• Old Las Olas Location to Open as New Restaurant ‘Apulia’

    For Las Olas frequenters, there’s going to be a change of scenery uptown {read: from Asian/Latin fusion to Southern Italian}. We recently stopped by the space that is under construction, located at 1319 Washington Street. It will reopen as an Italian restaurant and wood-fired pizza shop called Apulia.

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    The exterior of Apulia. Still a work in progress!

    Frank Sciacca, a NJ native, and his Uncle Franco {who is a chef and originally from the region of Apulia, Italy} are teaming up to open Apulia in Hoboken. The restaurant’s namesake is based on Franco’s home region in Italy, a southern area forming the heel of the “boot” — known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and stunning Mediterranean coastline. The coastline region is known for its seafood and “the ultimate home-cooking,” per the New York Times, which is allegedly perceived differently from many Italian restaurants in our area that focus on other regional cuisines {think: chicken parm and regular pizza won’t be on the menu}.

    apulia hoboken italian

    “Our pizza won’t be like regular American-Italian pizza,” Frank shares. But there will be pizza – Italian-style. And to prove that point, he shows his beauty of an oven, the Acunto M. Napoli Wood-Fired oven. “It’s the only one in the area that’s actually wood-fired,” he proudly noted.

    apulia hoboken italian food

    This intentionally casual spot will house a contemporary vibe, and Frank wants the space to feel “different” — a task that, as many know, may prove to be difficult in the Mile Square, considering how many Italian restaurants are located in town. “We want the experience to be a social, active fun night out, where you’re immersed in the food.” Based off southern Italian dishes, which range from pizza and pasta to seafood {and, according to Frank, many homemade recipes}, the menu will be a work in progress as they soft open to the public and see what is most popular. “Franco is the talented chef behind the operation. We both have a background in restaurants and work really well together,” Frank explained.

    See More: All About Tenth Street Pizza + Pasta

    They’re hoping for an outdoor space in the spring in their backyard, and the restaurant will be BYOB. Expect Hoboken’s uptown scene to have Apulia join the ranks at the end of September, as long as permits and approvals go through. Welcome to the neighborhood, Apulia!

    See More: A List of BYOB Restaurants in Hoboken


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. She started the site to discover the wealth of fun things happening in Hoboken and Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County areas. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog Pierre + rescue pup Finn, or watching some really bad {but oh-so-good} reality TV and ordering takeout with her husband.


    • This is fantastic news! Hoboken was surely starving for another Italian restaurant. Wow, they have pizza too. Brilliant!

      They should possibly consider franchising and/or branching out into the world of sports bars catering to out of town NJ d-bags!


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