Here are 5 North Jersey restaurant openings you may have missed

Esther Davidowitz, North Jersey Record

While you were waiting for spring to arrive, a slew of restaurants opened in North Jersey. Here are 5 restaurant openings you may have missed in the past few months:

Osteria Crescendo, Westwood

The minute chef and owner Robbie Felice announced he would open a second restaurant, his fans could barely wait. They had tasted his homemade pasta, house-cured salumi, and unforgettable chicken cacciatore at his acclaimed Italian restaurant Viaggio in Wayne, and to have another spot to enjoy his culinary magic, well, that was thrilling.

That spot recently opened its doors to reveal a big bar, a first for Felice, and a modern, airy dining room that can seat 80. Its menu, not surprisingly, features hand-made pasta and house-cured salumi plus ethereal arancini. But unlike Viaggio, the entrées are meant to be shared: They’re served on a large scale — whole fish for two, including branzino with morels in a salsa verde ($59) and large in-house, dry-aged steaks such as the Tomahawk ribeye with rosemary potatoes ($159). Bring friends and dig in.

As for cocktails, Bei Sogni with Campari and egg whites should go well with Felice’s Italian fare or, better yet, that Italian classic, Negroni. Enjoy it on a sunny day around one of the sidewalk tables outside and don’t even hesitate for one second: The olive oil cake is a must.

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