MONTVILLE, NJ – Township and state-wide officials were on hand to attend the grand opening of Towaco’s new deli, Fragetti’s, named after owner Chris Fragetti, who grew up in Towaco and still lives in town. The deli is located on Main Road across from the train station.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, who was in attendance for the June 3 ceremony, offered her congratulations and “welcome home.”
Mayor Jim Sandham also welcomed Fragetti, saying he had coached him in 8th grade when he played basketball. He called the deli part of a revitalization plan for that part of Towaco.
“Over the past 10 years, two major developments have been built at each end of the zone – anchors so to speak – and the area in between has seen new development, expansions and face lifts,” Sandham said. “This is a store in a group purchased by a local citizen, who revitalized it and has attracted several new businesses.”
Sandham said it is wonderful to see a Montville resident he’s known for so long become a part of the local business community. Fragetti attended the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan and attained degrees in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management, Sandham said.
“Opening a restaurant was always a dream, and I’m so happy that it’s here because I’m from Towaco,” Fragetti said. “As the mayor said, this area is part of a revitalization project and I’m proud to be a part of that.”
The new restaurant is an artisan deli, Fragetti told TAPinto Montville.
“We’re a level above what you expect out of a deli,” he said. “We offer the classic deli sandwiches, with quality ingredients, while also offering something different that you won’t find anywhere else.”
Fragetti said that top sellers are the Soho chicken sandwich, which features fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, sliced avocado and chipotle mayo on a sub roll. Another customer favorite is the Napa chicken salad, which is a wrap containing house-made chicken salad with dried cranberries, grapes, sliced almonds, lettuce and tomato.
Catering, online ordering and delivery are in the works for the future, Fragetti said.
The deli is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can be found on Facebook and at http://fragettisdeli.com/.