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 HobokenGirl.com. With deep entrepreneurial roots in Hudson County — as her grandparents owned textile businesses on Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen dating back to the 50s — she started the site as a Hoboken resident to discover the amazing things happening in the area. 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 two pups, or watching Bravo TV and ordering takeout with her husband.


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