Cellar 335 in JC, Asian American Fusion with a Side of Polynesian Kitsch
By Sally Deering
The buzz on Newark Ave in Jersey City continues to be: when will White Eagle Hall open and when do the bands come on? Meanwhile, just a few steps beneath the White Eagle hall entrance, Cellar 335 has just opened and itâ€™s a cool looking place.
Â Back in the day, Frank Fioreâ€™s family emigrated from Southern Italy to the Bronx and after years of big family dinners made from Grandma Fioreâ€™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.
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 aÂ hearty taste of Southern Italy and a casual dining experience with white wainscoting on the walls and vintage-style tin ceilings.Â It has two areas for seating and a small bar with a big wine and cocktails list.Â Intimate and friendly with black & white family photos on the walls, Roman Noseâ€™s atmosphere is like one big family reunion with guests drinking, dining and enjoying the themselves.Â Continue reading Momâ€™s Family Recipes with a Dash of Heart-Â Roman Nose brings Flavors of Southern Italy to Downtown JC→
Â 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, Renatoâ€™s Pizza Masters in Jersey City offers the casual gourmet a delicious Italian experience.
Â In the Central Avenue storefront customers line up for Renatoâ€™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.
18 Taps, a Great Whiskey Selection and Upscale Comfort Food
Â Â Â By Sally Deering
Jean and Charles Stewart first met at a bar; she was serving drinks at an establishment in the East Village and he was a member of the Coast Guard stationed in Bayonne out for a night on the town. The two fell in love, married and started a family and now theyâ€™re raising a son and building a new career as restaurateurs and owners of Lot 13 in Bayonne.
Lot 13 opened in 2011 and both husband and wife share all the responsibilities of running a restaurant and busy bar.
Like many businesses near the water in NJ, Skylark on the Hudson located in Jersey City’s Newport section had to undergo a round of renovations after receiving water damage from Superstorm Sandy. Within the last 5 months slowly, we have seen restaurants and retail life come back strong along the Hudson River, and this is a prime example!
Whatâ€™s interesting is that Constantine Katsifis, owner and NJ restaurateur, turned the temporary closing into an opportunity: he refreshed Skylarkâ€™s menu and hired a new chef, Darryl Harmon. Chef Harmon, a native of South Jersey, will be using his local roots and culinary skills to enhance Skylarkâ€™s Jersey-focused, farm-to-table menu, which supports area farms by using their in-season fruits and vegetables.
As part of our Ten Ingreditent series where Sally Deering our Senior WriterÂ Â interviews Â the Chef’s that oversee the kitchens of some of the finest restaurants in Hudson County -we present Chef Michael Coletti of VB3 Restaurant
By Sally Deering
VB3 on Washington Boulevard in downtown Jersey City features theVB3 Pizzeria where office workers and neighborhood residents dash in for a slice or a pie; and the VB3 dining room and lounge with the sexiest bar in Jersey City. Itâ€™s an eye-catching island of dark wood with a surface of â€œorange liquid lavaâ€ and bar stools with bright-orange backs and faux leopard print seats.Â No detail in this beautiful restaurant has been overlooked by Owner and Executive Chef Michael Colletti, General Managers Giuseppi â€œLittle Joeâ€ Russo and Giuseppi â€œBig Joeâ€ Russo; and business partners Gary Leff and Ricky Leff. This team put heart and soul into the place and it shows.
Chef Colletti, 29, attended the Culinary Education Center in Asbury Park and after graduation worked at the prestigious Le Cirque and then Chef de Cuisine at Mai House. After five years in New York, Chef Colletti joined his friend and celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn at the Sunnyside Group and helped him open Good Stuff Eatery in Washington D.C. In 2010, Colletti and Mendelsohn appeared in â€œIron Chefâ€ competing in â€œBattle Proscuittoâ€ against world famous chef Michael Symon. Chef Colletti also cooked for President Barack Obama and his staff at The White House.
Letâ€™s meet Chef Colletti!
RVO:Â Chef Colletti, can you tell our readers a little about your background?