Romola's Seafood Grille Opens in Cranford


If you are looking for Sonny Acquaviva, look no further than Cranford, New Jersey. Totally at home in a stunning new, fine dining restaurant named Romola’s Seafood Grille, the former proprietor of Acquaviva delle fonti in Westfield, has brought his former chefs to his new establishment. Another reason to visit Romola’s Seafood Grille is to taste the food prepared by a top Mediterranean Chef who spent most of his life catering to ladies and gentlemen who dined on fine food served in the best of restaurants throughout France, Italy, and Greece.

“I’ve been planning for this special event for years,” said Sonny Acquaviva. After selecting this grand corner of South and North Union Avenue in Cranford for our beautiful new  restaurant, we’re honoring my partner Attorney Michael Ventura by naming our restaurant after his mother, and  displaying the magnificent rendering of her, and the Italian countryside on our back wall.”  

“This restaurant is the “Story of my Life,” adds Acquaviva. “I’ve always looked forward to owning a fine dining restaurant that serves excellent food, and offers fine service.  I want all of my customers to feel at home while enjoying the finest, freshest, Mediterranean cuisine served beautifully in a stunning environment.”

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Starters at Romola’s Seafood Grille offer Sushi Grade Tuna Tartare, fresh seaweed, capers, avocado, fresh mango, Ahi Tuna, Ginger, Wasabi Sauce; Oyster Cocktail (Raw), East Coast Blue Point Oysters, Horseradish Cocktail Sauce; Buffalo Caprese, Imported Italian Buffalo Mozzarella, Prostitute Di Parma, Roasted Red Peppers, Basil, Balsamic Glaze; Hot Appetizers: Grilled Octopus, Olive Oil, Grape Tomatoes, Olives, Roasted Potatoes, lemon emulsion; Zapper: New England Clam Chowder, fresh diced clams, Idaho potatoes, smoked Apple wood Bacon: Peace: Chilean Sea Bass, Italian Panacea, fresh basil, cannelloni beans, plum tomatoes and garlic sauce, al dente Italian risotto; Jumbo Shrimp and Scallops, pan seared, truffle oil, served over wild mushroom risotto, and Romola’s So Buco, braised in a ragu, served on a bed of saffron risotto. Desserts are prepared in house by Romola’s  own pastry chef and feature fresh berries, in a lemon cheese custard sauce, a magnificent French Creme brulee, and a wildly delicious French souffle.

“This restaurant is my gift,” continued Acquaviva. ”Everyone that enters will be treated like family. We look forward to serving you in this beautiful environment. Welcome to Romola’s Seafood Grille!

2 South Avenue
For reservations and information:
Call: 908.272.0045
Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.
FYI: Reservations are required for Friday and Saturday evening.  Street parking. Free Parking Garage available after 6 p.m. Casually smart dress. Private parties welcome!
BYO. New Jersey Wine Seller Wine List.
Dinner for Two: from $75 to $100.00 (excluding tax and gratuity)

Millicent K. Brody is an award-winning writer and photographer and a resident of Westfield, New Jersey.  Contact her at

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