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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)

Continue reading Cooking with Heart at Carmela’s Piccola Cucina in Bayonne

City Diner in Jersey City Never Sleeps

City Diner Offers Tasty Dishes in a Hip Décor with Free Wi-Fi: 24/7

By Sally Deering

Front of City Diner Jersey City A short walk from Exchange Place on the Jersey City Waterfront, City Diner (formerly the Flamingo) offers tasty dishes in a hip décor, key ingredients for success according to its owners Nicholas, “Lefty” and Mike Giakoumatos. The three brothers from Queens, New York, bought the old Flamingo and in three months turned it into a trendy corner bistro. With its contemporary décor, free Wi-Fi and a bar that looks right out of a James Bond film – the only thing ‘diner-esque’ about City Diner is its hours — open 24/7 – and that it serves breakfast all day. Continue reading City Diner in Jersey City Never Sleeps

La Reggia Restaurant, Banquets & Lounge Fine Italian Dining at “The Little Italy of Secaucus”

By Sally Deering


The beautful dining room at La Reggia Restaurant in Secaucus
The beautful dining room at La Reggia Restaurant in Secaucus

When you step inside La Reggia restaurant in Secaucus your senses are seized by the distinct aromas of fine Italian cheeses and a warm and inviting atmosphere where tables are dressed in white linens and the wait staff is dressed in long white aprons – an homage to fine European restaurants where food and service are of the highest caliber.  

 Once you are seated at one of those beautifully dressed tables in the warm glow of La Reggia’s inviting dining room, you can understand why it’s affectionately called “The Little Italy of Secaucus.” 

 La Reggia serves Italian-American cuisine prepared with only the freshest vegetables, seafood and meats that go straight from the marketplace to the chef’s kitchen and then to your plate.  Co-owners Chef Enzo Carputo and Alfonso Corbosiero set the standards high at La Reggia and ever since it opened its doors in 1998, those standards continue to be met.

 Chef Enzo creates exquisite Italian dishes that surprise, impress and ultimately satisfy beyond expectation. In his own words, “I want to educate the people, I want them to know what real Italian Food is,” he says.

Born in Naples, Italy, Enzo Carputo came to the U.S. in 1980 and settled down in New Jersey. He learned to cook at a young age and his talent led to a career as Executive Chef for several fine restaurants where his dishes earned Five-Star ratings. At La Reggia, Chef Enzo will sometimes step away from the stove to visit with the guests in his dining room. Continue reading La Reggia Restaurant, Banquets & Lounge Fine Italian Dining at “The Little Italy of Secaucus”

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!



longhorn-opening-with-mayor-smith-and-council1On January 24th Longhorn Steakhouse 300-seater and first full-service restaurant at the Bayonne Crossings Shopping Center, 907 Bayonne Crossing, Rt. 440, opened its doors to the public.

 Pictured for the opening in front row: 31st District Assemblyman; Jason O’Donnell, First Ward Bayonne Councilwoman; Agnes Gillepsie, Bayonne Mayor; Mark Smith, Bayonne At-large Councilwoman; Deborah Czerwienski, Bayonne 3rd Ward Councilman; Raymond Greaves, Jeff Mulchaey; Managing Partner of Longhorn Steakhouse.

Back row: Bayonne 2nd Ward Councilman; Joseph Hurley, Jeffrey Scott; Longhorn Director of Operations; and Bayonne -at Large City Council President; Terrence Ruane.

The new Longhorn Steakhouse brings a taste of the Southwest to the Bayonne area, with a full menu, and an open bar which is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends.