#SCBDFavorite: Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings .@ChocoCarousel in Wall!

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So you’re driving to Belmar beach, when all of a sudden you are craving sweets and really could go for a cupcake or a chocolate covered pretzel. Well, good news–  I have a solution. Chocolate Carousel is located in Wall and is on your way to the shore.

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Chocolate Carousel is a family owned and operated bakery and sweet shop that has been around for years serving the community. They also make specialty and wedding cakes for any occasion. I had the opportunity to try some of their sweet treats and I was very impressed. I love nonpareils and their homemade nonpareils hit the spot. If you love chocolate covered pretzels this place is for you. They are delicious and no flavor overpowers another. I loved the cannolli cupcake I had which was big enough to share between two people. They also have a variety of homemade cookies and cake pops. The owner Lisa even told me that some of the cookie recipes have been passed down from the family so it’s not just any bakery!

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If you are not in a rush they also have seating in the store where you can enjoy your sweet treats and coffee. Trust me you won’t regret stopping in! Everything is made on-site and is fresh! So what are you waiting for? Satisfy your sweet tooth!

 

#SCBDReview: .@SpuntinoWineBar with Wine Boy

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Wine Boy and I were craving small plates and wine after a long day of working together, so we headed to Clifton, New Jersey. Right by the AMC Theater is an Italian Wine Bar and Tapas restaurant called Spuntino, known for its fabulous selection of Italian wines and small plates. The atmosphere was welcoming and I loved the decoration of wine racks surrounding the entire restaurant. The restaurant was divided into two main parts: the bar area and the rest of the restaurant with tables and booths.

Wine Boy and I had the nicest waitress: her name was Allison, so I highly recommend grabbing a table that is served by Allison. That night, Wine Boy and I shared truffle French fries made with truffle oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Italian herbs. After that, we shared spaghetti alla carbonara with bacon, peas, Pecorina Romano, and egg yolk. Finally, we had speck, which is smoked prosciutto, from the Aldo Adige region in Italy, served on grilled crostini.

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He simply had a soda since he offered to be my designated driver, so I treated myself to a quartino of Moscato. The Moscato was a 2011 fruity, medium bodied white from Trentino, specifically Mezzocorona which is a commune in this northern Italian region. I’m absolutely in love with the wine list at Spuntino. All of the wines are Italian wines. Suffice to say I fell in love with the moscato. It was not super sweet, which I find to be a great thing if it’s only sweet enough. Instead, the moscato was fruity, and I could smell pears, apples, and other light fruits.

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Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas also takes OpenTable reservation. I highly recommend going to Spuntino either on a date or with a group of friends and/or family so you can all share these small plates. You can also buy the wines by the bottle. There are over 150 Italian wines to try from nearly all of Italy’s 20 wine regions. Saluti, cin cin, e buon appetito!

 

Cheers!

XOXO

Kelly

@bobellerz

 

Main Website                   http://spuntinowinebar.com/

Spuntino’s Twitter          @SpuntinoWineBar

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#SCBDReview: Tea Time at the Merry Go Round & Calico Rose Cafe

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Located in scenic Sussex County, NJ, Calico Rose Café is every girl’s childhood fantasy – it’s the ultimate tea party in a Victorian home with the cutest trinkets and gifts around. The café is overflowing with dozens of wild looking hats and accessories, turning what some might think to be a dull tea party into a place designed for laughs and girl-time. With Victorian crystal chandeliers and vintage decor, the space is the perfect blend of elegance and country hospitality.

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We came out for lunch on a chilly Sunday and a pot of hot tea never sounded so good! I ordered the Ginger Peach blend (which comes in decaf or regular), but they had TONS of other flavors I was dying to try like Pomegranate Green and Darjeeling. The lunch menu was also pretty extensive, with a large selection of wraps, paninis, salads and fresh soups and quiche of the day. Naturally, I couldn’t decide what I wanted with so many options, so I opted for the popular Tea Sampler ($12.95). It was super adorable! The sampler came on four tiers, and had a house salad on the bottom, tiny tea sandwiches on the tier above, followed by assorted scones, tea breads and a nut muffin on the second tier, and finally tea cookies and Hershey’s kisses on top! The salad was light and refreshing with dried fruits and nuts, mandarin oranges, and crunchy noodles with a choice of dressing (I had ranch). The tea sandwiches were the perfect light bite and came in a few different varieties. The sampler also came with amazing strawberry butter and strawberry jam which I could have had by itself! Instead, I lathered up my tea sandwiches with both of them and chowed down.

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Everything was perfect (and super cute), but the pastries were the best part! One was a homemade slice of pound cake that was so moist it was to DIE for! The tea cookies on top really sealed the deal for the ultimate tea room treat.

After lunch, we took a peek around the rest of the house which, which is called the Merry Go Round Gift Shop. We couldn’t believe how many cool things we saw! If you’re looking for a sweet, unique gift for a special occasion, this is the place to go. Each room in the house is full of cool things, from gardening accessories to tea pots and character themed salt and pepper shakers to candles and decorative glassware.

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I don’t think it’s possible to come to the Calico Rose Tea Room and the Merry Go Round Gift Shop and not be in a good mood! If you’re looking for something different to do with your girlfriends or other special women in your life, this place is definitely worth the drive up Route 23.

Calico Rose Café
19 Route 23
Hamburg, NJ 07419
Telephone: 973-827-5578
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#SCBDExclusive – FDU’s Best Kept Secret at Vanderbilt’s Sports and Spirits

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photo 1Up on a hill across blue parking spots at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) College at Florham campus in Madison, there is a bar known as Vanderbilt’s. In the same way that Ted and the gang love the nonexistent MacLaren’s Pub in the Upper West Side, my friends and I love to go to Vanderbilt’s as our default bar of choice. (As a side note, if you want to see the bar that MacLaren’s is modeled after, it’s at a bar called McGee’s located in Midtown West on 55th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway.)

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Vanderbilt’s holds a special place in my heart, especially considering all I have to do is walk more or less the same distance I do to get to class in order to get a change in scenery from the luscious greenery of the former Vanderbilt and Twombly estate to see the classy Wyndham Hotel bar. Vanderbilt’s is an interesting mix of young urban professionals on a Friday and Saturday night and the football fan crowd on a Sunday afternoon when they have 99 cent wings.

photo 2When in doubt, I enjoy my Smuttynose IPA and play a rousing game of pool. When I think of Vanderbilt’s, I think of pool tables, gin, great buffalo wings, and the friendly bartenders who know my drink of choice. They have specials every night of the week, and I have always found the relaxed, low-key vibe of Vanderbilt’s to be a more economical and relaxing alternative to the bar and pseudo-club scene at Morristown.

photo 4More important the simple and welcoming atmosphere at Vanderbilt’s Sports and Spirit are the memories you will make with your friends that you bring there. Vanderbilt’s is the place I hold near and dear to me where I  will always look back fondly on the heart-to-heart talks I had with my girlfriends there, talking about our college and personal lives, attempting to piece together the road map and journey of life one Samuel Adams® OctoberFest at a time. Here’s looking at the Spinach Artichoke Dip. Cheers!

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OFFICIAL WEBSITES

http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/new-jersey/florham-park/wyndham-hamilton-park/hotel-dining/vanderbilts

http://www.hamiltonparkhotel.com/vanderbilts-sports-bar-nj.html

#SCBDExclusive: Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant debuts this Thursday in Brick, #NJ

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Get your tastebuds ready, Jersey Shore. Josh Barnhard, restaurateur of Taylor’s Dockside Restaurant and  Josh’s Coastal Chaos is back with a new restaurant– Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant.  Coastal Chaos is located ideally along the Metedeconk River on Princeton Avenue in Brick, NJ. Josh is taking up the space where his brother, Ryan Michael formerly  had his restaurant, Ryan Michael’s Waterfront Restaurant. Ryan has now taken up Josh’s old space and has a coastal barbecue concept in the works, stay tuned for details on that within the next few weeks. Now let us give you the details on what Josh has in store for you at  Coastal Chaos

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If you dined at Ryan Michael’s before this, be ready for a completely new concept. This time around, Josh is running operations and has an Executive Chef running the kitchen. Chaos’ Executive Chef, is a fellow Howell native and Howell High School graduate, Matthew Levine. Levine got his classical French training at The Culinary Education Center (an extension of Brookdale Community College)  in Asbury Park, NJ where he apprenticed under Chef John Brendesma. After graduation Levine became Executive Chef of the late Plan B in Asbury Park, Dive in Sea Bright, and last at Toast in Asbury Park. Levine told me, “I am really excited to part of the new restaurant with Josh. We are a great team and are excited to serve up ‘classy casual’, ‘chaotic comfort’ food in the new space.”

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 Coastal Chaos is definitely a foodies heaven. The lunch menu has soups, salads, and handheld items in it. This includes their take on the Caesar salad called,  Ides of March ($8.99) which has fresh romaine lettuce, grilled tomato, homemade croutons, grated asiago cheese, tossed in one of their three homemade dressings: Classic Caesar, Vegan, or Creole. I was also told that the Triple C Soup ($3.99/$5.99) is delicious and has fresh crab, herb roasted chicken, and sweet Jersey corn in it. Levine even included a the Brandesma Burger ($9.99), paying homage to his mentor, Chef John Brandesma. The burger is a seasoned half pound burger, topped with cheddar jack cheese, garlic-herb roasted tomatoes and pickled shallots. Getting hungry already?

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Dinner is just as delectable as lunch and features dishes such as Lucky Town Clams ($9.99) which is roasted clams topped with bacon hash, chorizo, onion leeks, carrot, celery and herb and Speakeasy Shrimp Cocktail ($8.99) three shrimp with a Bloody Mary cocktail sauce. The pasta selection also isn’t to be missed with dishes like, Lobster Mac N Cheese (19.99) which has Conchigle Giganti pasta tossed in their decadent truffle and cheese sauce with chunks of Fresh Lobster meat and topped with breadcrumbs. They also have something for those who are vegetarian and vegan, Vegan Lasagna ($16.99) which has fresh, local veggies layered with a vegan red sauce and tofu ricotta. If you are looking for seafood Coastal Chao definitely has you covered with dishes like Chaotic Paella ($20.99) Big Kahuna Salmon ($18.99). Last, the Georgia Baby Backs ($19.99) are not to be missed. These ribs are slow-cooked and topped  with the house-made grilled peach BBQ sauce and served with pan roasted corn and garlic smashed potatoes.  Coastal Chaos prides itself for serving fresh, never frozen and locally sourced ingredients in their dishes.

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The restaurant will be open for dinner opening night, this Thursday, March 20th from  4:30pm- close and will be open for lunch and dinner from this Friday. March 21st forward. They will also start serving breakfast beginning the weekend of March 29th. The breakfast menu will be the same menu from Josh’s previous breakfast & lunch concept, Josh’s  Coastal Chaos which will be sure to bring in some of his loyal regulars! Since the restaurant is along the Metedeconk River they also welcome anyone on their boats to dock & dine as they please. Coastal Chaos is currently a BYO restaurant but we hear working with a local winery is in the works.

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 Coastal Chaos is a family owned and operated BYO waterfront restaurant with a fun and friendly atmosphere. It’s tastefully decorated with a magnificent, scenic view of the Metedeconk River with outstanding cuisines, fair prices, and excellent customer service.” Levine and Barnhard plan to make it to their mission to give you that exactly.  Plan on coming to the  Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant opening this Thursday or Friday? Let us know what you think! We’d love to see you there and know Josh and Matt along with their team are ready to feed you!

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#SCBDExclusive: .@WhiteCastle is coming to East Brunswick, NJ!

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This Sunday, March 16th, White Castle will be opening it’s 30th New Jersey location in East Brunswick! This state-of-the-art White Castle, which includes two flat-screen TVs, a grab-n-go drink cooler and free Wi-Fi, is located at 645 Highway 18.

“We’re excited to add another new restaurant to the White Castle family,” said Lisa Ingram, president of White Castle and fourth generation family member. “We can’t wait for Cravers to join us in East Brunswick to share our famous Sliders, and we hope to initiate some new customers into Craver Nation.”

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East Brunswick’s new White Castle will be open 24/7 serving breakfast from midnight to 10:30 AM daily, along with their traditional lunch and dinner menu. For those Cravers that show up early, White Castle’s team members will be handing out free giveaways to the first 50 customers.

For more information about this and other White Castle locations, visit their website!

#SCBDExclusive: St. Patrick’s Day Fun in the Tri-State!

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Whether you’re Irish by blood or Irish in spirit, you can find tons of fun ways to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day in New Jersey. The top bars and restaurants are hosting events all weekend long to help celebrate the Luck of the Irish! Check out these cool events happening in your neighborhood:

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NCAA March Madness at The Village Pourhouse Hoboken | Sunday, March 17th – Monday, April 7th

The only place to watch the NCAA March Madness tournament is with us! With specials on everything from pitchers of beer, to our signature wings and burgers, and enough HDTV’s to watch every minute of every game….how could you say no? Join us for “March Madness” and reserve your space now! For additional information and reservations, visit this site!

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Kegs & Eggs “Green Breakfast” St. Patty’s Weekend at Manhattan’s SideBAR | Saturday, March 15th – Monday, March 17th

iAdventure.com and SideBAR (115 E 15. St, NYC) bring Manhattan their 3rd Annual Kegs & Eggs “Green Breakfast” weekend bash! Join us for a weekend of everything green…Green Beer, Green Eggs, Green Bagels, Green Pancakes & of course, Lucky Charms. Tickets, including our breakfast buffet & open bar options, are available here.

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Carnival Style Deep-Fried Oreo & Ice Cream Sliders | Little Town Hoboken

Little Town’s Executive Chef Jordan Andino is whipping up his New “Secret Menu Item!”

Try chef’s Carnival Style Deep-Fried Oreo & Ice Cream Sliders, with a scoop of Chocolate, Vanilla & Strawberry ice cream sandwiched between each warm cookie. For more information & menus please visit their website.

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities @ Red Knot @ Galloping Hill Golf Course

From Executive Chef Ralph Romano: a series of delicious Dinner Specials, including Corned Beef Sandwiches, Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness-Steamed Mussels as well as (of course!) a traditional Corned Beef Dinner ($18) with potatoes, cabbage
and carrots. Irish Soda Bread, too.

This special menu will be available Friday night, March 14th through Monday night, March 17th. Additionally: From Friday to Monday, Red Knot will be decorated for the holiday and (recorded) Irish music will be playing BUT on Saturday night, a Live band playing Irish music will be featured!

For more information and to register for these events, visit the Galloping Hill Golf Course website.

 

#SCBDReview: @EmpanadaGuy1 Restaurant-Let the addiction begin! OH, it has!

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Empanada Guy started off with Food Trucks. I know, I was in line when he was at The Food Truck Wars this year at Monmouth Park, NJ. There are 2 Empanada Guy trucks and a 3rd on the way.

When I heard there was a restaurant in Freehold so close to my home, I had to go. The location has lots of parking as it is in a strip mall. You also can’t miss the distinctive red Empanada Guy sign. Once inside, the menu is on a TV rotating with pictures and easy to read. I had a game plan for this visit. We started with a chicken and a beef empanada as our appetizer. One bite and you can tell these are made with the freshest ingredients. Each one was full of ingredients, no skimping here. They also had hot sauce to dip them in or put on top. The sauce was typical of Spanish hot sauce, vinegary , not super-hot. Great stuff!

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For our main meal we split two more items. I ordered the Cuban sandwich and my companion ordered one of the Specials for the day, shrimp and scallops over rice. The Cuban sandwich was perfect. Fresh ham, roasted pork, melty cheese and the mustard and pickle that makes it what it is. It is obvious Empanada Guy knows his stuff. I admit we fought, just a little, over the shrimp and scallop dish. The rice was done just right, the shrimp and scallops too, and that sauce…might just need a container of that to put over anything I have at home.

Well, by then we were pretty full, but the apple cinnamon empanadas could not go ignored. So we had one and took a few home. And of course, no meal would be complete without homemade flan. This was a dense intense carmel flavor and the sauce to sop it up with. What a great way to end a meal!
Empanada Guy, we’ll be back.

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SCBD POV: Get excited, Empanada Guy has a restaurant in Freehold, NJ now. I am sucker

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for good Spanish and Latin American driven food being that I am half Colombian. Empanada Guy brings you just that from a variety of homemade empanadas to beef stew. The food is made to order so it takes some time but it is completely worth it. The empanadas are pretty big but my beef empanada was gone before I knew it. I opted for the beef stew which was a special for my meal and it was delicious. I’m craving it already, it’s definitely a destination for Hispanic Comfort food in the area! It’s also a BYOB so feel free to bring your Sangria or Corona’s with you!

Empanada Guy Restaurant
Park Plaza
568 Park Ave.
(Route 33 Business)
Freehold, NJ 07728
Telephone: 888-623-7765 ext. 4
Email: empanadaguy1@yahoo.com

#SCBDReview: In Heaven at Veggie Heaven in Denville, NJ

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I decided to try this restaurant I pass by all the time in Denville, NJ. It is called Veggie heaven. It is a 100% natural vegetarian cuisine restaurant. They pride themselves to being super healthy and vegetarian. They cook with pure olive oil and other healthy oils that all have positive nutritional value. They are an Asian inspired place as well. They create their dishes with vegetables and vegetable derivatives. They even quote on their menu that “our ‘meat’, ‘poultry’, and ‘seafood’ are made from ingenious blends of bean curd, taro root, wheat gluten, mushrooms, yams, and other vegetables.”

They are located right on the main street in the center of Denville. They start out by giving you water and a dish of a cabbage mix. It was sweet and so tasty. A great start to the meal.

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For my meal I decided to go with a lunch special. It costs $6.95 and included a choice of soup or spring roll. The main dish had a choice of white or brown rice. I decided to start with the spring roll. It came with sweet and sour sauce to dip it in. The taste was so fresh. It was delicious and honestly was the best spring roll I have ever had. The crust was flakey but not super oily.

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For the main dish I ordered the sweet and sour ‘chicken’ with brown rice.

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This was outstanding. I asked if it was fried, and she said it is lightly but can be cooked without it being friend, so I took that option. Everything was delicious. The rice was soft and good, it came with broccoli and mushrooms. These were soft and fresh. The sauce I got medium spice, it was the right amount of kick to enjoy. The ‘chicken’ was delicious. It was better than chicken, it was full of flavor and was a cool consistency. It was soft but not too soft. It had a consistency similar to tofu, but more hard. It was outstanding. I even had a little left over that I brought home. It was a good portion for lunch!

I also ordered the house tea. They do have other flavors but I was unaware of this when I ordered. It was similar to Chinese tea but not as strong. It was a delicious combination to accompany my meal. This was also no additional fee for the tea.

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The meal finished with the bill and a fortune cookie. I love finishing my tea with a fortune cookie; the combination of the two is delightful. My fortune cookie read ‘solid gains are possible today, but with a headache.’ I can relate to this. It has been a long day, but one where I accomplished a lot of difficult things. I love fortunes.

Finally my bill was under $10, it cost $7.44 with tax. Then I left a tip on top of that. It was a great deal for some amazing food. Even the average meat lover would love this place. I love a good steak, chicken, or pork dinner, but this place is outstanding no matter what type of eater you are.

I rate this place an A plus. Service was outstanding and alert, really friendly too. The food is beyond outstanding and the atmosphere is so relaxing and pleasant, it is like a getaway. Please try this place, a must go in Denville.

 

http://www.veggieheavennj.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Veggie-Heaven/106379826139652

They do have other independently owned locations, listed below.

Veggie Heaven Teaneck: www.veggieheaventeaneck.com

Veggie Heaven Montclair: www.veggieheavenmontclair.com

Veggie Heaven New City: www.veggieheavennewcity.com

#SCBDEventRecap: #SCBDTeam takes Pizza Making Class at .@MilliesOldWorld

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Recently, the SCBD Team attended a pizza making class at Morristown, New Jersey’s own Millie’s Old World Meatballs and Pizza. Millie’s is a family style restaurant that was first opened by two brothers in honor of their grandmother and boasts an extensive menu of authentic Italian cuisine prepared in wood-fire and coal-burning ovens. Read what the team had to say about Millie’s, but be warned: your taste buds will soon be screaming for a taste of Millie’s dinner menu!

Being founder & Editor-in-chief of SCBD, I am always happy and love to give my team and I awesome experiences that we all love, whether it be a food and beverage adventure, fitness, etc! I came across Millie’s this summer when Jason & I were walking through Morristown looking for a place to have dinner. We didn’t want to go to a place we ate at before and Millie’s looked interesting, and we really liked the menu. We had a superb experience that time we went so once I saw Millie’s offered pizza making classes I knew the SCBD Team and I had to check it out and fill you in on the amazing experience.

Mind you, I was jetlagged that day due to work travel the week before and I had a great time and tried not to let it get in my way. Our instructor was the executive chef, Pete. He gave us the basics on the pizza dough, showed us how to properly roll it and last, create and cook our pizzas. We were treated to lunch filled with Millie’s specialties from their vodka and marinara meatballs, signature salads, prosciutto and handmade mozzarella and more. They also provided us with their variety of fountain drinks and they had ice for us to put our wine in.  I would recommend this to any foodie who wants to have a fun party or celebration, you learn a lot about pizza making and get to enjoy the great food serve.
 - Sara Monica, The Small Chick

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This Small Chick, Big Deals team event was a Pizza Making Event, and I do recommend doing this with your friends or family. We were taught how to properly roll out the dough, some history of the restaurant, and the options of pizza we have. Then, our instructor explained all the choices of toppings, cheese, and sauces we could use. They had a ton of choices. I couldn’t choose just one, so I split my pizza into three sections. The first two sections I put red sauce and a white pizza base with a vegetable mix (which included eggplant, peppers, artichokes, zucchini, and mushrooms,) and I topped it with basil. The final section was a white truffle cream and Prosciutto. Once the toppings were on it, we had the chef take the pizza and cook it. It took less than 90 seconds to bake! Then it was done. I loved all three types, but my absolute favorite was the Truffle cream and Prosciutto.

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Once we got back to the table, we had meatballs waiting for us in two different sauces: Vodka and Marinara. We also had two salads, the Arcadian Salad (which had candied walnuts, gorgonzola with apple smoked bacon in an apricot vinaigrette) and an Antipasto Salad. Everything was so good, the meatballs were so big and tasted so fresh. I couldn’t choose which sauce I liked better, both were so tasty. -Kristen Heard 

My first time at Millie’s was definitely a memorable one. Pete, our instructor, was very friendly and patient with us pizza novices, and I really enjoyed learning about what it takes to make some delicious pizza. I loved how hands-on the experience was and that we could make mistakes and Pete was there to help us get it right. The best part was being able to be behind the counter and make my pizza just like the employees do. Watching the process while dining is one thing but to be a part of it was fun and exciting. The sauces and toppings to choose from were delicious from freshly made mozzarella to a truffle sauce, (what?!) which were both absolutely amazing on my pizza. After making our pizzas we came back to a table full of meatballs, salads, fresh mozzarella and prosciutto as well as an antipasto. We ended the meal with a Nutella pie which was the cherry on top of a delicious meal. I highly recommend going to Millie’s for some amazing food and a friendly staff. I will definitely go back for more deliciousness! -Kristen Lefkus 

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If you have a chance to take one of Millie’s Worlds Pizza making classes, it is definitely a must do! Not only do you get to make your own pizza, you also get to eat it along with learning some cool facts about Millie’s Restaurant. While attending this class, I learned about two different kinds of ovens they use for their pizza making: coal-fired and wood-fired, each adding a little different touch. Peter the Chef at Millie’s teaches the class and gives hands on instructions of how to properly roll, flatten and prepare your pizza. Next, we went over to the kitchen where we were able to get creative with as many toppings and sauces as we would like. Since I couldn’t choose just one, I made four different slices in one! Our pizzas were cooking in the wood-fired oven, which bakes at 900 degrees and is finished in a matter of 90 seconds. When our pizza was finished we got to try some of their antipasti salads and their fresh mozzarella platter with prosciutto. We also had their famous meatballs! This recipe was passed down by the owner’s grandmother. You have a choice of marinara meatballs or meatballs with vodka sauce. Everything was to die for at Millie’s, but my absolute favorite was the Nutella pie for dessert which is topped with fresh cannoli cream. My experience at Millie’s was so good, I was back the next week for more! -Jessica Danto 

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Despite running late due to a “light dusting” of snow, I had a really awesome experience at Millie’s Old World Meatballs and Pizza. I walked in to a table full of beautiful salads, mozzarella cheese platters, and meatballs. I started with a plate of the arugula salad and some homemade mozzarella. The salad worked so well together, especially with the prosciutto-wrapped breadsticks. I tried the arcadian mix salad next and was equally impressed; however, the star of the dish was the applewood smoked bacon. The strips were thick and crispy, with a really deep smoky flavor. The mozzarella was creamy and incredibly fresh. There is a huge difference between mozzarella made in house and mozzarella that is brought in. Because I was late, my pizza lesson was a private lesson. I went into the kitchen prepared to show off my pizza-making abilities only to find that Neapolitan pizza is very unique. After a valiant first attempt at stretching the dough, I was ready to top my pizza. I decided to make a ½ margherita, ½ Helena pizza. I topped the margherita side with fresh basil, homemade mozzarella, tomato sauce, and sprinkled it with parmigiano reggiano. The Helena side was my own creation of white truffle cream sauce, broccoli rabe, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, and diced onion. The pizza was so light and crispy and restored my confidence in my pizza craftsmanship. For dessert, we had nutella pizza with scoops of cannoli filling on each slice. Pizza, nutella, and cannoli: there is so much beauty in this world. I am so glad that we had this experience as a team, and I will definitely be back soon. -Helena Riede

I am so pleased that I was able to take part in the experience of learning how to make wood-fire pizza at Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza. Chef Peter and the staff provided a fun and interactive class for our group. What made the class special was learning the background and technique of what makes Millie’s pizza dough so unique. Chef Peter exudes passion for everything from the fresh and homemade ingredients down to the final product. This really shone through in his teachings and demonstrations. Savoring our homemade pizzas paired with some other house specialties that Millie’s shared with the group was the perfect end to a great afternoon. Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza will definitely become a regular in my restaurant rotation!  -Missy Somers

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The Wood Fire Pizza Making Class is new to Millie’s. It is around $25 per person (tax & tip not included) and involves you making your own pizza, meatballs & salad for the table. Contact 973.267.9616 or email events@milliesoldworld.com for more information or about having your own event or private party!

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