Pucciarello’s Italian Kitchen: Warm, Cozy, and Elegant

EAST HANOVER — Above the previous couple of months, I have had the possibility to visit and emphasize many extraordinary neighborhood Italian restaurants, together with their Chefs.  As you vacation just above the Parsippany border into neighboring East Hanover, we are lucky to have yet a further excellent case in point of that meals genre, and yet another stand-out Chef, to insert to our checklist, Pucciarello’s Italian Kitchen area.

Pucciarello’s is warm, cozy, and classy

In 2017 Chef Anthony Pucciarello, collectively with the proficient and personable Donna Fallon, made a decision to carry their merged extensive, culinary knowledge and skills to Pucciarello’s Italian Kitchen area, positioned around the intersection of Route 10 West on Ridgedale Avenue in East Hanover.  For 19 a long time prior to that, you might recall the area, as the previous web site of Breanna’s Italian Restaurant. I have dined at Pucciarello’s many moments in the past, so I am basing this evaluate, not only with this check out but with all those past experiences in head.

The soothing ambiance is welcoming and stylish

Just about every good Chef I have ever fulfilled, who proved to be a passionate, innovative, artist, also arrived together with a good backstory.  It is no distinctive from the extraordinary, likable, authentic, and energetic Chef Anthony Pucciarello. The Chef’s story starts off in his Italian grandparent’s dwelling on a useless-end street, in an Italian American enclave in Belleville, while a kid, he would be surrounded with a perception of his Italian lifestyle, household values, do-it-yourself pasta, wine, and a good deal of mouth watering, common Italian foodstuff.   At the early age of 9, with the assistance and encouragement of his family, he uncovered adequate to be able to develop some of his individual meals.  At age 10 he acquired a work at a regional pizzeria exactly where he was hired to fold pizza boxes for $10 a week.  Then, at 17, he was hired, by circumstance, as a cook dinner at a area community restaurant.  It is not tough to see what this was leading to cooking was certainly in youthful Anthony’s blood!

Pat Minutillo with entrepreneurs Donna Fallon and Chef Anthony Pucciarello

Much more formal coaching followed, with a degree at the prestigious C.I.A. (Culinary Institute of The usa) and FDU, where he attained a BS in Resort/Cafe Administration.  A stint as a Sous Chef at the Tropicana in Las Vegas adopted, just before returning residence.  Just after getting a couple of careers at quite a few extremely rated Manhattan dining establishments his intensive culinary and administration awareness and competencies grew to become evident, and his recognition as a leading Chef continued to expand, specially in the course of his tenure as Govt Chef at Papillion in Nutley, then Luce in Caldwell, and in 2012, his very first restaurant, Cielo in Fairfield.

Of program, Chef Pucciarello continued to master and hone his craft in the course of these terrific experiences, all of which have led to Chef Pucciarello and Donna Fallon opening the doors to their new cafe in 2017. Both of those house owners take great delight in the reality that their cafe is constructed on integrity, comfort, spouse and children values, purchaser company, and most of all on ‘respect for the ingredient’, and of system, the customer, a lot of of whom are viewed as loved ones.  It would be remiss if I did not note that Pucciarello’s strives to serve only the finest fresh new Italian foodstuff, making use of the freshest seasonal and community elements offered.

Veal Parm Twist

The ambiance of the inviting inside of Pucciarello’s is heat, cozy, and classy.  Offering a soothing environment that is welcoming and exquisite, while still casual plenty of to be really comfortable. The décor during is shiny, lovely, and stylish, with properly divided tables, all expertly appointed and dressed in white linen tablecloths, sparkling glassware, and thoughtfully placed silverware.  And, as have to be observed, the cafe appeared amazingly clean, with all latest COVID health and fitness prerequisites staying strictly adhered to.  Promptly following our seating, our drinking water glasses were loaded, our BYOB wine was uncorked, and refreshing, scorching, crusty, bread, along with a complimentary Eggplant Caponata appeared a scrumptious, sweet, and bitter, mouthwatering, roasted eggplant spread, with garlic, onion, tomato and a lot more, mixed in olive oil, that could provide as rather a meal on its very own.  The provider was impeccable, prompt, pleasant, attentive, and professional.  The considerable, two-web site, diligently prepared menu, which reflects each Northern and Southern authentic Italian dishes, outlined one delectable preference after an additional, together with the Chef’s nightly specialties.  Many resourceful, revolutionary, remarkable dishes, as nicely as numerous of people excellent, unpretentious, sense-superior convenience meals that bring back again fond, nostalgic recollections.

Petite Filet Mignon Meatballs

Our appetizers integrated the Petite Filet Mignon Meatballs juicy, tasty, perfectly ready, and seasoned petite meatballs, served with Italian long sizzling peppers, dwelling-made crispy potatoes chips, olive oil & garlic broth Homemade Sweet Sausage pan sauteed sausage, served with Italian very long very hot peppers, broccoli rabe, house-manufactured potato chips, garlic, and olive oil and Shrimp Beeps, a Jersey common, which consisted of pan-seared shrimp served in a medium spicy marinara sauce.  Sufficient-sized portions so we ended up all ready to share and get pleasure from every of the alternatives.

Veal Medallions

For an entrée I made the decision on the Veal Medallions tender, delectable, fragile, cuts of velvety-textured veal, pan-roasted, and topped with prosciutto di parma, positioned on leading of a bed of spinach, and topped with fresh new, melted mozzarella & shallots, in a sherry wine sauce.  The veal, which I could very easily slice with my fork, was as moist, savory, and delightful as it appeared. My friends decided on the Day-to-day Specials. Garlic Shrimp: served with the Chef’s signature garlic sauce, served about a spring pea risotto and the Veal Parm Twist which consisted of breaded veal cutlets, topped with sausage, ricotta, mozzarella & marinara sauce. By all accounts, anyone extensively enjoyed their foods and discovered their personal dishes to be flavorful and fulfilling.

Chocolate Peanut Swirl Brownie, topped with vanilla ice cream

Concluded with a Cappuccino and a sweet, decadent, Banana Foster Cake, consisting of double levels of Banana Walnut Cake with Product Cheese Frosting.  The mix of flavors was mouth watering, and how could you go incorrect with a dessert made up of bananas, rum, and caramel.  I have had regular Banana Foster lots of occasions, but never ever as a cake.

I would not turn it down if offered yet again. Other desserts integrated the Tartufo, which came with chocolate, vanilla, and pumpkin hazelnut filling and a Chocolate Peanut Swirl Brownie, topped with vanilla ice cream.

Heat Pound Cake with Strawberries

Thank you to Chef Anthony Pucciarello, Donna Fallon, and the staff at Pucciarello’s Italian Kitchen area for a enjoyable, gratifying, and tasty dining working experience, and for taking the time to make us come to feel like element of the loved ones.  I would undoubtedly advise putting this a single on your checklist of exceptional regional area Italian dining places.

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Pucciarello’s Italian Kitchen is found at 34 Ridgedale Avenue, East Hanover. Cellphone: (973) 530-4100. Click listed here to watch the web page.