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Mom’s Family Recipes with a Dash of Heart- Roman Nose brings Flavors of Southern Italy to Downtown JC

By Sally Deering

 Roman nose downtown Jersey City Back in the day, Frank Fiore’s family emigrated from Southern Italy to the Bronx and after years of big family dinners made from Grandma Fiore’s recipes, Frank, his brother Raymond, his father, Ruggero and his mother Maria, extended their family table to Newark Avenue in Downtown Jersey City and opened Roman Nose–Authentic Italian Kitchen.

 

Outside Roman Nose Restaurant Located next to The Word Bookstore right off Grove Street, Roman Nose landed one of the best locations in town: the Pedestrian Mall that extends west from Grove, Roman Nose offers guests a  hearty taste of Southern Italy and a casual dining experience with white wainscoting on the walls and vintage-style tin ceilings.  It has two areas for seating and a small bar with a big wine and cocktails list.  Intimate and friendly with black & white family photos on the walls, Roman Nose’s atmosphere is like one big family reunion with guests drinking, dining and enjoying the themselves.  Continue reading Mom’s Family Recipes with a Dash of Heart- Roman Nose brings Flavors of Southern Italy to Downtown JC

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Cooking with Heart at Carmela’s Piccola Cucina in Bayonne

From her Tiny Kitchen, Chef Carmela Suppa Serves Tasty, Traditional Italian Fare

 By Sally Deering

Ave C in Bayonne Carmela's Piccola Cucina Nestled among the storefronts on Avenue “C” between 25th and 26th Streets in Bayonne is Carmela’s Piccola Cucina, a cozy little Italian restaurant that serves hearty, home-style dishes from Northern and Southern Italy.

Suppa at her restauant Carmela's in Bayonne
Chef and Owner
Carmela Suppa

In Italian, Carmela’s Piccola Cucina means “tiny kitchen” but that’s the only thing small about the place. Owner and Chef Carmela Suppa cooks serves up hearty portions of homestyle dishes that are delicious and seasoned just right.

“You know when you do something you enjoy, you don’t think about anything else,” Suppa says, taking a break from her work at the stove. “Everything I make is cooked to order.”

 

Dining room at Carmela's in Bayonne  Carmela’s Piccola Cucina’s menu includes Antipasti like the tasty Calamari served tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside and with a choice of mild or hot sauce; Caprese Stacks, which is Roasted Eggplant, Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes; Stuffed Mushrooms with Roasted Peppers; and Antipasto Rustico, a Selection of Dry Meats and Sharp Provolone cheese. ($6.50-$8.95)

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Step Back in Time for Old World Italian Cuisine at the Barge Inn Restaurant in Jersey City

Barge Inn Restaurant corner of 3rd and Monmouth in Downtown, Jersey City
Barge Inn Restaurant corner of 3rd and Monmouth in Downtown, Jersey City

WHAT JERSEY CITY RESTAURANTS USED TO BE

By Sally Deering

Inside the barge inn restaurant Jersey City  Few Jersey City restaurants look like they did back in the day; and very few were around in the 1960s like The Barge Inn restaurant a little jewel in Jersey City’s crown. The Barge Inn serves Italian cuisine made from recipes handed down through generations. That’s why the food is so delicious – it’s authentic.

Bitsy and Linda owners of Barge Inn Jersey City pose with Chef Joey Marti
Owners “Bitsy and Linda Paldino with Chef Joey Marti

Owners Linda and Peter “Bitsy” Paldino run the restaurant which Linda’s dad John Marto opened in 1969. Linda remembers when Anne Polaro, sister to former Jersey City Mayor Anthony Cucci painted the murals depicting Italian scenes on the restaurant’s walls.

“Mayor Cucci was a friend of my dad’s,” Linda says. “I watched her do them; it took her two weeks.”

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Renato’s Pizza Masters Serves Italian Food That’s Traditional, Contemporary and Delish

CLASSIC ITALIAN WITH NOUVEAU TOUCH

By Sally Deering

Renato's Restaurant Jersey City River View Observer  Whether grabbing a slice in the busy pizzeria on Central Ave or joining friends for a sit-down lunch or dinner in the dining room in back, Renato’s Pizza Masters in Jersey City offers the casual gourmet a delicious Italian experience.

Inside dining are of Renato's restaurant JC River View Observer  In the Central Avenue storefront customers line up for Renato’s classic pizzas and subs, and on a recent cold afternoon, the Pasta Fajioli and Escarole with White Bean soups were extremely popular. In the back dining room, which seats 55 very comfortably, the atmosphere is relaxed, open and classy with tables covered in white linen and white butcher-block paper and extremely attentive waiters stationed close by to give customers their best service.

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Ribbon Cutting of the new VB3 Restaurant in Jersey City

On May 2nd the newest restaurant to open onthe Jersey City watefront was VB3- Restaurant, Pizzeria & Bar – 201.420.4VB3 – 475 Washington Blvd.

Serving Italian food where  you will find a fresh, modern approach to classic Italian family recipes.  Chef Michael Colletti incorporates seasonal ingredients from local purveyors into signature small plates that evoke a sense of nostalgia, but will delight and surprise with his contemporary style.

Gary Leff, VB3 Owner

  John McCormick, Mayor of Woodbridge

Joe Russo, VB3 Owner/GM

Ricky Leff, VB3 Owner,

Chef Michael Colletti VB3 Owner,

Joe Russo   VB3 Owner/Manager

Mayor Healy, Jersey City, Jersey City Councilman Bill Gaughan,  Brad Klatt, Roseland Properties ,, Peter Mangin, Real Estate Developer

 

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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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Feast of Holy Rosary A Street Festival with Heart and Spirit- August 11th – August 15th, 2010

front-of-hr-churchLa Festa Italiana 2010:  The Holy Rosary Church organizes this wonderful  street festival, celebrating Italian-American traditions, spirituality, with  evenings of music, dance and authentic Italian foods.

Since I can remember the Holy Rosary Feast has always been a downtown Jersey City tradtion. Holy Rosary was my parish and my family has lived in the Village section of Jersey City  around the corner from Holy Rosary, for for over 90 years. I love the area and the people. The old time Village people and the new residents that have made it home in the last 15 years. Wonderful people all of them living and loving their neighborhoods.  This is the fabric of the Village section of Jersey City, and the Holy Rosary feast. This feast  gets better every year.

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