Lahori Chicken: Suvir Saran, Stephanie Lyness, and Riesling
A mano: Ridgewood, NJ

Mano ciao Roberto: Amano: Ridgewood, NJ

Update (20080119):  the Bergen Record reports that Roberto Caporuscio is no longer with A Mano.  More troubling, the approach to pizza-making has changed as well.  Back to the original post...Img_5194

FINALLY, a newer update and a report on the pizza can be found here (click).

I've been watching the progress of Jerry's Italian market in Ridgewood.  Readers will recall how excited I was when I spoke with the folks at Jerry's and was told that they'd be opening a brick oven pizzeria with true Neapolitan style pizza.  Well the story might be a bit more interesting:

Last night I was poking around the pizza making forum and saw this post that quoted something from the website (I have no idea what that is).  Apparently, a restaurateur from Pittsburgh named Roberto Caporuscio, who had a highly-regarded pizzeria called Regina Margherita Pizza, is opening Mano Ciao Roberto at 24 Franklin Ave, in Ridgewood, which happens to be the same corner as Jerry's.  See where I'm going with this?  Of course you do.  Confused yet?  Me too.

If what I read is correct, this guy is no joke when it comes to Neapolitan style pizza.  I could have been more accurate than I knew when I guessed that this pizza might end up being known as the best in NJ, and the best that you've tasted.



It's confirmed:  it's Roberto Caporuscio.  The place is called Amano (or, perhaps, A mano).  It's almost done, and they've been in there practicing the cooking and serving.   I spoke with a guy working on the final details of the interior and he told me that the pizza is amazing.  Same for the gelato, which is made right there.  I'm told it'll be open by the end of January, 2007.

It's connected to Jerry's, and there's obviously a relationship of some sort, but I believe this is Roberto's gig.

This is the most exciting and notable food event in Ridgewood, and perhaps north Jersey, ever.