We are all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but some New Jersey towns are more Irish than others. (more…)
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
- Cost: $$
- Credit Cards: No
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Parking: Street
- Take Out: Yes
October 25, 2010
Spirito’s serves up red sauce Italian like my grandmother used to make. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if my Grandfather used to eat there in the 1950s. This Elizabeth favorite probably looks and feels exactly the same. A no-frills, family-friendly dining room with wooden booths against the walls, under old pictures of the Elizabeth docks. There’s a bar area with a separate entrance. Spirito’s is open for dinner only, and closed on Mondays.
The atmosphere is old school, with old waitresses. My son was startled when our waitress, sixty years old if a day, carrying a full tray of dirty dishes from another table, supported her elbows on our table, and the tray under his nose, while she memorized our order.
Spirito’s menu is brief. Pasta and a few meat dishes like chicken, veal parmigiana, and veal and peppers. Everything we had was delicious. I can still taste the garlic salad I ordered six months ago. It’s a must try. The homemade ravioli is excellent – a perfect cheese mixture fills the ravioli and the lasagna. The chicken parm is thin, even light, unlike most versions. The veal melts in your mouth. Everything comes with a tomato gravy that’s been cooking all afternoon. Spirito’s also serves bar pies, which have many fans, but I haven’t tried one yet.