Couple celebrate 30th birthday of Italian restaurant they opened as newlyweds

Herbert M. Pickett

JACKSON TWP.  For three decades, Larry and Renee Anderson have been building a life and a successful restaurant together.

a group of people sitting at a table: Larry And Renee Anderson opened Bocca Grande Italian restaurant in 1991 and are now celebrating their 30th year

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Larry And Renee Anderson opened Bocca Grande Italian restaurant in 1991 and are now celebrating their 30th year

The couple married in May 1990 and in January 1991 opened Bocca Grande Italian Steakhouse at 4490 Erie Ave. NW. The restaurant’s 30th birthday was Thursday.

“Our entire married life, all we’ve ever known is this lifestyle,” Renee, 58, said about what the landmark anniversary means to them. 

As far as the couple “living together, working together and playing together,” Larry, 61, said, “It’s actually been very easy. We’re after the same goals, and whatever we do we end up accomplishing 95% of it. We feed off each other. She keeps me in line and I keep her in line.”

Renee, who grew up in Erie, Pa., traces

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Italian steakhouse proposed for subdivision at former Victor’s Italian Cuisine property

Herbert M. Pickett

A subdivision with two lots that includes an Italian steakhouse is proposed for the vacant Victor’s Italian Cuisine property at 1639 Broadway.

Attorney Richard Magnan appeared before the Planning Board on Jan. 7 to share his client Maddy’s Place LLC’s intention to divide the 1639 Broadway parcel into two lots that feature a cul-de-sac entranceway.

Magnan said the preliminary subdivision plan calls for the existing Victor’s Italian Cusine building to be demolished and the construction of a new restaurant.

The end use for the other lot has yet to be determined, Magnan said.

A liquor license is attached to the 1639 Broadway site, Magnan said, adding that a restaurant must be built in order to activate the license.

In October 2019, the Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 to transfer an all alcohol common victualer’s license from Victor’s Italian Cuisine to Saugus Rte 99, LLC.

Bobby Wong said the plan is

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Palate-leasing pastas and salads at Canton’s Piada Italian Street Food

Herbert M. Pickett
Palate-leasing pastas and salads at Canton’s Piada Italian Street Food

JACKSON TWP. Somehow Piada: Italian Street Food has flown under my radar since its opening in 2013 at 4469 Belden Village St. NW.

I knew of its existence for sure and  knew Piada was a Columbus-based chain. But I had only a vague idea of the menu and had never ventured inside.

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After my other restaurant-review plans abruptly fell through Sunday, I decided to give Piada a try. I went to, studied the menu at length, and struggled a bit with placing an online order for two pastas and a salad.

My food was ready for pickup at the designated time, about 20 minutes later, and well packaged for travel. Curbside pickup is available. Piada has an appealing interior design, with subdued lighting (this was nighttime) above wooden tables, and a counter that offers fast-casual,  Chipotle-style service. (Next

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Anthony Salvatore, former owner of Hoboken pizzeria, remembered for his love of Italian heritage and family

Herbert M. Pickett

Anthony Salvatore, the former owner of Filippo’s on First Pizzeria in Hoboken, died Saturday. He was 46.

Salvatore, who battled lymphoma for six years, was an “old soul” who embraced his Italian heritage and a love for food, loved ones wrote on a GoFundMe page created in his memory.

The page, which has a goal of raising $50,000 to support Salvatore’s wife and three sons, has raised more than $32,000 in just three days.

A North Bergen native, Salvatore graduated from North Bergen High School and went on to own two Italian restaurants: Filippo’s on First Pizzeria, between Willow and Park avenues, and later, Casa Azzurri Italian Restaurant in Madison.

Customers raved on Yelp about the specialty pies and flavorful sauce at Filippo’s, which never reopened after suffering extensive flooding in Superstorm Sandy.

“Hoboken has good pizza but NOTHING compares to filippo’s,” one person wrote on Yelp, begging for the

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