Don’t expect veal parm at this N.J. Italian eatery

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Mario Batali is always frustratingly vague in his response to that often-asked query: When are you — as a Rutgers alum and former stromboli maker in New Brunswick — returning to New Jersey? When are you going to open a restaurant for us? Batali makes no promises, yet remains diplomatic. But as someone who has…

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NorthJersey.com’s What’s New At 10 Restaurants

Fazzoletti pasta from Viaggio Ristorante. (Photo: Signe Bircke Photography)

Spring menus: What’s new at 10 restaurants By: Sophia F. Gottfried, Staff Writer for NorthJersey.com “Ramps are one of my all-time favorite vegetables in the whole world,” says Robbie Felice, chef-partner at Viaggio Ristorante in Wayne. Expect to see ramps in everything at Viaggio this spring – charred ramps with olive oil and burrata, pasta…

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Baristanet | Viaggio: Rustic, Modern Italian Worth The Journey To Wayne

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BY Liz George for Baristanet NJ Wine & Food Festival, the state’s premiere food event, features well-known celebrity chefs from Jersey’s culinary scene and beyond. You’ll recognize names from Top Chef as well as local chefs such as Michael Carrino, Ryan DePersio, Ariane Duarte and Francesco Palmieri. This year, there’s a new young chef to…

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A Journey Among Friends

When 26-year-old Chef Robbie Felice was presented the opportunity to open a restaurant in a Wayne, N.J. strip mall by his father, he turned to co-worker and friend Jin Lee to go along this journey with him and Viaggio was born. The wunderkind chef and his team are coming up with unique takes on tradition…

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Spring flavors at Viaggio Ristorante in Wayne

This warm weather has us craving a respite from the hearty flavors of winter. For a bite of pure springy flavor, try the fazzoletti pasta at Viaggio Ristorante in Wayne. The primi course of chef Robbie Felice’s menu features house-made fazzoletti, which translates to “handkerchiefs” in Italian (the delicate squares do, in fact, resemble handkerchiefs). Each…

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Chef Spotlight: Robbie Felice, of Viaggio by JerseyBites.com

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A Culinary Institute of America grad, Chef Robbie Felice worked for years in properties owned by the Mario Batali-Joe Bastianich hospitality empire, including as sous chef and head of the salumi program at B+B Ristorante in Las Vegas. He has also staged at Michelin-starred restaurants in the Netherlands and Belgium, cooked at the 2-Michelin-starred the Modern…

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New Jersey Monthly | The Best New Restaurants of 2017

Viaggio, Wayne With their forward flavors, diverse cuisines and down-home to upscale vibes, these winners will put a smile on your face. By Adam Erace, Andrea Clurfeld, Eric Levin, Fran Schumer, Jill P. Capuzzo, Karen Tina Harrison, Lauren Yobs, Mary Ann Castronovo Fusco, Peg Rosen, Rosie Saferstein, Suzanne Zimmer Lowery, Tammy La Gorce and Tara…

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Where to eat now in N.J.: The 10 hottest restaurants for January by NJ.com

VIAGGIO RISTORANTE: Viaggio is the brainchild of father/son duo Joe Felice (Gourmet Cafe, Casa di Amici, and Good Food Cafe), and executive chef Robbie Felice. The Wayne-based Italian restaurant specializes in “pared down dishes” with a farm-to-table mantra. Viaggio receives their ingredients from farms throughout the area including Stillwell and Fossil Farms. The menu here is…

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North Jersey com 17 people to watch in New Jersey in 2017

From the Bridgegate trial, to the Garden State’s role in the presidential election, to the ongoing scourge of addiction, 2016 was a turbulent year for New Jersey. We saw familiar faces and issues taking center stage and dominating the headlines. But as a new year begins, it’s time to look ahead at those who could help shape our future. Some…

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