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Ten Ingredients: At Casa Dante, Chef Freda Creates Italian Dishes a Traditional Grandmother Would Love

River View Observer: “Your Source for Fine and Casual Dining in Hudson County 

By Sally Deering

 chef freda croppedDuring the summer months, River View Observer likes to slip into the kitchen of some of Hudson’s best restaurants and shine a spotlight on the chefs who create the delicious dishes on their menus. This week, RO visited Casa Dante restaurant a few blocks north of Journal Square on Newark Avenue. Casa Dante opened 40 years ago and changed hands about 8 years ago just around the time Chef Gregg Freda came on board as Executive Chef.

Newark Ave. could use a little fixing-up, that’s for sure, and it appears the street outside Casa Dante will be going through some demo to put in new street lights, but that shouldn’t deter a visit to Casa Dante. Once you step inside the restaurant’s foyer, you are immediately transported to an extremely tranquil setting where a visitor can easily relax and enjoy the traditional Italian cuisine. Another good reason: Casa Dante has its own parking lot, a rarity in Jersey City.

Inside Casa Dante Restaurant in Jersey City Casa Dante’s menu includes Antipasto dishes like Mozzarella in Carrozza, mozzarella, parmigiano encrusted bread, lightly fried; served with a size of the house marinara sauce; Clams Oregnata, Little Neck clams baked with oregano-seasoned bread crumbs; and Fried Calamari, tender fresh calamari lightly fried and served with lemon and a choice of sweet or hot marinara.  Salads feature the Insalada di Avocado, avocado, hearts of palm, fresh mozzarella and diced tomatoes with lemon and olive oil dressing; and Crabmeat Salad, tangy arugula, colossal crabmeat and asparagus in garlic and lemon dressing. And the House Specialty, Seafood Salad ala Dante, chilled shrimp, scungilli, calamari, diced tomato, lemon, garlic and olive oil. There are Pasta, Chicken, Veal, Seafood and Steak entrees, all traditional Italian cuisine.  Chef Freda also creates daily specials, some with a flavorful twist.

Let’s meet Chef Freda!

RVO: Chef Freda, what is your background and how did you get interested in cooking?

CF:  I was born in Newark and raised in Verona. I’m the middle-child. My mother’s side of the family has always been into food. My grandfather Frank Panico was a butcher and had his own shop in Newark. My first job was in King Supermarket where I worked as a cashier while I was still in high school. I was always around food. Then my uncle Frank opened Panico’s restaurant and I started out as a cook, worked my way to sous chef and chef. That was in the 90s. Continue reading Ten Ingredients: At Casa Dante, Chef Freda Creates Italian Dishes a Traditional Grandmother Would Love

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River View Observer- Your Source for Dining Out in Hudson County- Quick Bit…Presenting:Mediterraneo Restaurant

Have you been to the Mediterraneo Restaurant in Bayonne?
Located at 932 Broadway 201-823-2717 featuring delicious Authentic Spanish Cuisine.
Specializing in Seafood for over 25 years.
Major credit cars accepted.
Room available for private parties.
Open 7 days a week.
wwwmmediterraneobayonne.com

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Bayonne’s Best Kept Secret!


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Angelina’s Restaurant Offers Fine Cuisine in a Cozy Hideaway

Angelina's Restaurant 928 Broadway, Bayonne 201-823-3322
Angelina’s Restaurant 928 Broadway, Bayonne 201-823-3322

By Sally Deering

 

When you enter Angelina’s restaurant on Broadway in Bayonne, you’re greeted by an explosion of kitsch – a display of 45s and old photographs on the walls and music by 50’s and ‘60s groups like The Shirelles crooning from the speakers in a dining room that’s more like a salon with pink walls and red and white table settings. The place seats 35 lucky guests and if you’re one of those lucky ones, you’re in for a real treat and a dinner that will make you think your Italian mom is back in the kitchen cooking your favorites just for you. Continue reading Bayonne’s Best Kept Secret!

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Arthur’s Tavern in Hoboken offers Customer Appreciation 15% Discount all day Wednesday








arthurs-steak-house-new-photoArthur’s Tavern, the noted Hoboken steak restaurant, welcomes the New Year by offering a 15% customer appreciation discount off all lunch and dinner checks on Wednesdays.

Treat yourself, your family, friends and business colleagues to this superb discount on Arthur’s famous steaks, burgers, overstuffed sandwiches, seafood and winter specials.

Latest in burgers:
Arthur’s “Hell” Burger – a spicy burger with Cajun seasoning, Pepper Jack cheese and Arthur’s own “Hell” sauce made with six kinds of peppers.
The “Murphy” Burger with 10 ounces of beef served on mashed potatoes with Guinness gravy, sausage, hot peppers, onions and fried potatoes “finished” on the grill and topped with pan sauce.
Seafood, ribs and then some…
Check out Arthur’s succulent BBQ ribs, baked fresh New Bedford scrod, shrimp quesadilla and daily entree specials including Filet Mignon Sandwich, Pork Osso Bucco, Baked Salmon, Surf & Turf, Cajun Crab Cakes, Chicken Salad and Baby Spinach with seasonal vegetables with grilled salmon on top. 
Arthur’s Tavern is located at 237 Washington Street, Hoboken 201 656-5009.  Visit web site: www.arthurstavern.com for menu details.

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Laico’s Restaurant Neighborhood Favorite for Over 30 Years

River View Observer reviews Laico’s Restaurant one of Hudson County’s favorite and Best Italian Restaurants
by Sally Deering

color-photo-of-laicos-restThirty-eight years ago, Louis and Felice Laico opened a neighborhood restaurant on Terhune Ave in Jersey City, where families shared a huge pizza pie, soda came in a pitcher and beer flowed from the tap. A humble family eatery serving delicious Italian cuisine to neighborhood regulars, professors at the local colleges and old-timers who shared colorful stories of Jersey City back in the day.

 Although Louis and Felice have since passed on, their son Louis Laico, Jr, who worked side-by-side with his mom and dad, took over the restaurant, keeping that warm, ‘welcome-to-the-family’ ambience that invites you in as soon as you enter the door. Laico family members wait tables and bartend – Louis’s brother-in-law Jimmy Wolowitz is bar manager and Louis’ wife Gloria sometimes fills in when they need a hostess.

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