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...

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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,...

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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!

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                                                                                                      ...

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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...

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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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