By Sally Deering
Â In the Marion Section of Jersey City on Broadway near the Pulaski Skyway entrance is where youâ€™ll find Rita & Joeâ€™s, an Italian eatery that as soon as you walk in the door it feels like home.
Â Rita & Joe Pane bought the place in 1985 when it was called the Broadway Tavern, a neighborhood hangout where the bar took up most of the room. Rita would make Chicken and Shrimp Parmigiana sandwiches and dinners for the customers and take out dishes they could enjoy at home. Soon, the bar got smaller and the dining room got bigger as more and more customers came in for the food and became regulars.Â