Enter a small brick building standing alone now between two parking lots in Newark, NJ. The 5x5 foyer is lined top to bottom with sea shells and photos of the coast of old Italy. A greeting from a gentleman in tux accompanies seating. Rico, also in tux, was fluent in the specials and I chose the veal Marcella. The dish was excellent but the experience was marvelous. There was not a waiter or bar tender that had not been born in the world of Mussolini. The wall art and frames are circa 1960’s. A sense of time travel accompanies the dish of olives and breads that are presented when seated. The guests this evening are of true Italian descent, giving me a feeling of family and home even with no Italian blood of my own.
Veal Marcella $16.00
TORNA A. SORRENTO RISTORANT0
54 Westfield Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ , 908-351-4060