We haven’t been back to Il Nido since last December (just before Joseph the owner passed away). Chef Voller was already gone for several months back then. When Chef Voller left, owner Joseph told us that they were planning on opening a more casual affordable restaurant in the strip mall (selling pizza, hamburgers, and fried chicken sandwiches, among other things; similar to what they did over the summer on certain days during Covid), and that Chef Voller would be the chef at the new casual restaurant. I’m not sure how that is progressing since owner Joseph’s unfortunate passing.
Although we absolutely loved Il Nido, we just can’t seem to get ourselves to go back. I don’t see it being the same without the warm greeting from Joseph who always took such good care of us, and made sure that we had our special table reserved each month. Also, the prices have just gotten too exorbitant, almost to the point of price gouging (almost $40 for pasta, $62 for a small filet mignon, $56 for short ribs, $59 for lamb shank, seafood dishes for close to $50 with barely a side dish). It seemed like every month we go, the prices would go up $5 or $10. They were charging more than Manhattan prices and are located in a strip mall in the middle of nowhere.
We have also found some really excellent restaurants up North (although an hour away from us, but we don’t have to take the horrible Garden State Parking Lot).
We may return at some point in the future, but are in no rush.