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Rahway Restaurant Week brings ‘dinner and a show’ to city

Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 1/15/18

As the home of the Union County Performing Arts Center, art galleries, dance studios and cultural programs, Rahway has become known as the Central Jersey hub of the arts, bringing in those with a creative spirit from all over the state.

However, no show is complete without a top-notch meal, and with Rahway Restaurant Week coming for the third year Monday, Jan. 22, to Friday, Jan. 26, when about 20 restaurants will offer a prix fixe menu of $40 or less, visitors will be able to sample meals at a bargain price.

“Not only do we have a thriving arts district, we also have amazing restaurants with great walkability from one another,” said Ann Marie Williams, managing director of the Rahway Arts and Business Partnership and Rahway resident for about 13 years. “People come for the destination and the restaurants have been a huge part of that. They want dinner and a show.”

Courtesy of Cubanu Restaurant

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Two Sevens of Princeton offers shareable Latin eats in casual digs

Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 1/8/18

The holidays may be over, but the spirit of giving and sharing is alive and well in Princeton with the addition of Two Sevens, a lively Latin eatery with a focus on sharing plates in an unpretentious and playful atmosphere, at 277 Witherspoon St.

The Fenwick Hospitality Group restaurant, which also operates Agricola, Cargot Brasserie and Dinky Bar, opened its doors Dec. 20 with a menu of dishes such as octopus tostada ($10), short ribs with fresh tortillas, rice and beans ($25), arepas with braised chicken, black beans and queso fresco ($9) and housemade tacos with meats such as marinated pork shoulder, fried oyster mushrooms and crispy white fish ($4 to $4.50).

Photo Courtesy of Two Sevens

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RedBrick Pizza debuts in North Brunswick

Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 1/2/18

NORTH BRUNSWICK – Got a nasty pizza addiction that you just can’t kick?

Thanks to RedBrick Pizza Kitchen Café, known for its fire-roasted gourmet pizza with hand-crafted organic dough made fresh daily, organic red sauce and premium toppings, you can feel a little less guilty the next time you dig into a slice — or five.

The chain’s newest location as of Dec. 18 at 754 Shoppes Blvd., North Brunswick — and first and only New Jersey location — is operated by Shivam J. Patel & Saad K. Farooq, South Brunswick residents and Rutgers graduates who were looking for a healthy concept to bring to their hometown.

~Courtesy of RedBrick Pizza

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DeLucia’s Brick Oven Pizza of Raritan celebrates 100 years

Written by MyCentralJersey.com on 12/19/17

When Constantino DeLucia, an Italian immigrant, opened a bread bakery on First Avenue in Raritan in 1917, he probably wouldn’t have guessed that his brick bread oven would still be in use in 2017 by his great-grandson, Christian DeLucia.

However, three million pizzas later, the DeLucias are still cooking up pizza in that same oven in the site which became DeLucia’s Brick Over Pizza in the early 1950s, evolving to capitalize on America’s pizza craze.

“There’s not many places in this country that have been through four generations in 100 years,” said DeLucia, who lives in Raritan. “My great-grandfather would be ecstatic and very proud.”

Courtesy of DeLucia’s Brick Oven Pizza

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