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Get Your Italian Food Fix with These Fab NJ Eateries

By Jerry Del Priore

It’s time to eat Italian, New Jerseyans.

My girlfriend Maggie and I hit up two more spots in the Garden State: Gregorio’s and the newly opened Ossino’s Specialty Market

Just as I expected, everything was delizioso and bellissimo

Gregorio’s — 255A Main Street, Chatham, NJ 

Gregorio’s has been around for some time now and serves up some of the best Italian Mediterranean dishes in Morris County. 

Mushroom

Portobello Mushroom Ravioli.

We started out with the Portobello Mushroom Ravioli —  Tomatoes, Parmesan Cheese, Portobello Mushrooms and Balsamic Vinegar – Sage Butter, and the Italian Arugula Salad — Sundried Tomato, Olives, Provolone, drizzled in Classic Balsamic vinegar. 

The ravioli was absolutely mouthwatering and delectable, and the salad was the perfect complement to the ravioli. 

Salmon

Pistachio Crusted Salmon

For our main course, we ordered the Pistachio Crusted Salmon — a light and flaky piece of salmon, cooked in a way that kept the fish flaky on the outside and succulent and tasty on the inside. The dish was served with a splendid side order of butternut squash risotto and spinach. 

Ossino’s Specialty Market — 258 Main Street, Madison, NJ 

Cheeses

Ossion’s is a perfect fit for Madison, and nearby residents are sure to be thrilled that this splendid Italian establishment has finally hit the area.

With the Italian cheeses and cans of tomato sauce — not gravy — adorning the shelves, it reminds me of the Italian delis and salumerias in my hometown of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (back in the day). 

On its opening day, the lovely Mrs. Ossion greeted us with a piece of fresh mozzarella in water, and it was awesome, to say the least. 

Ossiono’s has many types of Italian sandwich and fresh produce, along with all kinds of pasta, meats and Italian olives. 

Meatball Hero

We order a meatball hero and the Italian coleslaw, both of which were appetizing and bursting with flavor. 

This is the type of place that should be around for several years to come. We’ll be back, for sure. 

Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Filed under: Cheese, Italian Food, New Jersey Food, New Jersey restaurants

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Veteran print and digital Sports Writer-Blogger-Reporter-Author experienced in writing in-depth profile stories on a variety of high school, college and professional athletes and teams. I cover all of Brooklyn, among other areas in NYC, New Jersey and Long Island. Additionally, I have developed a presentation based on my book, Running Through Roadblocks, that encourages children to overcome obstacles and never give up…no matter what! Food Writer/Blogger experienced in venue write-ups and reviews. I also own and write for a blog called NYNJEntertainmentEats.com. Book: Running Through Roadblocks: Inspirational Stories of Twenty Courageous Athletic Warroirs Presentation: http://brooklynsportsauthor.blogspot.com/#!/2011/03/running-through-roadblocks-school.html In addition, I have ample experience working with medically fragile children, children with behavioral challenges and children with cognitively impairments.

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