Newly opened Trattoria de Simonetta borrows its name from cofounder Phillip Simonetta, previously known for making some of the best sandwiches in Philadelphia. Simonetta has brought his hoagie prowess home with a menu ripe with substantial subs built atop a foundation of fresh bread delivered daily from New York. Representative beasts include the cuban–a toasted alliance of ham, swiss, pickle, sliced pork, and mayo that holds a one party rule over your mouth ($5.25 for 6", $7.25 for 12"). Pizzas allow diners to stockpile toppings like pepperoni, sausage, and bacon ($9.99 for 16", toppings $1.50 each), and the homemade minicannoli moonlights as a refreshingly conspicuous spyglass ($1.50). Hoagies and other deli delights can be consumed in the trattoria's comfortable seating area or ordered for takeout or delivery.
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.
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.
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.
At Penn Pizza Restaurant, Chef Phillip has designed a menu that incorporates fresh-baked pizzas, stromboli, pastas, and juicy burgers. Pies emerge from the oven topped with a choice of 20 toppings that include pepperoni, meatballs, bacon, ham, and pineapples. More than 30 pasta dishes include fettuccini alfredo, ravioli a la vodka, veal parmigiana, and stuffed shells.