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In Search of Chicken Parmigiana in New Jersey?

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Dinner Menu, Recipes, The New Bridge Inn Blog | 0 comments

In Search of Chicken Parmigiana in New Jersey?

Nothing screams Italian-American food like Chicken Parmigiana and at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn, some nights we can’t even keep up with the orders… but it may shock you learn that Chicken Parmigiana is not really a traditional Italian dish. In fact, many food historians suspect that Chicken Parmigiana is actually an international variation of an old traditional Sicilian recipe called “Parmigiana di Melanzane,” which refers to a fried and then baked eggplant dish.  The story goes that Sicilians would dip slices of eggplant in a thin layer of beaten egg, bread and fry them, top them with slices of parmesan cheese and home-made tomato sauce before finally baking them in the oven. Food historian have found writings that describe this method of cooking that are over two hundred years old! The word “Parmigiana” technically means “from Parma,” but the town of Parma is actually in Northern Italy and is, in fact, nowhere near Sicily!  Also, “Parmigiana” has nothing to do with the “Parmesan” cheese sometimes used to make the dish.  Somewhere along the line, Italian-American immigrants in places like New Jersey, New York and Toronto started making their own version of the dish using breaded chicken cutlets, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.  As you can see, it is no wonder that the origins of Chicken Parmigiana have been widely debated among Italian-Americans from all over the country!  In fact, there are many dishes that we enjoy in the United States that just cannot be found in Italy! There is one thing we certain of though; and that’s where you can get the best Chicken Parmigiana in North Jersey!  And that’s right here at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn! What’s that?  You can’t make it to our famous little Italian Restaurant in Bergen County?  Don’t sweat it!  You can make Sanzari’s Chicken Parmigiana at home! Here is our Best Chicken Parmigiana in New Jersey Recipe: INGREDIENTS 1 cup plain breadcrumbs 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (not the fake stuff) 1/4 tsp dry thyme 1/4 tsp dry oregano 1 tsp fresh parsley, finely minced 8 chicken cutlets (about 1 1/2 pounds total) Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 cup of flour 2 large eggs 3 cups your favorite tomato sauce, with extra if serving over pasta 1/4 cup olive oil 16 ounces mozzarella cheese, fresh is ok, but shredded or deli sliced melts better, cut into thick slices   DIRECTIONS Pre-heat oven broiler. Set up three shallow bowls or pie plates next to stovetop.  In first bowl, combine breadcrumbs, parsley, oregano, thyme and Parmesan in a shallow bowl.  In second bowl scramble two eggs.  In third bowl, add pinch of salt and pepper to flour.  Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Dip chicken in the flour, then beaten egg, and then dredge in breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat both sides evenly. Spread half of tomato sauce onto the bottom of a 10-by-15-inch baking dish. Heat 4-6 tablespoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 4 breaded chicken cutlets in skillet; cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Using a spatula, transfer browned cutlets to baking dish, placing them on top of sauce. Repeat with remaining oil and cutlets. Top each cutlet with a heaping tablespoon of tomato sauce and slice of...

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Vote Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn for Best Italian Restaurant in Bergen County!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Special Events, The New Bridge Inn Blog | 0 comments

Vote Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn for Best Italian Restaurant in Bergen County!

It’s October in Bergen County NJ which means that is time for 201 Magazine’s Best of Bergen Poll!  This year we need your help!  If you agree that it is true, please vote for Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn as Best Italian Restaurant in Bergen County! We know that there are a lot of fine Italian restaurants that are competing for this top spot, but we would like to give you the top 5 reasons for choosing Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn: We take pride in our food.  Every plate that leaves our kitchen is important.  We procure the freshest, highest quality ingredients available to make our dishes.  We strive for big flavor, big value and rock solid consistency.  Our signature double cut organic pork chop is going to knock your socks off every time, not just sometimes.  If you are looking for the best cheesecake in New Jersey, we challenge you to try our Dark Fudge Brownie Cheesecake without passing out from complete bliss. We bend over backwards to make our customers comfortable.  If you have been to Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn more than a few times, chances are we know your name and we know what you like. We give you different dining experiences with the same commitment to quality.  You can enjoy your favorite pasta dish over a romantic conversation in a quiet corner of our main dining room, or in while watching your favorite sports team in the hustle and bustle of our bar room. We know how to have fun.  Our staff is full of energy and enthusiasm.  We care about what we do and we have fun doing it.  The weekends at Sanzari’s are legendary.  From the beautifully prepared specials on our dinner menu to the awesome music of Liza and Josh in the bar, Friday and Saturday nights at Sanzari’s are a must for your night out.  If you are a mid-week night owl, we have Jerry Tolve performing in the bar on Wednesday nights!  If you are looking for the best live entertainment in Bergen County, look no further. Our loyal customers are truly awesome and they make you feel like family.  That’s not a silly slogan.  Ask a Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn regular why they keep coming back, and they will tell you that the food is great, the music is awesome, but it’s the people that are stars of the show.  Our loyal fans are just spectacular. Please take a moment out of your busy day and help us grab the top spot for Best of Bergen this year!  Vote Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn in New Milford in Question 23 for Best Italian Restaurant!  The easy-to-use online survey is located at http://www.201magazine.com/vote. Thank you! PS – If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience our restaurant yet, please use our online reservation tool provided by OpenTable to make your reservation. We would love to meet you! Reserve Now On OpenTable.com Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn (129292), New York / Tri-State Area Reservations    ...

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Jerry Tolve on Wednesday Nights at Sanzari’s!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in The New Bridge Inn Blog | 0 comments

Jerry Tolve on Wednesday Nights at Sanzari’s!

Please join us every Wednesday night from 7:30PM to 11:30PM for entertainment at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn featuring “The Singing DJ” Jerry...

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The Best Business Lunch in Bergen County NJ!

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in The New Bridge Inn Blog | 0 comments

The Best Business Lunch in Bergen County NJ!

Just in time for the fall!  We are officially announcing our new expanded lunch menu!  Over the past few weeks we have reworked our lunchtime menu to offer additional and new items in an effort to cater to our ever-growing lunch crowd.  The new menu provides our patrons with Italian-inspired favorites at an exceptional value.  If you work in or around Hackensack, the County seat of Bergen County, and are used to leaving the office for lunch, we humbly invite you to stop in and give our brand new lunch menu a try. Our goal is to become the best place for a business lunch in Bergen County!  Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn is in the heart of New Milford, which is centrally located in Bergen County, and is less than 10 minutes from the Superior Courthouse in Hackensack!  If you get a chance to take a lunch break this week, we hope you come spend it with us!  (You can find our new lunch menu and prices at the bottom of this post.)   “Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn is great choice for a quick lunch if you work or live near Hackensack, NJ!”   The Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn NEW Lunch Menu!   APPETIZERS‎ French Onion Soup        7.00 Au gratin style Stuffed Mushrooms       9.00 Sausage and roasted pepper stuffing finished in a sherry demi-glace P.E.I. Mussels                                                                                                                                                                         13.00 Red or white sauce Egg Yolk Raviolo                                                                                                                                                                10.00 Filled with ricotta, truffle oil and egg yolk served with brown butter sauce and dusted with Romano cheese Spedini Alla Romano                                                                                                                                                        10.00 Brochette of mozzarella and bread served with a caper butter sauce Colossal Shrimp Cocktail                                                                      ...

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Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn Brings the Beach to Bergen County

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Special Events, Specialty, The New Bridge Inn Blog | 0 comments

Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn Brings the Beach to Bergen County

When Joe Sanzari first opened Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn, he wanted to have a special night every month where his friends and business acquaintances could get together, enjoy an extraordinarily prepared meal, listen to to great live entertainment and engage with great company.  This monthly event turned into a private supper club of sorts and is now fondly known as “The Braciola Club.”  While most of the year a seat at The Braciola Club monthly dinner is strictly by invite only, every summer there is a special version of The Braciola Club that has recently been opened to the public.  It is known as “The Braciola Club Beach Party” and this year it falls on Tuesday, July 29th. The Braciola Club Beach Party sounds like it should be held somewhere on the Jersey Shore, but it isn’t.  It is held right in the parking lot of Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn in New Milford NJ, and it is a quite a sight to behold. This year over 5 tons of fine, sandbox-quality sand is trucked into the parking lot to create a private “beach” and regulation sized beach volley ball court.  And Sanzari’s doesn’t stop there.  There are also two perfectly level, regulation sized Bocce Ball Courts and Horseshoe Pit. Guests are encouraged to participate in the many tournaments throughout the day as they enjoy some of the best barbecue in New Jersey.  Some guests like to work up a sweat as they dance to summertime hits sung by Liza and Josh, New Jersey’s best live entertainment.  If it gets a little too hot, it is not a problem.  Sanzari’s has you covered with a huge Tiki Bar staffed with seasoned mixologists ready to help quench the thirst of every party goer. If you are not into breaking a sweat and you just want to satisfy the foodie in you, The Beach Party is definitely the place to be.  The catering staff creates an all-you-can-eat buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, pastas, fresh salads, barbecue smoked baby back ribs that fall right off the bone, high quality hand cut grilled steaks, corn on the cob, french fries and the list goes on an on.  The shrimp boat at the Beach Party is literally a huge boat filled with shrimp, lobster tails, fresh shucked oysters and clams, and crab legs.  It is truly a hedonistic outdoor gourmet event that is not to be missed. Want to field your own volley ball team for The Braciola Club Beach Party this summer?  Need a great idea for your office picnic this year?  Or would you just like to come for the great food and awesome live entertainment?   Well, if there are any tickets still available, you be hard pressed to find a more unique good time this summer! If you are interested in coming to The Beach at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn this year, please contact Thomas Scuderi at 201-692-7700.  We hope to see you there!    Event:     The Braciola Club Beach Party at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn    Date:       Tuesday, July 29th    Time:       6pm to 10pm    Tickets:  $200 per person (Please note:  Due to this special nature of this event, tickets must be purchased in...

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Looking For The Best Father’s Day Dinner in Northern NJ?

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in The New Bridge Inn Blog | 0 comments

Looking For The Best Father’s Day Dinner in Northern NJ?

Well look no further!  At Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn, you’ve come to the right place for finding all the things that Dad loves!  Lobster tails? – CHECK! Steaks? – CHECK!  The Best Pork Chop in Bergen County? – CHECK!  A big, beautiful bowl of spaghetti with meatballs? – CHECK!! With our inspire Italian menu and our robust wine list, you just can’t got wrong…  Your Dad will love you for treating him to the best Father’s Day Dinner in Bergen County! And if you need some great ideas for Father’s Day gifts, we can help there as well: Make him an offer he can’t refuse with Classic Quotes from The Godfather movie available at Barnes & Noble Tell him he’s cheesy (in a good way) with a subscription to Murray’s Cheese of the Month Club Let him check those steaks from 150 feet away with the iGrillMini Meat Thermometer Or give the best holiday gift in New Jersey this season – a Gift Certificate to Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn! We know that to be the best restaurant in Bergen County you have to go the extra mile, so help us out and tell us your ideas for this year’s ultimate Father’s Day gift in the comment section below. If you would like to make your reservations for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 15th, you can do it right here!  Have a great Father’s Day and remember: “Say NO to another necktie and YES to a big Pork Chop!”   Reserve Now On OpenTable.com Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn (129292), New York / Tri-State Area Reservations              ...

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New Jersey’s Best Easter Dinner Hot Spot Sweetens the Deal!

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Holidays, The New Bridge Inn Blog | 0 comments

New Jersey’s Best Easter Dinner Hot Spot Sweetens the Deal!

If you are going to strive to be the best Italian restaurant in New Jersey, you have to be willing to make every evening just a little bit special. We love going the extra mile to make things special at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn whenever we possibly can, and this Easter is no different. This year we are offering the best Easter dinner in Bergen County! You can see our awesome Easter menu right here on our website. Our special Easter dinner menu is offered at $38.95 for adults and $19.95 for children, plus tax and gratuity. If you join us for dinner on Easter Sunday you can choose from many beautifully prepared main courses like our signature Stuffed Loin of Pork or our succulent Veal Capricciosa! You can also choose to upgrade your main course to Filet Mignon Rossini or Grilled Rack of Lamb for only $7.00 more. If you have any children in your party, they will also receive a special Easter gift from us. (Want to know what it is? We don’t want to spoil the surprise but it’s very chocolaty.) It’s just one more way that we making things a little sweeter at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn (literally)!  PS – If you do have young children, you may want to check the Easter Egg Hunt in Ridgewood, NJ on Saturday, April 19th – the morning before Easter! Holidays are meant to be spent with your family, enjoying each other’s company and feasting on your favorite foods. Don’t spend this Easter in your kitchen. Spend it with your family at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn and let us do all the work! We promise: You will not be disappointed! Have a wonderful holiday and we hope to see you this weekend! Reserve Now On OpenTable.comPowered By...

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Are You Ready for the Best Easter Dinner in Bergen County NJ?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Holidays, The New Bridge Inn Blog | 0 comments

Are You Ready for the Best Easter Dinner in Bergen County NJ?

When most people are asked what they cannot live without on Easter, some respond with a particular brand of chocolate rabbit, a favorite place to bring their children for an Easter egg hunt or their dearest loved ones that they love to visit with. At Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn, we are all about family tradition; and that’s why we go all out to provide the best Easter dinner in Bergen County NJ. Our goal is to have our patrons enjoy a special Easter meal with their friends and families that they will remember forever. Many of us at the restaurant are of Italian-American descent and we all have very fond memories of our big Italian Easter dinners with our families. Perhaps you have a memory of a time when the Easter Bunny made an appearance at your home when you were a child. Maybe you remember making the braided Easter egg bread, or pinza, with your Grandmother. At our home, someone would always show up with a homemade Pizzagaina (sometimes called an Italian Easter Ham Pie), which was filled with egg, cheese and prosciutto. My grandmother used to make a beautiful lattice-topped Pastiera di Grano, an Easter Wheat Pie, for dessert. It was like a ricotta cheesecake that was speckled throughout with wheat berries and lightly flavored with orange blossom water! Absolutely delicious! My aunts would fight over who would get the last piece to eat with their coffee. (PS – If anyone knows a good bakery in Bergen County that still makes a traditional Pastiera di Grano (also called a Pizzagrana), PLEASE let me know! I’m on a never-ending search for a great one…) The point is – at Sanzari’s, we know what great memories of Easter are made of.  In Italian there is an old saying – “Natale con i tuoi e Pasqua con chi vuoi.” It means Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you want. If you are thinking about what to do for Easter dinner this year, let us help make the decision easier for you. Call up your favorite people on earth and invite them to the best Easter dinner in Bergen County at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn!  Then after all the Easter egg hunts are over, come make some new memories with us! Make your reservations today while we still have room available! Please check out our special Bergen County Easter Dinner menu in the Menu section of our website. Our staff is already getting ready to prepare the best Easter Dinner in Bergen County! Don’t be left out! So what are some of your Easter traditions and favorite memories of Easter...

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Best Place to Eat in Bergen County on St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Holidays, The New Bridge Inn Blog | 0 comments

Best Place to Eat in Bergen County on St. Patrick’s Day

If there is one thing that we love at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn, it’s holidays!  And one of our favorites is St. Patrick’s Day.  (Yes, we know we are primarily an Italian restaurant; but on this day:  KISS ME, I’M IRISH!) There is something special about enjoying a beer at our bar on St. Paddy’s Day at Sanzari’s.   Our St. Patrick’s Day celebration has become a bit of a Bergen County tradition over the years and 2014 will be no different. You can expect lively music, great food, and plenty of Bergen County residents dressed in green! This year we some fantastic live Irish music planned throughout the day and our famous Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner at night!  Sanzari’s is also the perfect spot to grab lunch after the 33rd Annual Bergen County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Bergenfield on March 16th!  It’s a great parade that marches up Washington Avenue starting at 2PM on Sunday, March 16th.  Check it out and then come visit us! Reservations for the best St. Patrick’s Day Dinner in Bergen County fill up quickly, so don’t be left out!  Make your reservations today on right our website!  We look forward to seeing...

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The Braciola Club Beach Party

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in The New Bridge Inn Blog | 0 comments

The Braciola Club Beach Party

Have you heard about Joe Sanzari’s Private Supper Club – The Braciola Club?  Every month Mr. Sanzari hosts a meeting of The Braciola Club at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn, the best restaurant in Bergen County.  The Braciola Club is where northern New Jersey Professionals gather for a memorable evening of networking, great entertainment and fantastic food!   Every summer, Mr. Sanzari fills the parking lot at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn with sand, transforming it into The Braciola Summer Beach Party! For more information about how to attend a dinner at The Braciola Club, please contact Thomas Scuderi...

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