Benvenuti Italian Specialties & Catering first opened in Bari, Italy before packing up for Garwood, New Jersey in the early 1900's. Chefs still carry on the traditions of the Old World, though, crafting classic Italian entrees and contemporary dishes. They draw from a vast menu that includes everything from more than 20 varieties of housemade ravioli to a chicken Benvenuti, which is sautéed with peppers, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and capers. The kitchen also transports meals from its catering menu to luncheons, banquets, and other events throughout the area.
Cured meats hang above Benvenuti's glass deli cases, which teem with olives and rounds of fresh mozzarella. Meanwhile, pastas, bottles of olive oil, and other Italian imports line the main shop floor.
The chefs at Isabella's American Bistro like to put their ingredients through their paces. French onion soup comes in its traditional form topped with garlic croutons, but it also pops up in dumplings oozing with gruyere, asiago, and Monterey cheeses. Braised beef short ribs star in an entree and melt into wild mushrooms and asiago cheese in a quesadilla, and crispy bacon both tops a bleu-cheese burger and fills a stuffed meatloaf. Their playful approach creates a broadly appealing menu that’s still unified by common flavors.
Isabella’s storefront perch in the heart of Westfield beckons neighborhood regulars and visiting shoppers alike to wander in between the baskets of flowers that flank the doors. They take a seat amid décor of brass, dark wood French doors, and mustard-yellow paint that puts the emphasis on the “bistro” part of the café’s name as they dig into horseradish-crusted salmon and juicy but still fashionable skirt steaks.
A healthy, homemade Italian meal that’s also fast and convenient might sound like a contradiction-filled impossibility. As hard-to-believe as it might sound, that's exactly what you get at San Marzano Pasta Bar: wholesome, homestyle Italian cooking served with quickness. Like denizens of any Italian kitchen, the restaurant's chefs value freshness, making their sauces, pesto, and dressings from scratch each day. They also pound out their pizza dough by hand, replicating authentic pizza al taglio as whole, rectangular-shaped pies or quick, easy-to-eat cuts. Along with firing up crispy pizzas, chefs also oversee the restaurant's namesake pasta bar, where guests craft build-your-own homestyle dishes out of numerous pastas and sauces. In addition to grabbing hearty bites, guests can also swing by on their morning commute for a quick capuccino and cornetti on-the-go.
Since its inception, Parisi Speed School has trained more than 150 NFL players and 5,000 scholarship-holding college athletes in its youth programs. Parisi consistently churns out all-stars with its Jump Start program, which trains youngsters at the time when their motor skills are most malleable. Outfitted with a 25-yard artificial-turf field, a four-lane track surface, and a weight room, the center hones agility, endurance, and coordination in future athletes aged 7–18. Using the center’s signature speed and strength training methods, supportive staffers not only infuse muscle memory with a suite of opponent-lambasting skills, they also teach them how to avoid injuries without hiring a stunt double to take tackles.
At Wild Greens, more than 100 toppings spread out across a spotless salad bar. Patrons can mix and match seven lettuces with the spread of veggies, dried fruits, seafood, and meats or order an original salad crowned with pre-chosen ingredients. Employees chop each item before customers' eyes, which is useful to determine if they're real, and toss the completed dish with housemade dressings.
With salads or fresh wraps and sandwiches in tow, customers gather in a space as crisp and clean as the food itself. Eco-friendly chairs made of 100% recyclable polypropylene border tables in the dining room and give the Earth reassuring pats out on the patio.
When you first arrive at Mosaico, it’s almost like you’re approaching a summer villa: light stucco walls with red roof tiles meet stone accents that wrap around the building and a wooden shade arbor begs for a vine of grapes to wrap around it. And that’s just the outside. As you step within, refurbished mosaic tiles reclaimed from authentic old Italian villas decorate the space with pops of color and lend the restaurant its name. The menu has as much thought put into it as the ambiance. A curated selection of seafood, pastas, and steaks opens the door to a culinary tour of Italy with hints of inspiration from the rest of the Mediterranean. Red snapper steamed in saffron broth with little neck clams fills the air with its delicate aroma, and the house’s own pappardelle Mosaico marries extra-wide noodles with vodka sauce, shrimp, peas, and mushrooms. Helping more diners enjoy their classic and updated Italian preparations, chefs can also substitute whole-wheat and gluten-free pastas on request. As you sit back and ponder a dessert, such as Valrhona chocolate-mousse torte, bartenders are at the ready with cocktails from the full bar and featured wines by the glass or bottle.