when gathered around the table.”
Come join us around the table and make memories at Cocco Bello Café
Robert Giordano, Executive Chef
Born in Livingston, NJ, Chef Rob has returned to his hometown to cook for neighbors, and friends, old and new! After receiving his degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales, Chef Rob went on to study at the Italian Culinary Institute in Calabria, Italy. Formerly a chef at Scarpetta, Milos, and Vandal in NYC, Rob began his culinary career in NJ at the Highlawn Pavilion and The Manor. His time as a chef in NYC has given him the opportunity to hone his culinary skills and bring innovative techniques to the New Jersey dining scene.
“Returning to Livingston as the head chef of Cocco Bello, a locally established restaurant, has been an exciting time for me as a chef. I look forward to creating new memories here in Livingston by serving my customers with the best food imaginable.”
This was our first time here, since the reopening in October. For a Tuesday evening, it was packed. First bonus, BYOB! With friends, we shared the Caprese Salad. The tomatoes were deliciously ripe and the mozzarella, homemade - seasoned to perfection. We shared the Brussel sprouts appetizer, never had a tastier dish, prepared to perfection, delicious and generous portion. I had Chicken Boscovivo, so tender and tasty with mixed vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, and potatoes, a huge portion. I could have cleaned the plate with the delicious homemade bread (but I didn't). My husband had the broiled scallops special, not on the regular menu. Although only 4, they were jumbo with white asparagus and avocado. Delicious! Our friends had pasta dishes, with a special substitute request. Not a problem, delicious homemade pasta. We all shared the Tiramisu dessert, a perfect, light dessert. Service was exceptional especially since it was so crowded. Rob Giordano is a native of Livingston, so accomplished - an extraordinary chef! We are delighted to have fine dining in our town. I will definitely return!
- Ellen P