• Apulia is Officially Open in Uptown Hoboken

    If you once frequented Las Olas, you have probably now figured out that the once popular Asian/Latin fusion spot has closed. In its place {at 1319 Washington Street} is now Apulia, a Southern Italian restaurant, that just opened its doors on October 24th. We got an exclusive peek inside of the new wood-fired pizza shop when it first started construction, and we’re so excited to see it come to life. Read on to learn all about Hoboken’s newest business:

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    The exterior of Apulia while construction was going on

    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}.

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    “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.

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    This intentionally casual spot houses 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 is BYOB — double score! Welcome to the neighborhood, Apulia!

    See More: A List of BYOB Restaurants in Hoboken

    Have you tried Apulia yet? Share your experience with us in the comments and tag us in your foodie pics on Instagram @HobokenGirlBlog + #HobokrnGirl


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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.


    6 comments

    • 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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    • While I wish them the best on their endeavor I think this was a poorly placed restaurant. There are a few pizza places on that very block (14th Street) and Italian restaurants are very Saturated in Hoboken. We could have used a new sushi place uptown or maybe something unique that we don’t already have here but , another pizzeria, not so much. this would have been great in the back towards grand .

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    • This is an amazing place
      Far more then a pizzeria
      I ate there this week and the dishes were very good and certainly not pizzeria quality
      I suggest you try it
      Then decide

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    • You are out of your mind if you do not give this place a try…

      Franco is the original chef from S. Egidio in Ridgewood. Ridgewood’s loss is Hoboken’s gain.

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