Trundling past stone-walled Pennsylvania farms of new green and budded trees of pinks and purple, we arrived in Stillwater, PA, home to the Old Tioga Farm – the quintessential farm based restaurant. A cuisine of staying power, multiple centers of focus, earnestness, nothing here is inauthentic. As they noted, we emphasize not the chef, but the ingredients themselves. The vivid flavors, a touch of heat, aromatic freshness… Rustica, robusta, authority, passion all come to mind. Oh yes, of course — Italy!
Jay & Jo Ann Jackson (York, PA)
Dinner last night was brilliant! Kudos to Justin and Dillon Naylor on an amazing meal and true hospitality. I had the privilege of watching Dillon grow up while in residence at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. She and her husband have created a jewel box of a restaurant and working farm on a rolling hill — their take on farm-to-table Italian cuisine is on point and deeply delicious. Thanks for a wonderful evening!
Peter Brown (New York, NY)
Old Tioga Farm embodies the true meaning of a farm–to–table restaurant. Justin and Dillon are preparing honest, impeccable, truthful food, plucked from the charming kitchen garden, that’s mere steps from their back door. There’s no pretense, only soulful deliciousness. It’s wonderful to see Justin realizing his dream of cooking beautiful, fresh food, and how very fortunate are the few who have the opportunity to dine here. The whole experience, from the inviting hospitality of the hosts, the thoughtful music that provides a soothing background, to the Italian–style service of superb food, makes the trip to Stillwater the highlight of our summer.
Kathryn Shockcor & David Talmo (Wilmington, DE)
Recently I attended a dinner at Old Tioga Farm while I was nearby hiking with friends for the first time at Ricketts Glen State Park. I live in the Pittsburgh area. The experience we had at Old Tioga Farm was genuinely unforgettable. The etiquette at this restaurant was spot on and could not have been more perfect and the skill of the chef was genuinely perhaps the best I have ever experienced. If I lived nearby I would without a doubt frequent this restaurant and if ever I am nearby to this town again I will without a doubt make another reservation. Living near Pittsburgh I am surrounded with many great restaurants. The experience I had at the Old Tioga Farm was one of the best culinary experiences I have ever had, if not the VERY BEST! If these two lived in Pittsburgh I can tell you the price paid for such quality and such a wonderful dining experience would be much more expensive and the people in this community are genuinely blessed to have such amazing culinary talent!
Angela Suroviec (Pittsburgh, PA)
What a refreshing and delicious return to tradition! During my fifteen years working with wine and food, I’ve grown quite weary of pretentious restaurants, pre–made triple reduction sauces that upset my stomach and offend my soul, and the muddied flavors that stem from belabored, overly complicated dishes that seem designed for marketing instead of dining pleasure. Let Old Tioga Farm be the antidote. Justin and Dillon boldly eschew the artificial and superficial with an unyielding focus on ingredients, classic preparations beautifully carried off, and plenty of Old–World charm and grace. Add Justin’s wine savvy (yes, a chef who understands wine!) and fine touch in the kitchen, and your experience is complete. Prepare to be overwhelmed with subtlety and finesse.
Patrick Farrell (Annapolis, MD)
This food was straight up amazing, and easily one of the best meals I’ve had in my life. Everything is from the farm or locally sourced. The bread is great. For an appetizer, we had pan-braised zucchini with caramelized onions that I still dream about. It sounds so simple, but it was so delicious. I’m vegetarian, and they were more than happy to accommodate me. The rest of the guests had lamb for a main course (which I heard was really great), and I had involtini di melanzane (eggplant involtini). I’ve truly never had eggplant cooked better. Highly, highly recommended.
Kat Zagaria (Chicago, IL)
We love all things Italian and travel there as often as we can, so an authentic Italian dining experience in an historic farmhouse right in our community is a treasure indeed. Justin and Dillon serve up the real deal, in a welcoming atmosphere and with locally-sourced foods. We look forward to each season’s offerings.
Kathy & Jerry Arcuri (Benton, PA)
When I first found out about Old Tioga Farm from a friend, I watched the menus on the website for a few months hoping to see a vegetarian meal listed. To my dismay, none of the dinners were entirely vegetarian. I took a chance and emailed Justin and Dillon; Justin assured me that my vegetarian diet could be accommodated. However, accommodated didn’t even begin to describe my experience at Old Tioga Farm. From the first meal, Justin and Dillon went out of their way to ensure that my husband and I felt welcomed. They have ensured that our meals are different each time we visit, despite dining with them nearly once a month. They send a preview of the vegetarian menu prior to the meal to ensure all of the items listed are things we will eat. Every meal we have had at Old Tioga Farm has been fabulous; so much so that my husband and I have a hard time choosing our favorite dishes. This is by far our favorite restaurant and we will continue to patronize Old Tioga Farm as long as we’re able.
Regina Genovese (Berwick, PA)