Chef DeAnna, aka Diana Paterra, a New Jersey native with over 30 years of restaurant experience, is the chef/owner at DeAnna’s. Her love affair with food began as a child with total immersion in Italian-American culture. Her grandparents were the culinary inspiration—rolling, canning, braising, roasting, blanching, and of course, making all kinds of homemade pasta. From pasta making to butchering, DeAnna lived and breathed (and ate) Italian. DeAnna specializes in authentic, simple but delicious and consistent Italian cuisine with a focus on healthy and fresh ingredients.
DeAnna’s has been in Lambertville, NJ since 1990, 15 1/2 years in a small 30 seat cozy space and currently 14 years in an iconic building with a more space and a liquor license. We have a beautiful garden for al fresco dining and have live jazz every Friday. DeAnna has been recognized in many well known publications and has been invited to be on the Food Network. Most recently, DeAnna was honored as New Jersey’s top female chef by USA Today 2018. She is currently working on a cookbook as well as a coffee table book to honor all of the years of decorating (something DeAnna’s is known for). DeAnna’s partner Lisa Nichols is the pastry chef, front of the house and the creative genius behind the decor. Together they have created an authentic, warm restaurant where everyone feels like staying.
DeAnna makes her pasta fresh everyday from high quality semolina and durham flour. For us, it’s all about the taste, texture, fresh ingredients, and an age-old Italian tradition while at the same time keeping the menu current to reflect seasons and what our customers like. DeAnna’s has loyal customers who have been coming since she opened in 1990 who, while they may be tempted to try something new, they gravitate to their favorites! We are on second and third generations of customers! DeAnna’s can accommodate most allergies. Check out our menu and the current wine list. Our wine list is perfectly matched to our menu and restaurant concept … small, artisanal, family-owned vineyards with history of wonderful quality wines at affordable prices.
DeAnna’s can accommodate private parties for family functions, corporate dinners etc. Please call Lisa at 609.397.8957 for more specifics and special requests. Our beautiful garden also makes a perfect backdrop for parties. We can help you coordinate special menus, flowers, special desserts.