Our story

First introduced to Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood in 2010, Osteria Morini brings the soulful cuisine and convivial spirit of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy to Bernardsville, New Jersey. Known as the Italian Breadbasket, Emilia-Romagna is also the birthplace of some of the flavors and ingredients most commonly associated with Italian cuisine worldwide: prosciutto, mortadella, parmigiano, and balsamic vinegar.

In Italian, “osteria” means a place where the owner “hosts” guests, and we’re excited to host you in our New Jersey home.

Corporate Executive Chef Bill Dorrler oversees the kitchen operations at Osteria Morini, led daily by Executive Chef Jonathan Rice. Osteria Morini’s wine list was curated to include wines native to this part of Italy.

Osteria Morini received three stars from both the New Jersey Star Ledger and New Jersey Monthly. We look forward to welcoming you to Osteria Morini.


Bill Dorrler Corporate Executive Chef, Morini and Nicoletta Restaurants

Jason Gillespie General Manager

Jonathan Rice Chef di Cucina

Katie Knevals Executive Pastry Chef

Kelly Verardo Bar Director, Morini & Nicoletta Brands