De Novo: The European Pub

Located on Bellevue Ave., the European-inspired ‘gastropub’ specializes in charcuterie, pasta dishes and elevated American entrees.

Great cuisine from De Novo in Upper Montclair.

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Photo by Eve Mahaney for The Montclair Dispatch.

De Novo, opened by restaurateur Demetri Malki, has been serving the Montclair community as a European pub that is not only family-oriented, but serves meals that make sure to satisfy your appetite. Malki, who has opened and operated many restaurants around the state of New Jersey, including D’Metri’s and Table 8, decided to open De Novo in Upper Montclair in hopes to create a warm and inviting environment for all to come enjoy a scrumptious meal.

The menu at De Novo incorporates starters, salads, flatbreads, pastas and entrees. For starters, you can choose from over a dozen different plates including a hummus plate with grilled pita, crudités and olive tapenade, buffalo style spicy wings with buttermilk ranch dipping sauce, mussels in white wine and herbs, fried calamari with marinara sauce and orange remoulade, fish and chips and more. All starters range in price from $8 to $15.

For those who are looking for a lighter meal, De Novo offers a variety of salads including Caesar salad, Garden salad, Greek salad including Romaine lettuce, kalamata olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, mint oregano vinaigrette, Blue Cheese and Pear salad including arugula, endive, grilled radicchio, blue cheese, hazelnuts, roasted pear puree and citrus vinaigrette and more. All salads range in price from $6 to $13.

De Novo also offers flatbreads of all kinds including margherita which has tomato, mozzarella and basil, pepperoni which has pepperoni and provolone, pear which has pears, bacon, blue cheese crumbles and arugula and prosciutto which has prosciutto di parma, fig marmalade, goat cheese and arugula. All flatbreads range in price from $9 to $12.

“My favorite meal to order from De Novo are the flatbreads,” said customer Paul Grener. “What other place do you know that serves flatbreads with pears on it? Everything about this place is amazing!”

Being one of the best meals in the entire restaurant, De Novo offers a variety of pasta dishes including rigatoni bolognese, homemade gnocchi, spaghetti carbonara, fettuccine, cavatelli and more! All pasta dishes range in price from $16 to $19. As for entrees, De Novo offers Zuppa Di Pesce which has mussels, clams, shrimp and scungilli in a spicy tomato seafood broth, Hanger steak which is charred dry-aged hanger, potato mash, wilted spinach, shiitake mushrooms, gorgonzola cream and salsa verde, a Veggie Burger with spicy chipotle aioli on a homemade brioche bun with a side of sweet potato fries, Black Angus Chuck Burger topped with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms and swiss cheese on a homemade brioche bun with a side of fries and much more! All entrees range in price from $11 to $24.

If you are one for happy hour, be sure to stop in De Novo every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for $5 win, $4 select drafts, $5 Tito’s vodka mixed drinks and $5 sangria. De Novo’s hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The bar is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. For more information, be sure to visit their website at

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