At Hyperion Hair Salon, a collection of licensed stylists and nail technicians share more than 50 years of combined experience as they cater to individual beauty needs. They deftly cut the hair of women, men, and children, offering extra treatments such as texture perms, keratin treatments, and hair extensions. They also use hair-color products from Framesi for highlights and single-process treatments.
RosaLuca’s owners Jill and Carmine Castaldo have shared a love of great food—and each other—since they first met at the Culinary Institute of America in the late '80s. Since then, their relationship and culinary careers have flourished, resulting in a full-service catering operation that led to the opening of RosaLuca’s Italian bistro. The eatery, named in honor of Carmine’s parents, Rosa and Luca, features a menu that changes with the seasons, like what’s on the TV—in the spring it’s a DVD player, but in the fall it’s a DVD player inside a pumpkin. This dynamic culinary slate highlights the freshest available ingredients culled from the market or handpicked from the restaurant’s own 10 acres of gardens and greenhouses. In addition to romantic bistro dining—RosaLuca's was voted one of The Star-Ledger's top ten romantic dining spots in 2007—the couple extends the reach of their core operation with extensive catering options.
Hailing from Sicily and Italy’s Reggio Calabria province, the Caricari family relies on time-tested recipes and skilled cooks at its two Feasta Italia restaurants. The eatery is known for its handcrafted pizzas, as chefs create every pie to order. Hand-tossed crust and fresh, never frozen ingredients highlight every pizza. Zesty toppings include black olives, ham, and meatballs. Feasta Italia’s menu rounds out with pasta dishes and other entrees, such as veal parmigiana and seafood marinara.
The kitchen at Ecco Domani Italian Restaurant is a bustling and colorful place where flames dance up from fiery brick ovens and saucepans simmer with carefully calibrated sauces. Expert chefs prepare veal, chicken, and seafood dishes served with penne, linguini, and angel hair pasta. Crunchy sandwich rolls are layered with meatballs, sausage, and cheesy steak, and the ovens bake up hearty calzones and pizzas. To whip up their specialty chicken sorrentino, chefs egg-batter tender chicken and sauté in a white-wine sauce before topping with sliced ham, eggplant, tomatoes, mushrooms, and fresh mozzarella. There’s also a special menu of kid-friendly dishes, such as chicken fingers and pizzas with theme-park passes baked right into the crust. The restaurant’s sunny dining room is decorated with vivid paintings of rustic Italian landscapes.
White columns frame the red-tiled awning of Bellissimo Ristorante, a slice of Tuscan villa welcoming guests to a restaurant full of Italian art and cuisine. The patio features classic statuary and a burbling stone fountain, while the interiors boasts rich wooden tables and chairs atop a terracotta tile floor. The flavor of authenticity extends beyond the décor to the menu, which features filet mignon douses with gorgonzola cheese and topped with lumps of crabmeat and thin curst Italian-style pizzas cooked in real brick ovens.