Hoboken’s Pizzeria Gaining Popularity

By: Rocco Russo

Rocco Russo grew up around food and in the food business.  Between family catering, venues, restaurants and obviously pizzerias, he is a trained Executive Chef.  Russo attended Culinary School (Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York) in the 1990’s.  In the early 2000’s, the Russo’s moved to St Augustine, Florida, where they opened Russo’s Italian Restaurant. In 2013, they moved back to NJ, where for the next 10 years Russo entered the realm of Executive Chef for a variety of hotels, with The Marriott and The Hilton being a few.  

“Once the pandemic (COVID-19) came about, I was laid off from my Executive Chef position.  At that time, my wife (Christine) and I decided we wanted to go back into business for ourselves.  Even though it wasn’t the best time to open a restaurant, our broker found us this fantastic location, so we accepted the opportunity,” Russo says.  

Russo and his wife became creators and founders of Hoboken’s Pizzeria in Pompton Plains in August 2021.  The Pizzeria is located near Routes 46, 80, 202 and 287, key transportation arteries in Essex, Morris, and Passaic counties.  Word is traveling about Russo and the Hoboken’s Pizzeria cuisine.  

“We put out a quality product.  What we bring to the area is a unique spin on the pizzeria delivery service.  If you look at our menu, there is a lot of restaurant quality food at a reasonable price,” Russo says.  

He takes pride in all their old world Italian Recipes.  “I’m especially fond of my Lasagna, which is made with bechamel sauce ($14.50).   Another Favorite is the Rigatoni Bella ($20.50), which is a nice combination of shrimp and scallops.  One our top selling pizzas is our Shrimp Scampi Pie ($22.50),” Rocco shares. 

The menu is populated also by a variety of appetizers, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, as well as different entrée and pizza options.   Hoboken’s Pizzeria is mainly take out and delivery.  There are a few small tables to enjoy food that is prepared with great care and experience.  

Hoboken’s Pizzeria celebrated an August 9th grand opening.  “Business is definitely going in the right direction. My wife is my partner, and onsite is our nephew Vincent Russo, who works and runs the salad station, handles some frying and grilling.   Our Superb and knowledgeable staff has thus far handled a pretty hefty radius of delivery and takeout orders.  We receive orders from all parts of Wayne, Pequannock, Pompton Plains, Pompton Lakes, Butler, Wanaque, Haskell, Kinnelon and Lincoln Park,” Russo says.

Hoboken’s Pizzeria is located at 615 Route 23 South, Pompton Plains.  The full menu is available at www.hobokenspizzeria.com or call 973-907-2885 for more information.  


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