I couldn’t conclude a tour of New Jersey without visiting a Jersey diner. And without getting Taylor ham, although it’s referred to as pork roll in South Jersey.
When you step inside Ponzio’s, the first thing you see is the huge bakery with cases of cakes, pastries and cookies. A sight that has me drooling.
For an appetizer, we got the bay fries. These were really delicious!
I got a pork roll and cheese sandwich.
Pretty good, although I prefer a breakfast Taylor ham and egg roll.
My friend was excited to get calamari marinara, calamari as an entrée without breading.
I thought I’d try the peach pie, which looks amazing in this photo, with its whipped cream piled high. I have to say it was a bit disappointing though, as it didn’t have a fresh, farm-fresh pie flavor to it. I think the whipped cream was artificial.
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Owner Joe Clemente hails from Brooklyn where his family had successful grocery businesses. In 2008, he opened Dolce & Clemente in Robbinsville, New Jersey. If you visit, it is in the same shopping center as De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies, so you can shop before or after your pizza. They have a deli counter, bakery and prepared meal sections.
So much Italian bread
Plenty of taralli and even gluten-free pasta
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Bagliani’s Italian Market is a third-generation family-owned Italian market in Hammonton, New Jersey, a city in a farming community with an Italian-American population of 45%. They have everything an Italian could want.
the hard-to-find basket cheese
real buttermilk! (OK, maybe the average Italian cook doesn’t need this one, but I sure do!)
a huge deli department
lots of cheeses and even canned Jersey tomatoes! And, of course, plenty of Brioschi for after the meal!
San Remo Italian Imports in Totowa, New Jersey, is an Italian imports store owned by a friendly man from Italy that sells food and sundries, such as canned and jarred foods, cookies, candies, cakes, olive oil, vinegar, coffee– your essential items from Italy. There are some kitchen items like bowls, platters and cheese graters. The store also has some Italian greeting cards, movies, CDs, T-shirts and tchotchke from Italy like Italian horns, keychains, wooden Pinocchios and stickers. One of the highlights of this store is that they sell Italian magazines, which are hard to find. They have a good selection of tabloid-type, cooking and news magazines.
There are so many great places to eat in Cape May, but when I saw Cajun Pierogies on the menu at Delaney’s Irish Pub & Grill, I was sold. These are cheese and potato pierogies with Cajun seasoning. They were delicious!
Also got the basket of tater tots with white cheddar bacon cheese sauce.
Some fried calamari.
And for some greens, a tomato and mozzarella salad.
This menu has a huge selection of items, and it was the perfect place to share some appetizers. They were all very good.
Penza’s Pies at the Red Barn Cafe is the legacy of the originating Sicilian farmer whose family still owns it. You can’t miss the big red barn off Route 206 in Hammonton, New Jersey.
The cafe is small and quaint. When we visited, we got brunch.
Apparently, you can’t order a slice of pie, but they do have a pie-like dessert with Jersey blueberries. This was really delicious!
We also got a blueberry pie for the road.
When you’re done, stop by the nearby farmers’ market for New Jersey peaches, blueberries and tomatoes.