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VICOLO ITALIAN RESTAURANT CELEBRATES VALENTINE’S DAY with entertainment and flowers

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM RILEY

Are you looking for a great place to bring your family or a loved one for a special dining experience on Valentine’s Day? At Vicolo, your special lady will be treated like a Queen and given a rose in her honor. Rocklanders and people from Bergen County are flocking to Vicolo, the fine Italian restaurant tucked into the popular Bi-State Shopping Center in Old Tappan, New Jersey. Whether your tastes are traditional or avant-garde, Vicolo’s palate-pleasing lunches and dinners will have you singing its praises. At a recent visit at this popular restaurant, the Kousoulas Family were dining with their granddaughters and came over to owner Beny Qosaj and said, “The food here is wonderfully prepared, and the service is impeccable. That’s why I come here so often. Thank you for a memorable dining experience.” Vicolo Ristorante has the warmth, charm and friendliness of your favorite neighborhood spot. For eight years, it has delighted diners of all ages, families, romantic couples and music lovers especially on weekends. Joe, a retired lawyer said, “I love Vicolo because the food is fabulous and because Neil Dankman’s crowd-pleasing singing voice sounds similar to Bobby Darin, Elvis, Sinatra and Willie Nelson.” Interior of Vicolo Ristorante

Many newspapers and magazines have written articles extolling the cuisine, ambiance and service at Vicolo. Here is what Zagat said, “The many specialties continue to be creatively presented. Their Lobster and

Father Wojciech, the Pastor of Our Lady of Victory is a regular at Vicolo

Shrimp in Brandy Cream Sauce along with Zuppa di Risotto Pescator

and says it’s a wonderful place. “I once met a couple here, and we

are luscious. Veal Chop Fiorentina followed by spinach, mozzarella and

became good friends. They have invited me to dinner several times,

Marsala wine will ensure the success of Cupid’s arrow when you go for

and we sit and talk. There was a 94-year-old woman whom I was able

a romantic dinner.”

to counsel along with others while we ate and celebrated life. Often I feel I do Holy Work here. Beny is a wonderful restaurateur, he greets

Everybody loves Vicolo’s buy one get one free dinners Sunday through

people like family and is generous with his servings.”

Thursday, especially families. Beny said, “We have a tremendous wine list, an extensive menu and an express lunch menu at $9.95. We offer

Beny confesses his secret to his success: “My father owns II Vicolo in

an early bird special from 4pm-6pm for $15-$19.95. We also have a

Torino, Italy, and he sends me chefs with their secret Italian recipes

catering menu, and 15% off your take-out. We are available for private

passed down through the ages. When you offer great service, deli-

parties and any kind of special occasion or corporate event. Just call

cious food, plus wonderful entertainment every Friday and Saturday

me at 201-497-8777, and I’ll take care of everything.”

night, from 7:30pm-11pm, you have success.”

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Rivertown Magazine February 2019  

Rivertown Magazine February 2019