Local Pesto, Still Growing Strong

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 7:49am  |  COMMENTS (2)

romarsi 3Recognize these two little chefs? They are Carla and Alison Silvestri, seen here making their family’s pesto way back in August of 2009.

A few years ago I met the wonderful Silvestri family — Robert and Mary, and their two young daughters. Together they founded Romarsi, devoted to making outrageously delicious homemade pesto and kalamata olive tapenade I’ve ever tasted. I discovered the pesto at the Montclair Farmers Market and it’s also available in stores. I visited their local facility and watched as they all worked at whipping up a large batch of pesto using the freshest Genovese basil leaves, olive oil, and other ingredients. Continue Reading

Mark Your Calendars for Bloomfield Restaurant Week

BY  |  Friday, Jul 18, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Restaurant Week

Drool worthy offerings from Stamna Greek Taverna, Taqueria Authentica, & Anthony’s Cheesecake

Get ready to eat! The 3rd annual Bloomfield Restaurant Week will offer a prix fixe lunch or dinner menu of $30 or less between August 3 - August 9.

Restaurant Week will showcase all of Bloomfield’s best restaurants. From French to Thai, from Japanese to Italian and from traditional Steakhouse to Mexican, every taste and every palate will be satisfied at the culinary event.

Francesco Palmieri, an original BRW committee member and owner and chef of The Orange Squirrel, predicts, “Judging by the success of the first two events we expect an even stronger turn out. We are excited and optimistic that our 2014 event will be the biggest yet.”

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Vital to Offer Influences of Caribbean Cuisine, Organic and Vegan Food in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Jul 18, 2014 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Fans of HLS Juice Bar & Grill in Montclair were sad that the health food restaurant closed, but they should be happy to learn Vital is opening in its spot.

Owned by brother and sister, Kwame and Nataki Williams,Vital will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, including fresh juices and smoothies, and a wide range of gluten-free and vegan dishes. The cuisine is what they call, “Health food with a Caribbean twist.”

Expect new spins on classic dishes utilizing locally farmed and organic ingredients, such as eggs from Montclair Community Farms.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival This Weekend in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

pine st 3Montclair’s Pine Street is already decked in red, white and green for this weekend’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel festival.

Live music, rides and lots of food, will be available. Last year’s offerings included made to order wood fired pizza from Sanducci’s mobile oven and juicy Italian sausages from Pat; Five Chris (Nutley) serving up an array of authentic Filipino dishes, another cart dishing out arepas and crepes, as well as zeppoles and deep fried Oreos. Continue Reading

Berry Sweet in Watchung Plaza Has a For Lease Sign Up

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (15)

Berry Sweet

A “For Lease” sign was spotted early this morning on the storefront of Berry Sweet, one of Montclair’s many frozen yogurt shops.

The shop opened its self-serve frozen yogurt shop two years ago.

A call to the shop for information went to voicemail and, while there aren’t recent updates on the Facebook page, the page is listed as “permanently closed.”



De Novo To Replace Upper Montclair’s 12 West

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 11:19pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

12 west 2Good news about the future restaurant taking over in the space vacated by 12 West in Upper Montclair.

The affable Demetri Malki, formerly of Table 8 and Demetri’s in Montclair, is at the helm of the new restaurant, which will be called De Novo, the Latin expression meaning “beginning anew.”

Malki’s wife Marisol writes, “We think it fits nicely as Demetri is finally back in the restaurant scene after having Demetri’s and Table 8.”

De Novo will offer casual European fare such as tapas, flat breads, fresh made pasta, charcuterie and entrees, all with a European flare; the chef will be the original chef from Demetri’s.
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Upper Montclair’s 12 West Closes, New Restaurant, Chef To Follow (Updated)

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 5:17pm  |  COMMENTS (13)

12 west closed

Update: De Novo, with Demetri Malki at the helm, will replace 12 West.

12 West, which opened in February 2013 in the Upper Montclair train station building, is now closed. Continue Reading

Celebrity Chef Franco Vitella Demo and Tasting at Williams-Sonoma of Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Jul 14, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Chef Franco Vitella

Chef Franco Vitella

Award-winning celebrity chef Franco Vitella of Franco Vitella Catered Affairs will be conducting a special demo on Sunday, July 20th, from 1-4pm at the Williams-Sonoma of Montclair, located at 630 Valley Rd, Montclair. Chef Franco will demonstrate his unique and creative catering concepts and offer a tasting to visitors as well. The Demo and tasting is free and open to the public, but the first 25 pre-registered attendees will receive an autographed recipe card containing one of Chef Franco Vitella’s heirloom recipes. Continue Reading

Get Your Growlers in Montclair (Updated)

BY  |  Friday, Jul 11, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Update: Amanti Vino just posted this on its Facebook page:

CANCELLED – Our growler program has been shut down! Apparently our license no longer covers repackaged goods! What a disaster, am I right? We are still selling our empty growlers. Why, you ask? Because if you take it to certain bars in the area, they’ll give you a dollar off your growler fill if you have an Amanti Vino branded growler. Pretty sweet right? List of bars coming soon.

Love always,
Amanti Vino

I’ll admit it, I had no idea what a growler was until I learned about the Cold Brew filled ones at Jave Love. But growlers are traditionlly half-gallon glass bottles of beer to go. According to BeerAdvocate.com, the term “growler,” goes back to the late 1800s when fresh beer was carried from the local pub to one’s home by means of a small-galvanized pail. When the beer sloshed around the pail, it created a rumbling sound as the CO2 escaped through the lid, thus the term “growler” was coined. 

For beer loving folks, it seems that growlers are back in style and Montclair has a couple of places that offer the beer to go bottles:


Amanti Vino is offering growlers! Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is on tap now and New Jersey Beer Co. is coming today with IPA and pale ale.

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Planet Smoothie Montclair Cools Down With 10 Under 300

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 08, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

planet smoothieNothing tastes better on a hot day than a cool smoothie.

Dale and Estelle Williams, longtime Montclair residents and owners of Tasti D Lite and Planet Smoothie of Montclair, were on TV this week, whipping up healthy summer smoothies. The shop, located at 349 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, offers 10 smoothies under 300 calories. The smoothies, made with an agave and stevia blend called Lean Leaf, are high in fiber and can have up to 12 grams of protein, a cool choice if you want to have a smoothie as a meal on the go. Continue Reading

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You can find them at the Farmers Market, Great Products! Besides regular pesto they make and market a kalamatra olive pesto that is delicious!

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