Lunch: Palazzo, Montclair

Lunch: Palazzo, Montclair

There are just some things I don't expect.  For example, polishing and sorting flatware in the full dining room of a romantic Italian restaurant - with linens and a piano in the foyer.  The rhythmic drop and clank of the knife into a bus tub did no service to the otherwise enjoyable soundtrack of acoustic - albeit eclectic -renditions of Stairway to Heaven, As Time Goes By, and Think of Me.

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Revisioned: Sushi Hana, Montclair

Revisioned: Sushi Hana, Montclair

Sushi Hana opened in Montclair in 1999.  Quick math - that's almost fifteen years ago; a respectable run by Montclair standards.  Still, owner, Irene  felt it was time for a make-over.  

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Huong Viet, Nutley: 3, 16, 24, and 69

Huong Viet, Nutley: 3, 16, 24, and 69

Before we go any further, remember these numbers:  3, 16, 24, and 69.  Those are the lucky numbers at Huong Viet in Nutley.

On to the story:  a couple of weeks ago, it was Lou Palma's birthday.  I wanted to take the maestro-of-all-things-pork out for a celebratory lunch.  Criteria like ambiance, service, and good lighting, didn't really matter to the gastro-mechanic or myself.  The only criteria worthy of consideration was the food - particularly, the deliciousness of it.   I thought about  the usual lunch suspects, namely,

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Food Foto Friday: Fascino, Montclair

Food Foto Friday: Fascino, Montclair

Along with the newly updated dining room, Chef Ryan DePersio has amped up his "Italian without borders" cuisine his renown Montclair restaurant, Fascino.   



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Fricasseè French Bistro Prepares to Open in Montclair

Chef Mark Papera

In December, HFTK broke the story on Mark Papera's return to Montclair to resurrect Epernay, his former space, as a new French bistro.

Since that time, Papera and his crew have been renovating 6 Park Street at a rapid clip. New sheet rock and fresh paint, a new mosaic tile floor, new lighting, a new kitchen, and soon, a new awning, will announce Montclair's newest restaurant, Fricassee French Bistro!

 

 

 

 

Avez-vous faimPapera expects to launch a soft opening next week.  In the meantime, take a look at the menu:

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