Bergen County – NJ

Porta Pizza

    

From: Porta Pizza in Jersey City, NJ
You want to try an awesome spot in Jersey City? Check out Porta located near the Grove Street Path. The restaurant first opened up in Asbury Park back in 2011, where it’s not only a hit for its delicious food but for its nightlife. I went there one summer, enjoying the Jersey Shore as usual, and was blown away with how delicious the Neapolitan-style brick oven pizza was. Conveniently,  I was able to burn the calories off after since they have a great and spacious dance floor. It was truly the best of both worlds under one roof. Then I heard they opened one up in Jersey City so I had to try it out and it did not disappoint.

The restaurant itself is HUGE and that’s such a great thing to see and be a part of when normally all of the places in the surrounding area are smaller inside. Let’s put it this way, there’s one entrance on one street and the restaurant extends to the entrance on the next street. If they didn’t already have a ginormous space, they also have two separate floors. What I adore is the ambiance; it has a rustic feel, warm lighting, and varying types of tables to sit at including biergarten-like wooden tables. The staff we interacted with were extremely friendly and they didn’t rush us at all, they even made sure to take a quality table shot for us (since we were failing epically at the group selfie.)

Now onto the part you’ve been waiting for, the FOOD! The first picture I decided to post was their salad. It isn’t often that I go crazy for greens, I know they are necessary and I like to get them over with first, but this salad, was just phenomenal. It was called Cavolo Nero, which consisted of Tuscan kale, shaved sunchoke and watermelon radish, chile-garlic crostini, parmigiano reggiano, and a lemon-garlic dressing. The kale with the cheese, garlic, and lemon dressing was just making me so happy. Plus for $14, you get a huge portion. There were four of us females and we each had a generous serving of the shared dish. Next time, I would even order one just for myself.

However, there are still other things on the menu that need to be devoured. The dough for their pizza is just delightful and yummy. I meant to skip to the part about the type of pizza we tried, but I just had to throw that out as a disclaimer to how good it was. Therefore, any pie that you try will be the right choice. What we did try was the “Arugula” pie and the “14 1/2.” The 14 1/2 came with San Marzano tomatoes, homemade mozzarella, homemade ricotta, hot soppressata, Calarbian chiles, and extra virgin olive oil. This is what you see pictured above. The Arugula came with San Marzano tomatoes, homemade mozzarella, garlic, arugula, and truffle oil. You can clearly see that they use quality ingredients in everything they make.

I can’t believe I have written this much and haven’t even started talking about the nutella pie. Basically, you are taking the same type of dough with a denser consistency, smothering on a layer of nutella, sandwiching that with another piece of dough, then generously pouring it with powdered sugar. AMEN!

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BBQ Chicken Garlic Knot Slider

 

Garlic

From: Big Daddy’s Pizza and Grill in Hillsdale, NJ
I’m pretty sure all of the food groups are covered here. You’ve got your carbs, vegetable (okay, I know garlic is not the strongest veg but in my defense I did hear it’s good for your health), there’s some lean protein, and it’s complete with a sweet BBQ sauce. Hubba, Hubba!

This post was technically a friend referral but now I must try this myself. Although I have not yet tasted this magnificent creation, I think it is safe to say this looks quite yummy. How can you go wrong when your sandwich bread is a garlic knot? Plus, word on the street is that they serve several types of stuffed garlic knot sliders.

I think we can all agree, that’s good looking slider.

 

 

Creamy Goodness

Creamy Goodness

From: Noches de Colombia in Engelwood, NJ
The Pechuga a la Colombiana from Noches de Colombia is a wonderful brunch time dish. The grilled chicken topped with creamy mushroom sauce is so savory. I found myself dipping whatever I could into the sauce itself whether that was my arepa or the side of tostones.

Chicken Martini

Chicken Martini

From: Armando’s Tuscan Grill in River Vale, NJ
This dish is like the younger brother to the chicken francese. The Chicken Martini is (just as its name suggests) chicken with a romano crust cooked in a lemon and wine sauce. Strangely enough, one of my favorite parts of this meal is to dip the crunchy potato croquette into the sauce.

The Perfect Onion Ring

Onions Rings

From: The Fireplace Restaurant in Paramus, NJ
I would have to say I was on the search for the perfect onion ring. This required me to substitute fries for rings wherever I went. My quest finally came to an end when I stumbled upon these from The Fireplace. Enough onion for taste, but not too much where it slips out of its entire breaded coating. Plus it has a perfect crunch!