A list of nearly 70 wines would be reason enough to visit The Vintage Italian Restaurant, but the housemade pasta, ravioli, sausage, and gnocchi give the bottles of red and white a run for their money. The Pollo Vintage pairs chicken breast with Sicilian artichoke hearts, sausage, and sun-dried tomatoes, and several of the restaurant's hearty pasta dishes can be made with whole wheat or gluten-free pastas.
Large pots regularly crowd the burners in Vinhus Restaurant & Lounge’s kitchen. A peek into the cauldrons reveals bubbling mixtures of seafood suggestive of what might happen if chefs strolled through a fish market and scooped up a few things from every stand—one combinations in particular pairs lobster, clams, and shrimp with a choice of green or red sauce.
These seafood surfeits belong to a menu inspired by Portugal’s seafaring traditions, complete with dishes such as grilled cod with skinned potato chunks, roasted peppers, and onions. The menu reaches east, as well, pulling flavors from Spain, France, Italy, and the Mediterranean into dishes such as veal marsala or a seafood plate whose lobster comes accented with chorizo, chicken, and saffron rice.
The fresh seafood and sizzling steaks perfume a dining room whose wooden floors and taupe-colored walls set the stage for decor including neatly arranged lighting fixtures, attractive artwork, and verdant foliage. Before or after meals, guests can retreat to the lounge, where patrons sip spirited beverages beneath a slanted ceiling that offers its protection to the room’s roaring fireplace.
Healthy living has been passion for Roselle Health Plus owner Keith Broadway all of his adult life. An avid fan of drinking nourishing juices and caring for himself, he spent a lot of his time keeping his body in peek condition, and sharing his knowledge with those in his community. His personal way of life eventually became his professional career when, in 2002, he left his job as a regional director of an employment agency to open Roselle Health Plus. Though he has since expanded his business into a larger location, his professional mission remains the same: to provide customers a resource for affordable health products and information for improving their personal health.
At his store, customers can peruse a bevy of healthy foodstuffs, from vitamins and herbs to supplements and cleansing drinks. The shop's juice bar keeps clients full and full of energy high by serving up nutrient-packed wraps, smoothies, and juices, saving them from resorting to unhealthy fast food burgers or gulps of air from a pizza shop oven vent.
Rinaldi grew up watching his grandmother cook. He watched as she created rustic Italian dishes, making every element from scratch, and he watched as the excellent cooking made everyone happy and eager for more. Today, Rinaldi honors his grandmother with his BYOB bistro and steak house, offering an expansive menu bursting with homestyle Italian dishes such as Penne Pissed Off—a signature dish served with long hot peppers, kalamata olives, and garlic marinara caper sauce. He also treats guests to an array of seafood dishes and specialty filet mignon steaks charbroiled over an open flame and topped with caramelized figs, prosciutto, or crab-stuffed shrimp.
Every day, Breadsmith kneads and breeds made-from-scratch breads, honoring the practices of centuries-old French bakers. The delectable dough sculptures receive the royal treatment, with all delicate yeast bubbles bursting inside of a 6-ton stone-hearth oven. The oven's sweltering heat creates a cushy crust for American-style breads. In the presence of lightning-quick steam injections, European-style breads take on a crisp, crumb-dressed outer core. Daily bread offerings range from $3.95 to $8.50 a loaf and include French baguettes ($3.95), Russian rye ($5.95), sourdough ($5.25), raisin walnut ($6.95), and pepperoni bread ($8.50). Use today's Groupon to fill up the family with lusciously leavened loaves fresh from the oven—or wait for them to go stale and then wield them as harpoons during the next potato-soup hunt.
The name of Cervantes of Spain honors the author of the 17th-century novel Don Quixote, considered to be one of Spain’s finest writers. The traditions of the Iberian Peninsula are held in high regard throughout the eatery, where flamenco dancers whirl billowing skirts in paintings above Spanish Renaissance–style furniture. At those tables, conversation swells around tapas such as spanish chorizo sautéed in sherry. The heat of traditional, fire-blackened pans continues to cook lobster, scallops, and sausage with saffron rice in Valencia-style paella. Live flamenco and jazz musicians fill the space with the complex rhythms of a tap dancer in a bubble-wrap factory, and open-pit pig roasts fill the outdoor patio with succulent aromas. Glasses clink together, letting the bouquets of Spanish wines blend and slices of fruit drift slowly down through six types of sangria.
During the day, Trattoria Bel Paese cuts a humble figure with its deli area bursting with grilled panini, fresh salads, and Italian hero sandwiches. By night, though, chefs draw a curtain around the glass counter and, according to Teresa Politano of the Star-Ledger, this "unassuming little Clark Kent of a restaurant" sheds its eyeglasses to fight villainous hunger with a menu of authentic Sicilian and Italian specialties. Heaping portions of pastas with sweet red sauce and veal with cream sauce perch atop the floral tablecloths with gluten-free and organic ingredients substituted in by request. Platters of hot chicken parmigiana and fresh black mussels with marinara also zoom to special events or impromptu reenactments of special events under the supervision of Trattoria Bel Paese's catering team.