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Spirito’s in Elizabeth Ranked Nationally as One of the Top Italian Restaurants

ELIZABETH, NJ - Landmark restaurant Spirito's made MSN's national listing of the top Italian eateries, ranked as 18 out of 50.

As described on MSN, “If you’re from a certain part of northern New Jersey, there’s about a 100 percent chance that you’ve heard of Spirito’s, and an equally good chance that you’ve been there.”

Established in 1932, the still family run restaurant on the corner of High Street and Third Avenue seems to standstill in time. No butter, coffee, or dessert is served, and it is strictly cash only. Famous for its pizza, veal parmigiana, and homemade ravioli, the restaurant is a well known spot for generations of local, and not so local, customers. Hillsborough residents Patricia and Bob Matzek often take the hour long ride back to their hometown for pizza and salad with garlic dressing.

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"Spirito's is the best," said Bob. "I've been going there since high school in 1957. The pizza is the best. I usually also have the veal parm with ravioli. The ravioli are superb. It is worthwhile for us to drive 45 to an hour and then there's the parking. For us to do all that it has to be worth it."

For his wife, Patricia, Spirito's is more than good food. "I have five memories of my father because he died when I was very young," she recalled. "One of those memories is going to Spirito's. It has family ties, neighborhood ties, all the experiences of growing up. We went there after dances, after we got engaged. It was a part of our growing up, and it remains a part of our lives early, later, and older."

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Springfield Fire Department Delivers Baby on West I-78

March 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - On March 20, 2018 at 8:14 a.m. the Springfield Fire Department was dispatched to Route 78 Westbound near milepost 50.2 for a report of a woman in labor on the side of the road.  

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Holy Week Services at Trinity Cranford March 25th– April 1st, 2018

March 21, 2018

Trinity Episcopal Church, 119 Forest Avenue Cranford, NJ, invites everyone to come celebrate the Holy Week services at Trinity Cranford from March 25 to April 1st.  Join us to feel the Grace of God throughout this exceptional week beginning with Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem on Palm/Passion Sunday, the contemplative Taize service on Monday, see the origins of the Eucharist ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

March 20, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity.  Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation.  All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.  


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North Avenue East at Elizabeth Avenue

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

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Every single day, whether I want to be or not, I am reminded how important it is that Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives in November and check Donald Trump. Fortunately, there is a terrific candidate in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District who can beat incumbent Leonard Lance. That candidate is Tom Malinowski.

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