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The Zaferon Grill Celebrates its First Anniversary!

The Zaferon Grill in Verona is celebrating its one-year anniversary with new menu additions, an open house and fun giveaways to thank their patrons for a great first year. The elegant restaurant has been a welcomed addition to the town’s dining scene. First-time restauranteur and owner, Soody Nelson, would like to pay the community back for their wholehearted support.

The bistro features refined Mediterranean-American cuisine with a hint of Persian influence to reflect Nelson’s personal heritage and culture. Dinner and weekend brunch is made from quality ingredients utilizing wild-caught fish and organic meats, poultry and produce for the best possible quality food experience.

In addition to food preparation, Nelson focuses on the dining space as an integral part of the experience. Applying a neutral color palate to the backdrop of the restaurant soothes guests and highlights the vibrant photo murals containing Saffron Crocus flowers, the namesake of the Zaferon Grill and producer of the signature spice in Persian cuisine – saffron.

There will be a yummy anniversary offer for guests patronizing the restaurant between Friday, April 13th and Wednesday, April 18th. Guest who purchase an entrée have their choice of a free dessert including Lime Tart, Dulce De Leche, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Crème Brulee or the day’s Gelato and Sorbet.

New menu additions from Executive Chef Luis Andres Ramirez Villarroel include special tapas offerings available Tuesday – Thursday, a Thursday ‘Guy’s Night’ for steak specials and more seafood options. And don’t forget their beloved weekend brunch that includes breakfast options like Challah French toast, Farmer’s Market Frittata and much more!

The open house and anniversary party will be held on Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting, complimentary cocktails, special desserts, giveaways and delicious treats from the menu. Verona Mayor Kevin Ryan and Director of Administration & Economic Development Steven J. Neale will be in attendance to support Nelson on her successful first year.

If you haven’t visited the Zaferon Grill yet, this is the perfect opportunity to experience what everyone has been raving about. Be sure to join #HipNJ in supporting this fun week of celebration and sophisticated cuisine!

New York Yankees Home Opener to Unveil Stadium’s New Dining Menu

In celebration of the upcoming baseball season and the New York Yankees home opener on Monday, April 2nd against the Tampa Bay Rays, #HipNJ is featuring the new menu offerings available to all fans at Yankee Stadium! In addition to improving creative ballpark favorites, the stadium continues to provide numerous social gathering spaces on all levels of the stadium for mingling and enjoying a few drinks.

Unique food and beverage options are developed for the purpose of enhancing the fan experience. Some interesting new options include Yankee Stadium Grand Slam Shakes, the vegan Beyond Sausage served on a pretzel roll from the Bareburger Stand, King’s Hawaiian Offerings featuring Kona BBQ Brisket Burnt Ends and Original Sweet Pineapple BBQ Kalua Pork Nachos and much more!

Social gathering locations remain the focus of stadium coordinators who have ensured that there is at least one on every level of the stadium. These include the Toyota Terrace overlooking the Yankee bullpen, the Budweiser Party Deck and the Kids Clubhouse. The newest of these spaces is the Blue Point Bleacher Bar that will be the exclusive distributer of NY Pinstripe Pilsner. Blue Point Brewery’s latest master creation, the NY Pinstripe Pilsner combines lime aroma with a crisp taste and is brewed with the Yankee fan in mind.

Anyone can enjoy the new offerings at Yankee stadium thanks to the teams continued effort to supply value-priced tickets for fans hoping to enjoy a game. Pinstripe passes will be available for purchase for just $15 and includes entry for standing room only and one drink (yes this include beer for guests 21 and over). $10 Grandstand level tickets are also available.

Be sure to book your tickets and satisfy your spring baseball fix!  Tickets may be purchased online at www.yankees.com 

Viaggio Ristorante: Modern Italian from a Masterful Young Chef

Tucked in an unassuming strip mall on Hamburg Turnpike is a reimagined Tuscan farmhouse with an industrial vibe that’s home to some of the state’s most exciting and assured Modern Italian cooking. #HipNJ has the scoop on Viaggio Ristorante in Wayne, and on the masterful Chef Felice.

Viaggio, which means “journey” or “travel” in Italian, received the highest rating for a Passaic County restaurant in years from The Record. “Felice’s best dishes bear intense, soulful flavors that evoke those of the acclaimed Babbo in Manhattan, where Felice was once an extern,” reviewer Elisa Ung noted.

Chef Felice describes his cooking as “the way food is eaten in Italy — super fresh, meant for sharing, simple and straightforward.” A Sussex native, the 26-year-old Chef Felice owns Viaggio with his father, Joe, a seasoned restaurateur.

Housemade farfalle with shrimp, leek, and fennel.

Viaggio’s menu is structured as it would be in Italy, with Antipasti, Primi and Secondi courses. Must-have starters include an earthy, sophisticated salad of Roasted Beets with Pistachio and Mint; Calamari Fritti in a lush Lemon Butter Sauce; and hearty Eggplant Caponata or Roasted Pepper Bruschetta. 

A centerpiece of the Viaggio experience is an  impressive selection of salumi, most house-cured and the rest imported from Italy. “In order to be truly authentic, I knew I had to make my own,” Chef Felice says.

The Primi course is just as exceptional, with all but two pastas made in-house. Standouts include a fragrant Farfalle with Shrimp, Fennel and Leeks; rustic, classic Kabocha Squash Capellacci with Sage Brown Butter and Hazelnuts; and Gnocchi with local Jurgielewicz Farm Duck Ragu and Ricotta Salata.     

This winter entrées feature what Ung called an “unforgettable interpretation” of Chicken alla Cacciatore, made with Lancaster Amish chicken stuffed with herbs, cheese and breadcrumbs; Branzino al Cartoccio with Fregula, Tomato and Olive; and a hearty Piemontese Tagliata w/Rosemary Smashed Potatoes and Cippolini Agrodolce.

Dolci, such as a moist, flavorful Rosemary Olive Oil Cake and house-spun gelato, hit just the right complementary note.

Viaggio Ristorante brings an Italian coursed menu to Wayne. To learn more, check out their website.