Apulia is Officially Open in Uptown Hoboken

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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.

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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 Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.