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September, 2005

Inside This Edition: Jersey Shadow Review: Lyndhurst Diner & Restaurant in Lyndhurst, NJ; IL Villaggio Restaurant in Morris Plains, NJ and people Born In Jersey!

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The Lyndhurst Diner & Restaurant - The Lyndhurst Diner & Restaurant in, you guessed it, Lyndhurst, offers a good meal and a good deal more.  I love old Jersey Diners, and while we can't claim to have invented the diner, we did perfect it.  New Jersey is recognized as the diner capital of the world.  Over in Lyndhurst is a classic Northern New Jersey diner complete with vintage sign out front to lure passing motorists in for a bite.  While driving along the Passaic River, I stopped in for a late lunch.

 

Typical to most every Northern New Jersey neighborhood diner is the "everybody knows everybody" atmosphere and it can definitely be found here.  I also found a Cheese-steak Sandwich here with hot peppers on Italian garlic bread that was really good.  The server informed that they had no French Fries available and that has never happened to me before.  A Jersey diner without fries... hmmm... oh well... I was mostly interested in the sandwich anyway.  

I ate my lunch and enjoyed the movie-like atmosphere here.  Everyone seemed so perfectly cast in their roles that all that was missing was a film crew to capture it all.  Anyway, the bill from lunch arrived and I was charged full price for my sandwich which was supposed to come with French Fries but never did.  All in all, it was a good experience and a good meal with an Italian twist.  I would definitely return, but if they don't have French Fries next time I'm ordering something else that doesn't come with them. -Jersey Shadow-

Lyndhurst Diner & Restaurant
540 Riverside Ave
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
Main Phone: 201-933-7660

 

 

Here Are Some Noteworthy People Born In Jersey?

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Born In Jersey

Bud Abbott -  comedian, Asbury Park
Edwin Aldrin - astronaut, Montclair
William Count Basie - band leader, Red Bank
Aaron Burr - political leader, Newark
Lloyd H. Conover - inventor, Orange
James Fenimore Cooper - author, Burlington
David Copperfield - magician, Metuchen
Lou Costello - comedian, Paterson
Allen Ginsberg - poet, Newark
William Frederick Halsey, Jr. - admiral, Elizabeth
Lauryn Hill - rapper, South Orange
Donald Fletcher Holmes - inventor, Woodbury
Whitney Houston - entertainer, Newark
Ice-T - rapper, Newark
Alfred Joyce Kilmer - poet, New Brunswick
Alfred C. Kinsey - zoologist, Hoboken
Ernie Kovacs - comedian, Trenton
Dorothea Lange - photographer, Hoboken
Jerry Lewis - comedian, film director, Newark
Anne Morrow Lindbergh - author, Englewood
Norman Mailer - author, Long Branch
Jack Nicholson - actor, Neptune City
Joe Piscopo - comedian, actor, Passaic
Antonin Scalia - jurist,Trenton
Norman Schwarzkopf - army general, Trenton
Frank Sinatra - singer, actor, Hoboken
Kevin Spacey - actor, South Orange
Alfred Stieglitz - photographer, Hoboken
Meryl Streep - actress, Summit
Dave Thomas - restaurateur, Atlantic City
William Henry Vanderbilt - financier, New Brunswick
Sarah Vaughan
- singer, Newark
Dionne Warwick - actress, singer, East Orange
Ray Liotta - actor, Newark

 
 

IL Villaggio Restaurant- I often hear of interesting places to dine from readers and friends which is always welcome.  On a recommendation from a friend, I checked out IL Villaggio in Morris Plains on a Sunday evening.  Walking into a good restaurant without a reservation at 5:30PM in Northern New Jersey usually means one thing...  a long wait.  IL Villaggio is located in a strip mall in the "Powder Mill" complex so one would think the place would be packed, or at least busy, but there were only a few diners when we arrived... not a good sign. 

The restaurant is much larger on the inside than it looks from the outside and it's comfortable but not overly so.  The service was good as we were waited on immediately.  Sure there weren't many people there, but I've been to many an empty place and had to wait to get served so this was a great sign that perhaps a good meal lay ahead.

My guest had the Veal Francese and remarked how good it was.  I had the Veal Madeira which was quite good.  My veal special came with artichokes, shitake mushrooms and peppers.  The veal was very high quality and it was a good portion, not overwhelming nor under so.  I'd much rather enjoy a high quality veal meal that's correctly portioned rather than something of lesser quality but more of it.

I enjoyed my veal so much and I had room for dessert, so I ordered the Chocolate Mouse Cake which was very rich and very delicious.  Diners began arriving during our meal and as we left the whole room where we were seated was nearly filled.  I does seem a bit odd to me that one can walk into a decent restaurant in Northern New Jersey without a reservation on a Sunday after 5:30pm and sit right down, but It can be done at IL Vil
laggio.  So there you have it...  a good place to eat on a Sunday evening and a good time to go. -Jersey Shadow-

IL Villaggio Restaurant
State Hwy 10 E
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Main Phone: 973-644-4888


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