Since 1967, the Mandreucci Family has lured in diners with the scent of bubbly margherita pizzas, sopressata sandwiches on semolina bread, and chicken, sausage, and shrimp mingling with rich sauces on plates of pasta. Tan brick and colorful murals of wholesome Italian ingredients surround families and couples as they twirl linguini around their fork tines or munch on slices of vodka-penne pizza, a specialty pizza topped with vodka sauce and diced ham. During catered events, guests can avoid eye contact with an old lab partner by preoccupying themselves with fresh fruits, antipasti, penne pomodoro, lasagna, and veal.
The Pino name has been a Highland Park mainstay since the inaugural Pino's grocery opened nearly 100 years ago. Its current incarnation is Pino's Gift Basket Shoppe and Wine Cellar, a specialty outfit that purveys wine, beer, liquor, and gift baskets. Here, customers can sample craft brews and internationally sourced wines at the newly opened tasting bar or take home an elegant gift basket of edible goodies, such as artisan salsas, tapenades, and popcorn.
Since its founding in 1960, Thriftway Pharmacy has been a reliable part of every community it has joined. That's because the store keeps its doors open 365 days per year, meaning it never closes for holidays. As a result, customers have constant access to Thriftway's dependable pharmacists. They also can browse the store's shelves for holiday decorations, toys, greeting cards, cell phone accessories, and last-minute gifts in a pinch.
A featured business in the New York Times, Alan's Orchard is an indoor market committed to better serving the community and environment by stocking their aisles with organic produce, free-range poultry, and grass-fed beef, among the assorted products of local farmers and artisans. Unlike pickles that try to sneak pandas past customs, the unsuspicious Picklelicious fresh pickles (pint $4.99, quart $6.99) are one of one of many vegetables plucked from New Jerseyan soil that complement sandwiches on bread from Baker's Bounty ($2.99-$4.99 per loaf). Cheese chasers can corral curds by the quarter-pound with a selection of organic cow cheeses ($4.99), mixed milk cow and sheep cheeses ($5.99), and pure sheep cheeses ($6.49) from Valley Shepherd and Cherry Grove.
Amid a friendly Old-World market atmosphere, the butchers of Pulaski Meat Products smoke, slice, and link an array of Eastern European meats onsite. Hoops of Kraiana kielbasa ($4.19/lb.) spin on dinner tables or the turntables of experimental DJs, and black forest ham ($6.29/lb.) fills sandwiches with its savory, salty flavor. Frankfurters ($4.79/lb.) await the grill or frying pan, and baby back ribs ($6.59/lb.) come infused with the taste of the smokehouse. Watched over by an emblem of Poland's crowned eagle, the shop's knowledgeable employees hand out samples and help customers understand the subtle differences between Ukrainian and Hungarian kielbasa and why bologna shouldn’t be used as a pillow.
Medical Aesthetics of New Jersey's staff conducts a wide range of services, including those that use lasers and other advanced technologies. Registered nurses zap body hair with pulses of light, resist encroaching facial lines with injections of Botox, Juvéderm, and Radiesse volumizing filler, and accent complexions with permanent makeup that will outlast the earth. Medical Aesthetics of New Jersey also boasts endermologie machines that can contour torsos and reduce cellulite.