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Olivella Italian Restaurant’s Opening Party

#HipNJ has details on Olivella, a new Italian cuisine restaurant in North Bergen, and on its opening party on Friday, March 10th. The event was a huge hit, with many influential NJ residents in attendance. North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Executive Chef/Partner Salvatore Olivella kicked off the event with a ribbon cutting to unveil the new spot. Some special guests, including Cliffside and Edgewater Mayors, and Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, Robyn Levy and Christina Flores, were also in attendance.

The party started off with DJ Pacheco of New Line Entertainment setting the scene while Chef/Partner Salvatore Olivella, one of the country’s top pizza makers, passed out his specialty brick oven pizzas and many of the menu’s antipasti, pasta, and entrees.

Salvatore Olivella, a native of Naples, Italy, has established a resume for himself that is truly impressive. He co-owns Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana, a group of four restaurants located in Dallas, Texas. He also has consulted for many top pizza spots in New York, including Marta, the Serafina Group, L’asso, Numero 28, and more. The 50-seat restaurant was built with a wood-burning pizza oven as the centerpiece, and the rear dining room is flooded with natural light through a glass roof.

His menu includes many different Italian dishes, such as…
Sushi di Parma, housemade fior di latte cheese wrapped in prosciutto di San Daniele
Gnocchi Alla Romagnola with porcini, fresh truffle in a Pinot Grigio sauce
Farfalle di Olivella, bowtie pasta sautéed with smoked Norwegian salmon, shallots, vodka and salmon caviar
Pollo alla Valdostana, chicken breast sautéed with wild mushrooms, prosciutto and fontina sauce
Filet Mignon al Barolo with porcini mushrooms
Costoletta di Vitello Milanese, thinly pounded veal that’s breaded and served on the bone, topped with salad and parmigiano

The wood fired pizzas are Neapolitan traditional pies made with the highest quality house-made fresh mozzarella, imported San Marzano tomatoes from Italy, ‘nduja (spicy spreadable pork sausage from Calabria), spicy soppressata (dry salami) and spicy honey. The tomatoes are imported San Marzano DOP certified tomatoes from Italy. The Don Maradona Snow White is made with fresh ricotta, housemade fior di latte cheese, garlic, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. Olivella also gets creative with his Frank Sinatra pizza, which is topped with burrata, bresaola, arugula, and lemon dressing. Another creation of his is the Agrodolce Olivella, a sweet and sour marriage of housemade fior di latte, gorgonzola, pear, parmigiano, walnuts and honey. The menu also offers calzones, such as their Classico or La Vesuviana. The Classico is made with mozzarella, ricotta and San Marzano tomatoes. The La Vesuviana is half calzone and half customer’s choice of pizza.

Next time you’re in North Bergen or neighboring towns, make sure to check out Olivella’s new Italian dining experience! Check out www.olivellanj.com and follow @olivellarestaurant on Instagram for more details.

Here are some more photos of #HipNJ’s finest at Olivella’s Opening Party:

Taphouse 15: New American Grill

By Chelsea Lange

In Jefferson, NJ a chic gastropub is one of the top new restaurants to head to. Taphouse 15 has a modern American cuisine with a touch of Asian and Mexican flare in many of their dishes. Hip NJ, has the scoop on Chef Mraz’s unique dishes and TapHouse 15’s variety of local craft beer and wine.

Taphouse 15 was originally New Orleans Steakhouse and was owned by their current owner Tom Apostolopoulos’s father. They closed their doors but only to renovate and opened back up in 2015 with a hip and relaxing feel. The environment and food is the perfect place to head to for a night out with family or friends.


Inside shot! Beer comes Monday

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The menu has a 5 star line up that includes unique starters like the deconstructed Tuna Poke ($13) and Thai Calamari ($12). The tuna poke was extremely fresh that was complemented with the perfect amount of heat with their sriracha aioli and homemade wonton chips. The Thai Calamari was perfectly crispy with a delicious thai chili sauce drizzle.

The menu also includes classic and unique wood fired pizza that are to die for. The Butternut Squash Pizza ($14) is one of the house specialties that attracts your sweet and salty taste buds all at once. The butternut squash gives a sweet note to the perfectly crisped pancetta.

They also feature a taco selection that has different global flares in each one. The gluten free, Pork Carnita Tacos ($ 13) are absolutely delicious that includes slow roasted pork that is topped with queso fresco, pico de gallo and their chipotle aioli, which gives some heat to the dish. Another hit was their house speciality, Fish Tacos ($14) which is a lightly battered cod that is topped with Jalapeño Tequila Slaw and also with their chipotle aioli. The best part of it all is that each dish comes with three tacos and GUAC is free. These taco dishes are served with corn tortilla chips and guacamole.

You can pair these delicious meals with their wide variety of 24 rotating beers on tap and another 50 in bottles. They showcase local brewers to show support for NJ natives just like us!

They are known to hold different events and offerings each month so be sure to check out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see what’s going on.

Taphouse 15 is the place to be. Try not to miss their “four hour” Happy Hour that includes deals that you can’t miss such as, $1 shots, $3 well drinks, $4 house wines, and half off all pizzas. Call ahead seating will help you skip the line during busy weekends. Go on in and check out their cool bar and dining experience!

National Pizza Day

National Pizza Day

Happy National Pizza Day! There’s no doubt that everyone loves pizza so on National Pizza Day we have the best pizza places in New Jersey for you to try.

Vesta Wood Fired Pizza & Bar in East Rutherford

De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies in Robbinsville

Nothin like it ❤ #pizza #nom #nomnom #yummy #foodstagram #food #foodporn #foodie #foodie #tomato #home

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Star Tavern in Orange

Have you tried this one yet? #startavern #jerseypizza #newjersey

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Dozzino in Hoboken

We are open today with all this nice weather.

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Dominick’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria in Newton

Follow @rusty_tagliareni if you like pics of stinky old buildings. #pizza #swag #yolo #swaggy #pizzarection

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Happy National Pizza Day!