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About Anjelica’s

1016472_758532340848870_32567870082083198_nSince 1996, Anjelica’s Restaurant has been one of New Jersey’s premier Italian restaurant destinations. Family owned and operated, Anjelica’s maintains a credo of excellence in its quality of food, warm service and gracious hospitality.

 

In a setting of casual elegance, Anjelica’s takes inspiration from the rich culture of Italian cuisine. Owner Ray Lena’s passion for cooking has its roots in his Italian family. Growing up in a seashore home in Long Branch, NJ, he was surrounded by his mother, Julia as well as his grandmother, aunts and great aunts. “They were wonderful cooks with a deep love for the process of cooking and their ingredients,” says Lena. The kitchen was the heart of the home.  Outside a large garden was ripe with tomatoes, varieties of peppers, eggplant, zucchini and herbs. Everyday dough was rolled out for pasta, sauce simmered in large pots and fish, bought from local fisherman, was grilled, poached or fried. “I never left the kitchen. I learned by looking, listening and smelling…kind of by osmosis. Everything we do at Anjelica’s has its genesis in those days when I was a child.”

 

Anjelica’s was devastated by hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012. It was rebuilt from the ground up and 350 days later reopened its doors to critical praise. Anjelica’s continues to capture a unique warmth and comfort and maintains its reputation as one of New Jersey’s finest and most beloved restaurants.

 

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Anjelica’s is a BYOB Restaurant!