It’s impossible to think back to the heyday of great restaurants in Trenton and not talk about Diamond’s. For 23 years, Diamond’s was the jewel in the capital city’s restaurant crown, legendary for the finest of authentic Italian cuisine and the best wine list in the county.

If you’ve missed Diamond’s in Trenton these past few years, here’s some great news ‒‒ in September, owners Thomas and Anthony Zucchetti celebrated their two-year anniversary at their new location in the Pennington Shopping Center. Yes, Diamond’s is back, and even has one of its original chefs, Armando Rodas, crafting the exquisite meals Diamond’s (and until 2009, her sister restaurant, Diamond’s Oceanside in Ortley Beach) became renowned for.

Over the years Diamond’s ‒‒ named for the Zucchettis’ father when it first opened in Historic Chambersburg in 1982 ‒‒ has been awarded the DiRoNA Award as one of the most Distinguished Restaurants in North America, the fittingly named Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, and Zagat Award of Distinction, among many others. Yes, even in an area teeming with great Italian food, Diamond’s still outshines all others.

And do you know what goes best with the best seafood, steaks, chops, sandwiches, and other fine Italian food? Superb wine, of course. Diamond’s is also legendary for its perfect food and wine pairings.

And you don’t have to take their word for it when it comes to the wine list. Another impressive credential to add to its list of accolades is the August Award of Excellence, given to Diamond’s by none other than Wine Spectator magazine in its August “Best of” edition.

The magazine’s Restaurants Awards honors restaurants that offer “a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.”

In 2009 the Zucchettis took a break from the restaurant life but learned you can’t keep the shine off a crown jewel for long. The brothers decided it was time to relive history, and when they opened the door to the new Diamond’s in September of 2013, they hit the ground running. “Thanks to the support of all our old customers over the years and the new locals, our first two years in Pennington have been a huge success, even beyond our optimistic projections,” says Tommy Zucchetti.

Diamond’s also features the “Fab Five Happy Hour,” where professionals meet after work for five hours a day, five days a week with $5 food and drinks. An additional happy hour is offered on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Also on Sundays is a brunch special from noon to 5 p.m. $29 per person includes live entertainment and a sit-down meal.

The Zucchettis are also happy to announce two up coming events. The first is Diamond’s “Doo Wop Days and Vegas Nights” on Friday, September 25, at 7 p.m. Performers include Johnny Petillo, Motown tribute artist Bill Brown, and diva Lisa Harris.

For its next special event, on Friday, October 23, Diamond’s offers the Voices of Legends with Johnny T, country’s greatest one-man tribute show. Dinner is at 7 p.m. followed by the show and dancing at 8 p.m. Call 609-730-1244 to reserve a table for dinner. A $10 entertainment fee applies for both events. For more information, visit DiamondsofPennington.com.

By the way, Diamond’s isn’t just a place to go for an excellent night out. Diamond’s is also the perfect place for your private or corporate party ‒‒ it’s “Where Business Gets Done,” in the Ruby Room, Sapphire Room, Wine Room, and Chevy Room. The restaurant also offers fine catering and delivery.

“We want to thank all our patrons, the ones who dined with us in Trenton and the new folks we see every day,” Zucchetti says. “We’re glad to be back and we’re glad to be building a new tradition with new friends.”

Diamonds, 25 Route 31 South, Pennington. 609-730-1244. www.diamondsofpennington.com. See ad, page 16.

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