Italian

Borgata Welcomes Newest Restaurant

Borgata is already known for their collection of gourmet restaurants by some of the most well-known chefs in the business, and now they’ve added a brand-new one to their portfolio. Angeline in Atlantic City opened in early May and delivers Michael Symon’s take on Italian cooking. Symon is an Iron Chef, won a prestigious James Beard award and is a co-host on The Chew. Named for his mother, Angeline features family recipes including her own Sunday auce.

Stage Left to Celebrate 25 Years!

Stage Left Restaurant in New Brunswick is gearing up to celebrate their 25th anniversary. On top of that, the contemporary American steakhouse, owned by Francis Schott and Mark Pascal, recently underwent a renovation. The owners hired Alfano Renovations of Union County, N.J., and Dublin, Ireland-based Restless Design for a $200K-plus+ remodel of the dining rooms and bar. So what’s changed? New banquettes excude a clubby, yet comfy feel in the bar area (which is still centered by its 1930s vintage bar).

Olivella Opens in North Bergen

Olivella, a new Italian restaurant in North Bergen is on the cusp of opening. The first New Jersey project from chef Salvatore Olivella, one of the country’s top pizza makers, the new Olivella in North Bergen will serve brick oven pizza and a full menu of antipasti, pasta and entrees on a busy stretch of Bergenline Avenue, just steps from James J. Braddock Park. The restaurant will have its soft opening next week, but there is no hard date.

Meet Atticus Garant

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Atticus Garant was recently hired as the executive sous chef for Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park.

AC Observation Wheel Moving Along

New Jersey’s first Observation Wheel is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Earlier this month, Anthony Catanoso, president and principal owner of Steel Pier Associates in Atlantic City, N.J.—the location of the forthcoming wheel—and James Catanoso, operations manager of Steel Pier, traveled to Melara, Italy, where the wheel is being constructed. The duo visited for the first of three inspections.

Signature Drink - The Hibiscus Daisy

For 21 years, Proprietor Tony Del Gatto has been sharing his love of vera cucina Italiana—true Italian cuisine, the way it’s found in Italy today—at Grissini, his swanky, stylish restaurant in Englewood Cliffs in Bergen County. Old school in all the best ways, Grissini presents fresh, delicious food in a classy space. Enjoy a well-made cocktail at the restaurant’s convivial, buzzing bar or a glass of wine from the restaurant’s extensive list of fine Old World Wines while savoring a true taste of Italy.

Guide to Eating House-Made Italian Cooking

Chances are you know someone who insists that her grandmother makes the best gravy or pasta sauce. After all, New Jersey is home to more than 2 million Italian descendants, and it’s probably no coincidence that there’s no shortage of Italian restaurants in the state. For a sampling of some of the best for private dining, read on. Buon appetito!

Put Private Dining in the Palm of Your Hand

I am insatiably curious and always keen to learn something new, but I find that I am surprised by the seemingly familiar more often than not. Case in point? The Palm restaurant in Philadelphia. This elegant steakhouse is tucked inside the landmark Hyatt at The Bellevue hotel. It exudes that classic steakhouse appeal – a dark wood bar, a buzzy “business is getting done here” ambience and professional male waiters sporting jackets.

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